“The problem is over time, you incur a sleep debt which you can never fully repay,” Dr. Frank Ryan tells CBCNews.

According to Ryan, roughly 15 per cent of men and five per cent of women suffer from sleep apnea. “The problem is that about 80 per cent of people with sleep apnea remain undiagnosed because we don’t have adequate facilities for investigating and managing these people, unfortunately,” he said.

Sleep apnea is associated with serious health conditions that include high blood pressure, heart failure, cardiovascular disease, depression and type 2 diabetes, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.