Welcome to The Sleep Apnoea Trust Association

Working to improve the lives of sleep apnoea patients,their partners and their families. Managed by volunteers, SATA is regarded as the leading UK charity working in the field of Sleep Apnoea

Complimentary Medical Alert card and purchase of a Medical Equipment Baggage Tag are now additional benefits if you join the Trust

Sleep Apnoea – Support available from the Trust

How the Trust can help

The Sleep Apnoea Trust supports patients through Education, Information and assisting Research & Development. It also raises awareness of the condition and acts as a lobbying group to represent the interest of Sleep Apnoea sufferers.

We do not provide medical advice. If you suspect you may be suffering from sleep apnoea please contact your GP who will be able to refer you to a specialised sleep clinic.

Please use the navigation links on the left or follow the links in the text below.

Helpline Support – Email only – Please try to find an answer first by using the extensive information available on our website

If you have a problem with your CPAP machine or mask, please contact your Sleep Clinic directly and it will sort out your problems.

If you are worried about sleep apnoea and cannot find the information you need on our website, then email the helpline on:


Practical advice is available in our leaflet , “Living with your CPAP- Your Frequent Questions Answered” available in the Downloads area here

Your rights under the NHS Constitution in England

The NHS in England has published a Constitution which outlines your rights:        https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

If you feel that your GP, Hospital or Sleep Clinic are not meeting the commitments  made in this publication this webpage outlines how to complain: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england/how-do-i-give-feedback-or-make-a-complaint-about-an-nhs-service

NB. To our knowledge, NHS Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not have such a Constitution and the rights outlined above do not apply


We have an excellent range of leaflets that explain the condition and its implications. The leaflets  are available in the Downloads area here.

Education and Information

SATAday is an annual conference organised by SATA where members and their guests can see the latest equipment, listen to talks by medical experts about the latest research and treatment and exchange views with other patients. You can find out more about the conference here

SATA also produces a regular newsletter called Sleep Matters which is delivered free of charge to members. The latest issue of Sleep Matters is available in the Downloads area here

Back issues of Sleep Matters are available in the Members Area.

Medical Alert Cards

Anyone with sleep apnoea should carry our credit-card-sized plastic card. The card carries a message advising paramedics and doctors of the medical condition. The card also bears a contact name and phone number of your sleep clinic. A version is available for Nocturnal Hypoventilation patients. You can find out more here

Medical Equipment Baggage Tag

SATA recommends that when travelling, patients should carry their CPAP with a highly visible Medical Equipment Baggage Tag. In these difficult times, especially when flying, you need to make it easy for your CPAP equipment to stay with you. CPAP is difficult to replace at your destination should it be lost or damaged by going into the baggage hold of an aircraft, so it must be carried on as additional hand baggage. The card carries your surname and initial, plus your mobile phone number for security reasons, as it is in public view when you travel. It is only available to Members at a cost of £10.

Research and Development.

SATA assists projects designed to improve the lives of sleep apnoea patients. These are often reported in presentations at SATAday or in articles in Sleep Matters

Other Support

We have also included links on this page to external sites and other support groups that support the condition

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