I thought that you may like to see my e-mail to the programme and the reply.
Many thanks for your email regarding Sleep Apnoea. We have covered this subject many times on City Hospital, from the Sleep Unit at St Thomas' Hospital, run by Dr Adrian Williams. We have not visited this unit so far on the present series, but we are on air until the end of May, so may be bringing items from there over the next few weeks. Thank you for taking the time to contact us and for your interest in the programme.
At 21:47 03/05/2006, you wrote:
I would like to ask whether you would consider looking at the subject of snoring and sleep apnoea on the programme. I do not know if Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals have a department of sleep medicine and I do realise that the show goes out live at 10am, however this is a serious problem for a great many people and is a condition which the general public really do not know enough about.
About 4% of men and 2% of women have obstrctive sleep apnoea and many more people have problems with snoring. Asides from being a sorce of amusement, it carries very real risks with sufferers having a sixfold chance of falling asleep at the wheel whilst driving and having a greater risk of high blood pressure and strokes.
Your programme provides a public service in making people aware of what are very common illnesses, but which because of social conditioning are often put down to other things such as people being lazy or having a poor lifestyle.
You may wish to consult the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association website at www.britishsnoring.co.uk
for further information, particularly the forum page where you will find out from sufferers just what an impact this condition has on people's lives.
I look forward to your reply with interest.