Wake up call on sleep dis­or­ders

Lack of sleep has an ad­verse im­pact on qual­ity of a per­son’s life

HT Ludhiana Live - - City - HT Live Cor­re­spon­dent ludlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com LUD­HI­ANA:

Sleep is an im­por­tant part of hu­man life and yet most peo­ple spend their lives, un­aware of tak­ing enough sleep.

To dis­pel the com­mon myths about sleep re­lated dis­or­ders, Philips Elec­tronic In­dia Ltd or­ga­nized a con­fer­ence on sleep dis­or­ders at Ho­tel Park Plaza on Fri­day.

Dr Jagdeep Whig, as­so­ci­ated with the Apollo hospi­tal was the key­note speaker. Whig has been the ex vice-prin­ci­pal and head of pul­monary medicine, DMCH and high­lighted the causes, symp­toms and treat­ments avail­able for sleep dis­or­ders.

Dr Whig said that lack of sleep had an ad­verse im­pact on the qual­ity and pro­duc­tiv­ity of a per­son’s life and could also lead to in­creased risk of di­a­betes, weight gain, high blood pres­sure and ir­reg­u­lar heart­beats among oth­ers.

If left un­treated, lack of sleep and ex­ces­sive snor­ing could sig­nal a more se­ri­ous con­di­tion such as Ob­struc­tive Sleep Ap­nea (OSA), a con­di­tion char­ac­ter­ized by the re­peated ces­sa­tion of breath­ing dur­ing sleep and which can po­ten­tially lead to heart dis­ease, worsen heart fail­ure and in rare cases even trig­ger heart at­tacks.

High­light­ing the symp­toms of sleep ap­nea, Dr. Whig said, “Gasp­ing or chok­ing dur­ing sleep, ex­ces­sive sleepi­ness or fa­tigue dur­ing the day, morn­ing headaches, fre­quent uri­na­tion dur­ing the night, de­pres­sion, ir­ri­tabil­ity and poor con­cen­tra­tion. Most peo­ple to­day, es­pe­cially those with high-stress life­styles, can re­late to one or more of these symp­toms.”

Whig added that in case of sleep dis­or­ders, the fam­ily di­ag­no­sis the dis­or­der when the loved-one snores dur­ing sleep.

He added that treat­ment op­tions avail­able for sleep ap­nea in­cluded Con­tin­u­ous Pos­i­tive Air­way Pres­sure ( CPAP) to sur­gi­cal op­tions.

A pa­tient said, “I was suf­fer­ing from Ob­struc­tive Sleep Ap­nea. The doc­tor rec­om­mended that I should use a CPAP ma­chine. I used it for a year and now I am re­cov­er­ing. I used to sleep even while sit­ting on a chair.”

Ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of a Sleep Sur­vey, con­ducted by Nielsen, 93% In­di­ans are sleep­de­prived. The sur­vey was con­ducted among 5,600 re­spon­dents in the age group of 35-65 years across 25 cities in ur­ban In­dia with a pop­u­la­tion of 5 lakh and up­wards.

“Sleep is not op­tional, but crit­i­cal to one’s health. We are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to cul­ti­vate bet­ter sleep­ing habits and live health­ier lives,” said se­nior di­rec­tor Home Health Care, Philips Health­care In­dia, Bidur Dhaul.


The de­vice is a ma­chine weigh­ing about 5 pounds that fits on a bed­side ta­ble. A mask con­tain­ing a tube con­nects to the de­vice and fits over the nose.

The ma­chine sup­plies a steady stream of air through a tube and ap­plies suf­fi­cient air pres­sure to pre­vent the tis­sues from col­laps­ing dur­ing sleep


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