Sleep Apnea is a Public Health Problem
Given its prevalence and effect on health, quality of life, and safety obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is emerging as a significant public health issue that demands a social acknowledgment and concern. Millions of people suffer from different degrees of sleep disordered breathing beginning from simple snoring without pathology to more severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep disordered breathing affects as much as 9 percent of middle-aged women and 24 percent of middle aged men. The National Sleep Foundation reports that almost 18 million people suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, though as many as 90 percent of individuals with sleep apnea have never been diagnosed.
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