Sleep-disordered breathing (SBD) is used to describe snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) syndrome. Snoring and OSA are common medical conditions that affect between 15-50% of the adult population worldwide.
Snoring, due to vibration of tissues in the throat, can be a symptom of partial upper airway obstruction. The partial obstruction can lead to complete airway obstruction – a medical condition called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). In Singapore, about 15% of adults have OSA.
Consequences Studies have shown that OSA presents a huge economic burden to society. Individuals with untreated OSA use more healthcare resources, are associated with poor work performances and occupational injuries and are involved in more traffic accidents.
Studies have also shown that compared to normal individuals, untreated and inadequately treated OSA can lead to increased risk of :
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