The “Sunday Night” segment on 21 July 2013 was a disturbing reminder of the prevalence and consequences of sleep apnoea. Watching young children suffering from sleep apnoea is somehow more heart wrenching than seeing an adult patient with the same condition -- but equally worrying.
Sleep disorders account for 9.1% of work-related injuries and 7.6% of non work-related motor vehicle accidents. (Access Economics, 'The Value of Healthy Sleep', 2004). Sleep apnoea is the most common of these sleep disorders. The cost of work-related injuries attributable to sleep disorders was estimated to be approximately $3billion in 2004, with production disturbance costs of an additional $126million.
We are all living through what medical literature refers to as 'a hidden epidemic'. This epidemic affects both genders, all ages, and all body shapes, from lean to obese. One in every three adults suffer from a significant form of this condition -- yet most people blithely ignore the condition, thinking it's normal.
Over the past decade, countless studies have linked sleep disorders to a wide range of serious consequences, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, congestic heart failure, stroke, diabetes ... and more.