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Weekly £156 DWP payment for condition that triggers snoring

Derbyshire Live logo Derbyshire Live 16/08/2022 Karen Antcliff & Joseph Ash
The condition could lead to a £156 a week payment from the Department for Work and Pensions © Derby Telegraph/Simon Deacon The condition could lead to a £156 a week payment from the Department for Work and Pensions

Not only can it be extremely irritating for a partner, snoring can be a sign of a more serious medical condition. This condition could even lead to a £156 a week payment from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Sleep apnoea is a medical complaint that means your breathing stops and starts while you sleep. One of the symptoms associated with the condition is loud snoring.

However, before you start to panic that your night-time vocals may be serious, consider that sleep apnoea is more than an irritating snoring condition, reports Nottinghamshire Live. Symptoms listed by the NHS include making gasping, snorting or choking noises while you sleep, having breathing stopping and starting while you sleep and waking up a lot.

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The medical experts advise that it can be hard to tell if you have sleep apnoea. It may help to ask someone to stay with you while you sleep so they can check for the symptoms.

The NHS website adds that daytime symptoms include feeling very tired, finding it hard to concentrate, mood swings and a headache when you wake up. For this reason, some people with sleep apnoea could be eligible for Personal Independence Payments (PIP payments).

PIP is a government benefit that is designed to help those living with a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability and who have difficulty doing certain everyday tasks or getting around because of their condition. According to the government website, you can get PIP even if you are working, have savings or are getting most other benefits.

What you need to know about PIP

There are two parts to PIP. The first is a daily living part, which is payable to some if help is needed with everyday tasks.

The second part is a mobility section for those people who need help getting around. You'll need to be 16 or over to be considered for the benefit and to be eligible you'll have a long-term physical or mental health condition or disability.

In addition, you will have difficulty doing certain everyday tasks or getting around and expect the difficulties to last for at least 12 months from when they started. You must also be under State Pension age if you’ve not received PIP before.

You can get PIP even if you are working, have savings or are getting most other benefits. PIP is tax free and the amount you get will depend upon how difficult you find everyday activities and getting around.

The daily living part of the benefit provides £61.85 at the lower weekly rate and £92.40 at the higher weekly rate. The mobility part of the payment provides an extra £24.45 at the lower weekly rate and £64.50 and the higher weekly rate.

If you feel you are eligible for PIP, check the government website for the requirements for the benefit then call the PIP new claims number: 0800 917 2222. You'll need to provide the following information during your call, so have this handy.

  • your contact details, for example telephone number
  • your date of birth
  • your National Insurance number, if you have one (you can find this on letters about tax, pensions and benefits)
  • your bank or building society account number and sort code
  • your doctor or health worker’s name, address and telephone number
  • dates and addresses for any time you’ve spent in a care home or hospital
  • dates for any time you spent abroad for more than 4 weeks at a time, and the countries you visited

What you need to know about Sleep Apnoea and its causes

Sleep apnoea happens if your airways become too narrow while you sleep. This stops you breathing properly.

Sleep apnoea has been linked to:

  • obesity
  • having a large neck
  • getting older – although children and young adults can also get it
  • having other family members with sleep apnoea
  • smoking and drinking alcohol
  • having large tonsils or adenoids
  • sleeping on your back

If you think you may have the condition, make an appointment to see your GP. Sleep apnoea can be serious if it's not diagnosed and treated.

19 health conditions which could allow people to qualify for PIP

  • Malignant disease
  • Skin disease
  • Infectious disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Haematological disease
  • Diseases of the liver, gallbladder and biliary tract
  • Respiratory disease
  • Diseases of the immune system
  • Musculoskeletal disease
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Genitourinary disease
  • Endocrine disease
  • Metabolic disease
  • Neurological disease
  • Visual disease
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Multisystem and extremes of age
  • Hearing disorders

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