Key Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Statistics
Many are unaware of both how common OSA is, and the impact it has on people's lives.
The prevalence of OSA:
• 25,000,000 snorers in the UK - 40% of the population1
• 5% of the UK adult population thought to have undiagnosed OSA2 - over 2.5 million people
• Over 75,000 NHS sleep studies conducted annually3
• Over 250,000 men have Severe OSA in the UK4
• 100,000,000 people believe to have OSA worldwide5
• Average of seven years between first symptoms and OSA diagnosis6
• 26% of commercial drivers have OSA7
The dangers of untreated OSA:
• Untreated OSA linked with heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and obesity4
• Studies suggest tiredness may be a factor in 20% of road accidents4
• Ability to work is reduced4
• Quality of life for the person and their family can be severely impaired4
Treatment following diagnosis:
• Can increase life expectancy by around 8 years8
• Reduces the risk of heart disease by 40%9
• Risk of stroke reduced by up to 75%10
• Can reduce blood pressure6
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