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OSA on the rise in Scotland

17 October 2011

A report on BBC Online has revealed the number of people being referred for sleep problems in Scotland has risen 25 per cent over the past three years, with about 80 per cent of patients overweight.

Figures for the rest of the UK are not available but doctors at sleep clinics in Scotland say their experience is probably mirrored elsewhere.

Responding to the revelations, Dr James Cant, British Lung Foundation Head of Scotland said:

“Evidence shows there are strong links between weight and obstructive sleep apnoea however it is crucial to understand that anyone can be affected. If you find yourself struggling to stay awake during the day, snoring loudly throughout the night, or even experiencing memory loss, we encourage you to take our online sleep test or speak with your GP.”

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