European Respiratory Society Monograph, Vol. 50. 2010
Sleep-related breathing disorders, particularly obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) syndrome (OSAS), are highly prevalent and represent an increasing part of clinical respiratory practice. OSAS is now recognised to be one of the most common chronic respiratory disorders, with only asthma and possibly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease having a higher prevalence. Thus sleep apnoea represents an important topic for the European Respiratory Monograph, and the present volume provides a comprehensive overview, with chapters ranging from basic mechanisms to clinical practice. This issue provides an update of a previous Monograph on Respiratory Disorders during Sleep published in 1998.