Ten million Indians living with sleep disorders: Study
With March 14 being celebrated as World Sleep Day, Philips Healthcare India announced plans to organize over 300 sleep-focused awareness events and to train over 500 physicians in dealing with sleep disorders in 2014.
In 2013, the company conducted over 200 sleep focused events and trained over 300 technicians and 600 physicians to meet the demand for trained sleep specialists. It has also introduced the first certificate training program for physicians under the banner of Indian Sleep Disorder Association.
"Sleep disorders are a much more serious issue than most people understand, especially given their direct correlation with other more serious conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke etc. For example, in a country where snoring is traditionally associated with sound sleep, it is extremely challenging to make people aware that it is actually a sign of a serious sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)," said Mr Bidur Dhaul, senior director, Home Health Care, Philips Healthcare India.
According to international studies, OSA sufferers are between four and six times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accidents than healthy people. The lack of sleep can also lead to serious health issues such as increased risk of diabetes, weight gain, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats and stroke among others
Dr Prashant Chhajed, director, lung care and sleep center, Mumbai & Senior Chest consultant, Lilavati and Fortis Hospital, Mumbai, New Delhi, says, "Treating OSA will help you witness immediate relief from symptoms like daytime sleepiness, extreme fatigue thereby resulting in improved energy levels across the day. As per various researches, it can also lower blood pressure, decrease insulin resistance and lower the risk of heart attack and stroke when treated with CPAP therapy."