IF you have a problem sleeping, snore a lot or produce choking sensation while asleep, then get yourself checked by a doctor.
This medical advice follows an increase noted in the number of people suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea or commonly known as sleeping disorders.
According to consultant physician of the Kidney Foundation of Fiji, Dr Joji Malani, 25 per cent of Fiji's population or one in every four people suffered from sleeping disorders.
He said sleeping disorder was a serious problem in the country and people did not realise what it could do to their health.
"The symptoms of sleeping disorders are loud snoring, choking sensation and daytime sleepiness," Dr Malani said.
He said the killer disorder occurred when people put up a lot of weight, consumed a lot of cigarettes, eating unhealthy foods and drinking a lot of alcohol.
He said the risk factor of the disorder was it gave rise to heart diseases, high blood pressure and heart attacks.
"Due to the disorder, people sleep a lot," Dr Malani said.
"They tend to sleep at work or while they drive and as such they can get involved in accidents," he said.
He added the treatment for the sleeping disorder was available at the foundation and those people presenting symptoms should seek consultation.
"We have opened a new sleep centre. In the sleep centre, a machine is connected to people's stomach and nose, which records the number of times he or she breathes and the number of times people stop breathing during their sleep," Dr Malani said.
He said after the test, the recordings were analysed and then patients were advised whether to use the sleeping disorder machine or not.
"The machines cost $1500. At some occasions, people are also required to undergo surgeries," Dr Malani said.
He said since the opening of the sleep centre, they had received about 10 cases for people requesting treatments.
The new sleep centre is located at Extension St in Suva opposite the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.