Wake up call on sleep disorders
Lack of sleep has an adverse impact on quality of a person’s life
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.
HOW DOES CPAP WORK
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
TIPS FOR SOUND SLEEP
Shed excesive weight Avoid Alocohol, sedatives Quit Smoking