Nightingales Home Health Services is concerned on the growing incidence of obstructive sleep apnea who suffer from irregular breathing. OSA is a chronic disorder which can be harnessed through intervention of pulmonologists and efficient respiratory therapists, at home.
Respiratory medication and use of CPAP(continuous positive airway pressure) and BiPAP(Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) machines at home while sleeping can control the disorder other than doing breathing exercises.
In today’s fast paced world people often do not get adequate sleep. Those who get to sleep, might suffer from snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) which is a a sleep related breathing disorder.
On the occasion of the World Sleep Day by World Sleep Day Committee. 17th March with this year’s theme as “Sleep Sound, Nurture Life”, Nightingales has highlighted that lack of sleep can impact one’s life.
According to Nightingales, people suffering from sleep apnea have irregular breathing. It puts a person at the risk of heart failure, stroke and even road accidents. Recent data suggests that by 2020, out of a total of 23 lakh fatalities due to road accidents, an estimate of 2.3 lakh to 3.5 lakh will result from sleepiness or fatigue.
‘OSA today has become more of a lifestyle disease. People usually do not realize the risk of OSA and easily fall victim due to lack of awareness. If it is not diagnosed at the right moment, it can have devastating effects on normal life. It is essential to know the risk factors and take measures to avoid it,” stated Lalit Pai, chief executive officer & co-founder, Nightingales Home Health Services.
Interestingly the number of people are also on the rise. OSA does not just cause sleeping disorder but can also be a cause of death. Some of the effects of OSA are incidence of high blood pressure, weight gain, heart problems, type 2 diabetes, etc. Some of the common symptoms of OSA are daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, episodes of breathing cessation during sleep, abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking, awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat, morning headache, difficulty in concentrating, mood chances, he added.
According to Dr. Satish KS, Consultant Pulmonologist, the rise in the number of cases of OSA is a matter of concern. People who consume alcohol and smoke are more susceptible to OSA. Other factors like obesity, diet and lifestyle play an important role in OSA. Respiratory medication and use of CPAP and BiPAP machines at home while sleeping can control the disorder other than doing breathing exercises.’