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Sleep Disorders

13 January 2011

Sleep-disordered breathing comes at a heavy cost

Researchers looked at the socio-economic consequences of snoring, sleep apnoea, and obesity-related respiratory difficulties.

In one of the largest studies of its kind, Danish sleep researchers examined the socio-economic consequences of the sleep disorders snoring, sleep apnoea, and obesity-related respiratory difficulties (obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS)). These disorders are a serious health and social-economic burden on the individual and on society as a whole.

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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