Sleep disorders might not just impact how rested you feel, but the safety of your day-to-day life, reports the Khaleej Times.

Consultants at the University Hospital, Sharjah (UHS), have warned against the effects of diagnosed sleeping disorders, the world’s third most common group of diseases after asthma and pulmonary diseases, stating that people who consistently fail to get enough rest and sleep at night are at an increased risk of injury and traffic accidents.

UHS consultants said that poor sleep may lead to sleep apnoea during which high carbon dioxide levels cause the person to wake up and breathe normally to restore oxygen levels.

This disruption of normal sleep patterns negatively affects individuals during waking periods, causing severe headaches, strain and sudden lapse into sleep that may cause fatal risks such as traffic accidents.