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Rise in Sleeping Disorders Triggers High Demand for Sleep Service Facilities in Europe, Notes Frost & Sullivan
Date:4/6/2009

the boost in sleep facilities is due to the steady rise in childhood and adult obesity rates, which could be a contributing factor to obstructive sleep apnea," says the Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Janani Narasimhan. "According to doctors, more awareness about treatment options through media dissemination along with referrals from friends and family members have also added to the increase in sleep facilities."

Despite the climbing number of reported sleeping disorders, it is estimated that many of those affected remain undiagnosed. There is a lack of awareness about asymptomatic sleep disorders, resulting in diminishing rates of testing. Many develop cognitive deficits from chronic sleep debt after a few nights of reduced sleep quality or quantity. New evidence suggests more health-related consequences of sleep debt such as common viral illnesses, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, depression, and other age-related chronic disorders.

Insurance companies are putting pressure on industry participants to gain accreditation to ensure that studies and treatment provided to their members are of the highest possible standards. However, accreditation consumes time, money and effort.

"A sleep facility must be in business and demonstrate its viability across myriad business metrics such as the proof of having a sustainable referral base," states Narasimhan. "It takes between one to five years to qualify and apply for accreditation, consequently restraining market growth."

In Europe, some government and medical organisations initially distanced themselves from the pilot hospital-wide programmes, arguing that they would cost too much and undermine management or that they were irrelevant to clinical practice. However, gradually it became obvious that accreditation worked for hospitals.

Purchasers and insurers witnessed its potential for quality and resource management, and profes
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