Dr Sandeep Rai, Diabetologist, Apollo

Snoring is not just annoying but could indicate a serious health problem. Many deaths among people in their 40s and older, attributed to heart diseases or road traffic accidents may actually be related to unseen epidemic of snoring and sleep apnea. If the sleep is disturbed repeatedly by loud snoring, choking in breathing and the person experiences excessive day time tiredness and sleepiness, and then one might be suffering from “Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA).” OSA is defined as periods of apnea (cessation of breathing for longer than 10 seconds) or hypo-apnea (reduction but not complete cessation of airflow) that occurs throughout sleep. Each night lakhs of men and women wage a life and death struggle with this little recognized illness. Patients who are overweight & have a short thick neck and a small chin are very likely to suffer from Sleep apnea. Because these patients are unaware of repeated arousals during sleep, this condition remains largely undiagnosed. It is a cause of severe cardiovascular morbidity including Angina, Heart Attacks, Stroke and sudden death. Sleep Study is a gold standard for diagnosing this condition & can be done at home also. Treatment includes lifestyle changes (weight reduction) and/or usage of CPAP machine in night during sleeping. CPAP treatment given by machine , used during overnight sleep, is easy to use and has proved to be most effective therapy for OSA Refer -Website , Patient Info…

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