Sleep is likely to command ever-more attention from scientists, hospitals and society in years to come, reports Prairie Business Magazine.

“It’s a very rapid response when we start fixing our sleep. And if it’s something very specific – like obstructive sleep apnea – that’s affecting their blood pressure, blood sugar, cardiac rhythm and cognitive functions, those things also may improve starting right away.”

That’s why psychiatrists, cardiologists and diabetes specialists, among other providers, have started referring patients to sleep centers, he said. They’ve learned it’s very hard to control conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes in patients with untreated sleep apnea.