Sleep Apnea Devices Market – Emerging Trends & Global Future Forecasts

Market Size Estimation:

Both top-down and bottom-up approaches were used to estimate and validate the total size of the sleep apnea devices market. These methods were also used extensively to estimate the size of various subsegments in the market. The research methodology used to estimate the market size includes the following:

# The key players in the industry and markets have been identified through extensive secondary research.
# The industry’s supply chain and market size, in terms of value, have been determined through primary and secondary research processes.
# All percentage shares, splits, and breakdowns have been determined using secondary sources and verified through primary sources.

Data Triangulation:

After arriving at the overall market size—using the market size estimation processes as explained above—the market was split into several segments and subsegments. In order to complete the overall market engineering process and arrive at the exact statistics of each market segment and subsegment, the data triangulation and market breakdown procedures were employed, wherever applicable. The data was triangulated by studying various factors and trends from both, the demand and supply sides, in the sleep apnea devices industry.

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Expected Revenue Growth:

The global sleep apnea devices market is expected to reach USD 7.5 billion by 2024 from USD 4.5 billion in 2019 at a CAGR of 10.7%. 

Major Revenue Growth Boosters:

The major factors driving the growth of the sleep apnea devices market are primarily a large pool of undiagnosed sleep apnea patients, growing awareness about the ill effects of untreated sleep apnea, growing usage of oral appliances, technological advancements in sleep apnea devices, considerable venture capital funding, and an increasing number of companies venturing into sleep apnea and oral appliances markets.

Restraint: High cost of CPAP machines

In most developed countries, the cost of a CPAP device is either reimbursed or provided by medical insurance companies. The main reason for non-adherence is non-acceptance on the part of the patient, mainly due to the mask causing discomfort or claustrophobia. However, conditions are different in most developing countries, where insurance access is minimal and insurance companies usually do not cover the cost of a CPAP device.

In countries like India, CPAP is not covered by private insurance companies. Only some government employees are able to be reimbursed for CPAP therapy, and that too reimbursement ranges from 30% to 100% depending on the reimbursement rules of various government offices. CPAP is generally an out-of-pocket expense for most of the Indian population. This is a major limiting factor for therapy adoption in these countries.

Similar factors affect the CPAP compliance rate among patients in other South Asian countries as well. For instance, in Singapore, the cost of a CPAP machine is substantial, with an auto-titrating CPAP device costing between USD 1,100–USD 1,500 (1,500–2,000 SGD approximately), which would be nearly half the median monthly income of the average Singaporean worker. Thus, high CPAP device costs act as a restraining factor for the global sleep apnea devices market, especially in developing countries.

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Opportunity: Increasing focus on telemedicine and mHealth (mobile health)

Several studies have reported that a main predictive factor for long-term CPAP compliance is patient adherence in the first few weeks of treatment. To improve compliance, support and follow-up during this period must be prompt. Telemedicine offers this kind of assistance since long waiting lists make it difficult to provide such support. Several studies suggest that patients in the telemedicine group expressed high satisfaction with their care. They especially liked the convenience of a live video visit with a sleep doctor.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a highly prevalent chronic condition, and telemedicine could play a vital role in the different phases of its management. In the future, using new devices capable of signal acquisition and analysis is expected to refine obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis; even smartphones’ built-in sensors could offer improved comfort and the possibility of home sleep monitoring. Continuous positive airway pressure titration could be performed with wireless devices, whose parameters can be changed remotely from sleep centers.

Finally, the follow-up phase could be specially improved by using remote continuous positive airway-pressure data, self-management platforms, and mobile applications for patient feedback. Moreover, instead of replicating traditional visits, mHealth can provide shorter and more frequent assessments; alarm systems on the patients’ devices could alert physicians and mobile applications with simple questionnaires may help on follow-up. The sleep apnea market is likely to show positive growth owing to these potential benefits offered by telemedicine and mHealth in improvising sleep apnea diagnosis and management.

Geographical Growth:

North America is expected to dominate the sleep apnea devices market during the forecast period

On the basis of region, North America accounted for the largest share of the global sleep apnea devices market in 2018, whereas, the Asia Pacific region registered the highest CAGR during the forecast period. North American accounted for the largest share owing to factors like an increase in the number of patients diagnosed with sleep apnea in the region, growth in awareness initiatives being taken by various government and non-government organizations, availability of adequate funding for research and development, and substantial growth in the usage of oral appliances in the region.

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Global Leaders:

The major players in the sleep apnea devices market include ResMed (US), Koninklijke Philips (Netherlands), and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare (New Zealand). Analysis of the market developments between 2016 and 2019 revealed that several growth strategies such as partnerships & agreements, expansions, service launches, and strategic acquisitions were adopted by the market players to strengthen their product portfolios and maintain a competitive position in the sleep apnea devices market.