Lincolnshire residents more likely to suffer from sleep disorder
Lincolnshire residents have been found to have some of the UK's highest rates of a serious sleep-related disorder.
The medical journal Thorax published a study into instances of the respiratory condition Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and found that the numbers of people diagnosed in north Lincolnshire are among the highest 5% nationally.
The southern and eastern parts of the county also came in the top 10% following research by the British Lung Foundation.
The data revealed a 'significant and concerning' disparity between expected average prevalence of the condition and the number of cases in Lincolnshire, as well as the existence of services to diagnose and treat it.
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OSA is relatively easy to treat once confirmed but if left, is linked to serious conditions including strokes, heart disease, depression, diabetes and high blood pressure. It can also affect quality of life and ability to work due to disturbed sleep.
It affects people of all ages, including up to 20% of those aged over 70 - but around 80% of cases are undiagnosed.
The most common symptoms are known as the 'triple S' - snoring, struggling to breathe while sleeping and sleepiness during the day. The Foundation's website enables people to take a free test to see if they may be suffering from the condition.
Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, said:
“With our research predicting rates of OSA prevalence in Lincolnshire to be amongst the highest in the country, it is important that local residents take care to look for the symptoms of OSA in themselves or partners, and to visit their GP if required.
“More widely, the disparity between the predicted prevalence of OSA and the distribution of sleep centres with which to diagnose and treat the condition across the country show that there is much to be done if we are to properly address the burden OSA currently places on the health of the nation.
“With rates of OSA likely to rise further with an ageing and increasingly overweight population, I hope this research will act as a wake-up call for governments and NHS bodies across the UK. We need to improve access to treatment and diagnostic services, and to raise awareness of the symptoms and dangers of untreated OSA - among medical professionals as well as the general public – if we are to successfully tackle the demands of OSA in the 21st century”.