The Huffington Post has a great infographic on the prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing (sleep apnea) compared to other common conditions. The startling fact is that sleep apnea is more common than depression.
Sleep Apnea Ignored Despite Outnumbering Depression
What is unfortunate about this fact is that despite the accessibility, affordability, and widespread knowledge of identifying, diagnosing, and treating sleep apnea with polysomnography (an in-lab sleep study), 9 out of 10 sleep apnea sufferers go undiagnosed and untreated. With antidepressant usage exploding in the United States and 1 in 10 Americans now taking 1 or more antidepressants, one must wonder why sleep apnea continues to go untreated when it claims more sufferers than depression. Considering that undiagnosed sleep apnea results in $3.4 billion in added healthcare costs, getting tested for sleep apnea is essential to health and well-being.
Concerned you aren't getting enough sleep? If you or someone you care about snores or is tired and fatigued during the day, sleep-disordered breathing (and sleep apnea) may be a serious risk. Get your sleep tested today by SleepSomatics, a professionally credentialed and accredited sleep test center located in Austin since 1999. Call 512.323.9253.
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