Becker’s ASC Review: During the pandemic we have seen increases in alcohol consumption, weight gain and reports of post-COVID-19 sleep difficulty — all of which point to the need for an increased focus on sleep medicine.

In light of this and the fact that 90 percent or greater of patients with obstructive sleep apnea are currently undiagnosed, I think sleep medicine and surgery for obstructive sleep apnea are the areas in otolaryngology with the biggest growth potential. It is my hope that a recent focus on the importance of sleep to combat stress and build resilience will lead people to assess their sleep quality and seek help for sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea.