Philippine Daily Inquirer - - LIFESTYLE WELLNESS -

Ac­cord­ing to the 2016 Healthy Liv­ing In­dex Sur­vey, the Philip­pines has one of the high­est rates of sleep de­pri­va­tion in Asia—46 per­cent of Filipinos do not get enough sleep, while 32 per­cent said they sleep for less than six hours.

This mir­rors a life­style chal­lenge that ur­ban­ites world­wide are grap­pling with. In the 2017 Philips’ “Un­fil­tered Sleep: A Global Pri­or­i­ti­za­tion Puz­zle,” an in­ter­na­tional sur­vey which looked at how peo­ple across the globe per­ceive, pri­or­i­tize and pre­pare for sleep, more than eight in 10 adults (84 per­cent) say that a variety of ac­tiv­i­ties take prece­dence over a good night’s sleep.

Be­yond life­style habits, one of the most com­mon causes of poor sleep qual­ity is Ob­struc­tive Sleep Ap­nea (OSA), a con­di­tion that dis­rupts the sleep cy­cle and af­fects one’s en­ergy, intellectual per­for­mance and long-term health.

Due to col­lapsed air­ways, a pa­tient with OSA stops breath­ing re­peat­edly, caus­ing a dis­rup­tion of sleep. The dis­or­der of­ten goes un­di­ag­nosed due to the lack of aware­ness, both on the part of the pa­tients as well as of pri­mary care physi­cians.

Un­treated OSA in the long run can re­sult in life-threat­en­ing con­di­tions such as car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases, type 2 di­a­betes, ab­nor­mal heart rhythms, high blood pres­sure and even stroke.

To in­crease the rate of di­ag­no­sis, Philips, the global leader in sleep and res­pi­ra­tory so­lu­tions, to­gether with the Sleep So­ci­ety of Philip­pines and Cen­turia Med­i­cal Makati, the Philip­pines’ first med­i­cal mall, hosted the Sleep Ap­nea Forum to ed­u­cate health­care pro­fes­sion­als on the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of OSA.

More than 50 doc­tors and health­care pro­fes­sion­als at­tended ed­u­ca­tional lec­tures at the Forum to aug­ment their knowl­edge in the di­ag­no­sis of OSA. Philips also shared its lat­est treat­ment so­lu­tions for sleep ap­nea, such as oxy­gen ther­apy, non­in­va­sive ven­ti­la­tion and res­pi­ra­tory drug de­liv­ery.

“By ed­u­cat­ing health­care pro­fes­sion­als at the Sleep Ap­nea Forum, we aim to en­hance the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of OSA in the coun­try,” said Urasi­nee Pata­songkram, coun­try man­ager, Philips Philip­pines Inc.

Dr. Roberto Peter In­strella, sleep medicine ex­pert; Rodel Fran­cisco from Philips Re­spiron­ics; Dr. Keith Aguil­era, vice pres­i­dent of Philip­pine So­ci­ety of Sleep Medicine

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