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Sleep apnoea can contribute to chronic illness

Published on 04/01/2010
Sleep apnoea can be associated with increased risk of long-term health conditions including diabetes, obesity and depression.

According to research, the common sleep disorder, which involves interruptions in breathing during sleeping, has wider implications for health than previously thought.

Dr Andrew Cummin, sleep centre director at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: "If sleep apnoea is left untreated the consequences can be life-threatening. Health risks of particular concern include heart failure, stroke, irregular heart rhythms and cardiovascular disease."

He added that sleep apnoea sufferers are seven times more likely to have a car accident due to falling asleep behind the wheel.

A study conducted by experts from the University of Warwick and University College London recently found that women who get less than the recommended eight hours sleep a night are at higher risk of heart disease and heart-related problems than men with the same sleeping patterns.

Findings suggest that losing weight and cutting down on alcohol can help reduce snoring, which is a common symptom of sleep apnoea.

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