Obstructive Sleep Apnoea occurs in all age groups and in
both sexes although it is more common in middle aged men.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, which causes symptoms of excessive
sleepiness affects an estimated 4% of the male and 2% of
the female middle age population.
Sleepiness is a global epidemic, and Obstructive Sleep
Apnoea syndrome is a major threat to nightly rest. People
most likely to have or develop Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
include those who snore loudly, are overweight, have high
blood pressure, or with physical abnormality in the nose,
throat, or other parts of the upper airway. If left untreated
or undiagnosed the results can be tragic.
Stimulants (like coffee) taken to counter the effects of
tiredness are not a substitute for sleep. The regular use
of stimulants by individuals may be a clue to the existence
of an underlying sleep disorder.