Updated: January 28, 2021 11:51:13 am
It’s the middle of the day. You’re at work, with a schedule to boot, and you’re tired. You have a presentation at 5pm and you have an hour to get your thoughts together, but you’re so sleepy that you can’t think of work. You think that the only logical explanation to this is your busy work life and that you’re bound to feel tired with the stress of work, but wait. There’s more to this. You’re at home and it is time to sleep. Next morning, you think you’ve slept for eight hours straight, but you’re tired as soon as you open your eyes. On top of that, you’ve been told that you’re snoring all night long. Does all this sound familiar?
For stand-up comic Jeeveshu Ahluwalia, these symptoms had become a part of his everyday life. Waking up feeling exhausted and wondering when he would get a good night’s sleep, Jeeveshu consulted an expert who told him that he had been suffering from sleep apnoea, and that he needed to work towards sleeping well at night. Realising that fixing the problem would also end his snoring at night, Jeeveshu took the plunge and hasn’t looked back since.
Like Jeeveshu, there are many of you reading this article who have this uncomfortable sense that you have similar symptoms. But what exactly is sleep apnoea? Sleep apnoea is a type of sleeping disorder where your breathing stops and starts and you end up snoring and waking up feeling really tired, although you’ve slept through the night. There are different types of sleep apnoea but the most common one is the Obstructive Sleep Apnoea where your throat muscles relax and your airway narrows or closes as you breathe in; and the most common symptoms are loud snoring, gasping for air during sleep, a morning headache, difficulty staying asleep, difficulty paying attention when you’re awake and irritability.
According to a Lancet report, the number of people who are affected by sleep apnoea from across the world is nearly a billion. That is nearly 1\6th the world’s population. People who suffer from this condition are in the age group of 30-69, the study estimated. “To provide such global data is important because the condition, especially severe OSA, is associated with neurocognitive impairment, reduced quality of life, and an increased risk of hypertension, cancer, and metabolic, cardiovascular, and cerebrovascular diseases,” the report added.
Obstructive Sleep apnoea is recognised by repeated episodes of temporary blocking of normal breathing, slow or shallow breathing, loud snoring, and excessive daytime sleepiness. It is also categorised into mild, moderate, and severe with mild cases having 5-15 episodes per hour, moderate cases having 15-30 episodes per hour, and severe cases having over 30 cases per hour.
The excessive daytime sleepiness has proven to be a critical factor in other unrelated episodes. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, patients with sleep apnoea were nearly 2.5 times more likely to be the driver in a car accident. The study also found that the incidence of motor vehicle accidents was reduced by 70 percent among sleep apnoea patients who focused on the condition and ensured that they woke up after a good night’s sleep.
Keeping this in mind, ResMed introducing the OneSleepTest by NightOwl in India to help patients/ physicians diagnose millions of Indians who suffer from undiagnosed sleep apnoea as a part of their #WakeUpToGoodSleep. The unique test is a comprehensive sleep kit that has been approved by US-FDA for accurate and safe results. The test is a disposable, multi-night use test with a built-in NightOwl sensor to measure key indicators such as heart rate, oxygen desaturation and body movements to determine sleep quality. The OneSleepTest service, comprises of three elements – The NightOwl sensor, sleep scoring by leading sleep physician (sleep report) in India and sleep coach consultancy to support patient journey from diagnosis to therapy.
If you think your aren’t sleeping right you can book your OneSleepTest kit here – and follow the simple instructions to activate the sleep test via NightOwl app from Google Play Store or iOS App Store. OneSleepTest allows a patient to assess his results via email by a certified sleep specialist at ResMed along with suitable therapies and treatments. To book an appointment with a sleep coach assistance, call this toll-free number – 1800-103-3969
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