Please Don’t Wake Me: One Mil­lion Peo­ple to Be Screened for Risky Sleep Dis­or­der.

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AM­S­TER­DAM, The Nether­lands. – Snore much? Be­ware: it’s one of the key signs of a dis­or­der that may lead to se­ri­ous chronic dis­eases, in­clud­ing di­a­betes or heart dis­ease. In an ef­fort to help ob­struc­tive sleep ap­nea (OSA) suf­fer­ers iden­tify and com­bat the dis­or­der, Royal Philips Elec­tron­ics an­nounced it will screen one mil­lion peo­ple world­wide for OSA over the next five years. Philips’ pro­gram will in­clude screen­ing across North Amer­ica, Europe and Asia. The pro­gram uses an on­line risk as­sess­ment on its World Sleep Day web­site. In­di­vid­u­als who have symp­toms or be­lieve they may be at-risk are en­cour­aged to take the on­line risk as­sess­ment test. Upon com­ple­tion, it will pro­vide their risk level for OSA and en­cour­age fol­low up with their health care provider. "Ob­struc­tive sleep ap­nea steals health from its suf­fer­ers and put them on a path to po­ten­tially lifethreat­en­ing dis­eases,” said Brent Shafer, CEO, Philips Home Health­care So­lu­tions. “It is our goal to use our in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to help OSA suf­fer­ers iden­tify and com­bat this very se­ri­ous dis­or­der." Ob­struc­tive sleep ap­nea is one of the most com­mon sleep dis­or­ders, and af­fects ap­prox­i­mately five to six per­cent of the adult pop­u­la­tion1. It is char­ac­ter­ized by a nar­row­ing or clos­ing of the up­per air­way, which hin­ders breath­ing dur­ing sleep. Sleep is of­ten la­beled as the ’third pil­lar of good health’, along with diet and ex­er­cise. Philips re­search sug­gests that more than two-thirds of all peo­ple with sleep ap­nea are not di­ag­nosed. The most com­mon cause of ob­struc­tive sleep ap­nea is weight gain. Other signs and symp­toms of sleep ap­nea in­clude: * Fre­quent loud snor­ing * Pauses in breath­ing or gasp­ing for breath * Obe­sity * Reg­u­larly fall­ing asleep in sit­u­a­tions, such

as read­ing, watch­ing TV or driv­ing * High blood pres­sure “There are three im­por­tant steps to help­ing in­di­vid­u­als with OSA: aware­ness, di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment. Each is in­te­gral to im­prov­ing the sleep qual­ity and over­all health of in­di­vid­u­als around the world,” said Dr. Lee-Chiong, chief med­i­cal li­ai­son for Philips Home Health­care So­lu­tions. “Philips’ pledge helps in­di­vid­u­als take the first step to make them aware of their risk for OSA.” To find out if you’re at risk for ob­struc­tive sleep ap­nea or for more in­for­ma­tion about World Sleep Day 2013 and what’s hap­pen­ing in your lo­cal area, visit­sleep­day.

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