Pune doctors state that ‘Obstructive Sleep Apnoea’ (OSA) is a potentially serious condition, and doctors have underlined that a lack of awareness about the same is a major hindrance in tackling it.
It is the most common type of sleep apnoea and is caused by complete or partial obstructions of the upper airway. It causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep.
This type of apnoea occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep.
At a press conference in Pune on Tuesday, doctors said, snoring can be a major symptom of ‘obstructive sleep apnoea.’ They found that 10 per cent of the general population, tends to suffer from this sleep disorder
Dr Nitin Abhyankar, Consultant, Chest Physician at Poona Hospital and Research Center said, “India is suspected to have around 50 million sleep apnoea patients. Yet awareness about this disease is very less, which is a major problem.”
Snoring loudly, chronic daytime sleeping and severe morning headaches are common symptoms associated with sleep apnoea.
Explaining about what happens during sleep among patients who suffer from this condition, Dr Abhyankar said, “For a sleep apnoea patient, their sleep is obstructed a number of times every night. Due to this the person is partially awakened and the brain does not receive much required rest.”
Doctors at the press conference said, according to International Diabetic Federation, diabetic patients must test themselves for sleep apnoea and vice versa.
When contacted, Dr Mahendra Kawedia from Jehangir Hospital also shared similar views. He said, “Obstructive sleep apnoea is a serious condition and there is less awareness about this disease. It is more commonly seen in women than in men. People consider snoring as a part of their everyday life and never consult a doctor for it. But snoring is one of the major symptoms of this disease.”