Daytime napping may predict more than sleep apnoea

DOZING off during the day doesn’t necessarily predict sleep apnoea and is more likely to be a flag for depression or nocturia, Australian researchers say.

After a study of 850 middle-aged to elderly men randomly selected from the community they suggest that a focus on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale may miss men who might require treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and other conditions.

And among men scoring >11 on the Epworth scale (12.6% in the study) there was no association with OSA severity as determined by polysomnography, and