OSA ''more prevalent than people realise''
As many as a third of people who have treatment for ill health could also have sleep problems, it has been claimed.
The Hindu Times reports obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) can be damaging to health, but there are treatments that can ease the severity of symptoms.
N Ramakrishnan, director of Nithra Institute of Sleep Sciences, commented: "No tablet can cure sleep apnoea. However, equipment that maintains continuous airway pressure such as a CPAP machine allows a patient to enjoy good sleep."
According to Mr Ramakrishnan, research carried out in India has demonstrated that between eight and nine per cent of the population suffer from OSA, while diabetes sufferers typically demonstrate a higher incidence rate.
MSN Health recently reported there could be a significant number of cases of OSA going undiagnosed as a result of individuals putting their health issues down to other causes, such as a lack of regular exercise or poor diet.
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes