The prevalent sleep disorder issue needs attention similar to any other Non-Communicable Diseases
With 93% of the population in India sleep-deprived, and only 2% of Indians discussing their sleep issues with physicians, Philips India (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today renewed its commitment to increasing awareness on common sleep disorders with the launch of its connected care solution.
India is suspected to have around 50million sleep apnea patients and lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and hypertension are further adding to the disease burden. Philips India is educating people about symptoms like loud snoring, chronic daytime sleepiness and severe morning headache which impact productivity and overall quality of life. Not only does this affect general well-being but if left untreated it can also lead to graver health issues. But Sleep Apnea can be treated with CPAP therapy.
Philips India has introduced various effective sleep therapy solutions under its Dream Family portfolio. In addition to the dream station device and mask, the new DreamMapperapp enables patients to track vital information and get a daily report on the number of hours of sleep on therapy each night, mask fit, periods of apnea etc., all at the click of a button.
Harish R, Head of Sleep & Respiratory Care at Philips says, “Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious condition that can lead to increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and more. It has been observed that more than 53% Sleep Apnea suspects are already suffering from either Diabetes or High BP. In such a scenario, there is a critical need for effective treatment and management of Sleep Apnea to enable people to live healthy lives. With the Dream Family, especially the new comprehensive and connected sleep solution, DreamMapper app we are aiming to holistically address all these factors.”
Dr. Nitin Abhyankar,Consultant Chest Physician at Poona Hospital and Research Centre said, “While the cases of sleep apnea are increasing in Pune, the awareness about the diseases is still low amongst patients and care givers. Patients who have co morbid conditions like diabetes & hypertension and frequently see specialists for the same, visit a consultant for sleep only when the condition becomes severe.
“Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is usually predominant in the 40+ age group, however of late several younger people, especially IT employees are also presenting OSA – largely due to their sedentary lifestyle. I would encourage for expanded mindfulness and timely analysis of sleep issues which would enable patients to lead a better quality of life.” added Dr. Abhyankar
Philips India has already established over 500 sleep labs in association with leading sleep specialists across the country with 22 sleep labs in Pune which adds on to Philips’ long-standing commitment to drive awareness around OSA and other sleep disorders.