08 Jul The Snoring Disorder: Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Snoring has often been linked to the honey-heavy dew of slumber. It is still believed that a person who snores while sleeping is blessed to have a sound deep sleep . The latter is however incorrect.
Loud Snoring during sleep is actually a result of obstructed breathing and may be associated with significantly long pauses of breath, breathing cessation of as little as 10 seconds during sleep accounts for Sleep Apnea.
A case of Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA may stop breathing even upto 100 times an hour. Unfortunately 95 % of these patients may never be diagnosed owing to lack of knowledge about this condition. An undiagnosed case of OSA has a high risk of medical problems such as High Blood Pressure, Heart Failure and other Heart Diseases, Diabetes Mellitus, Metabolic syndromes, Obesity, Driving or workplace related accidents and brain stroke, poor perinatal outcomes in pregnancy.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:
Loud Snoring/Choking Spells at night
Obesity/inability to lose weight
High BP requiring more than one medication, Thyroid problems
Open mouth sleeping related dryness of mouth
Daytime fatigue/sleepiness/ Headache and Poor Concentration.
Increased Frequency of Urination during Sleep
Steps to cure Sleep Apnea
Talk to your Doctor/Sleep specialist/Pulmonologist
Overnight Sleep Study – An Easy, Convenient, Non Invasive overnight test
Treatment Modalities- Lifestyle Modification/CPAP Therapy/Surgery
Ask for a Consultation for Sleep Apnea Today!
– By Dr Anshum Aneja Arora