A doctor based in Queensland’s Gold Coast says that thousands of Australians suffer from the life-threatening sleep disorder, sleep apnea.
Respiratory expert and sleep specialist Dr. Toby Tang from the Gold Coast Hospital claims that he diagnoses more than 400 Australians yearly with sleep problems. He says that they all receive treatment at the hospital’s new sleep laboratory.
“Some patients can’t sleep at night,” said Dr. Tang. “Other patients are very sleepy in the daytime, then when they are snoring, the spouse very often witness that people stop breathing at night.”
He continued: “If they need a sleep study we arrange for them to come in, then we hook them up to our diagnostic machine and check their oxygen and their breathing throughout the night.”
Dr. Tang says that after the diagnostics, he is able to tell the patient what sleep disorder he/she has and what treatment options can be performed.