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In the latest edition of Sleep journal there is a study carried out at the University of Calgary entitled “HEALTH CARE UTILIZATION IN OSA PATIENTS WITH EDS”
The study concludes that:
“Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is associated with increased health care utilization among patients referred for assessment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). Further investigation is required to determine whether the findings are related to direct effects of sleepiness, or in part, to interactions with other comorbidity such as OSA.”
This study, which surveyed over 2000 adults during two years, serves as further evidence that OSA is strongly linked to other medical conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and depression. With the obesity epidemic which is spreading across the world, and in particular in developed and wealthy countries, the impact on society of this chronic condition is becoming ever more apparent.
Having seen the positive impact that treating OSA has had on the lives of patients at my clinic in Lincolnshire, I believe that it is in everyone’s interest that treatment becomes more widely available and affordable. Any new evidence that will make health authorities sit up and take notice is very welcome.