Under-diagnosis of sleep disorders is believed to be the cause of a wide range of health conditions, from depression to heart attacks, reports The National.

Dr Mohammed Al Houqani, director of the Al Ain Sleep Laboratory and assistant dean for medical education at the college of medicine and health sciences at UAE University, said health professionals needed to understand that sleep problems can be at the heart of many issues.

“If sleep is disturbed, it can lead to mental health problems, issues with the cardiovascular system and, of course, safety issues,” he said.