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Find out if you are at risk for sleep apnea

What is sleep apnea?

 

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing throughout the sleep cycle.

 

These interruptions, called apneas, are caused by the collapse of soft tissue in the airway, which prevents oxygen from reaching the lungs.

Non obstructed and obstructed airways

Opened upper airway

Clear and open upper airway allows air to flow freely to and from the lungs.

Non obstructed and obstructed airways

Closed upper airway

Snoring and apnea (breathing pauses) occur when the upper airway collapses.

Weak muscles in the airway, a large tongue, obesity and other factors may cause airway tissue to collapse and obstruct breathing.
Symptoms quiz

Find out if you have symptoms of sleep apnea


Snoring could be more than annoying – it could be a danger to your health. Take our 9-question quiz to find out if you’re at risk.

You’re not alone

 

Approximately 7-9% of Indian adult population has suffering from sleep apnea, and 80% of Indian adults with a partner/spouse who has sleep apnea say the condition is impacting their relationship.

 

That’s significant because sleep apnea is a serious condition. Sleep apnea disrupts the sleep cycle and can dramatically impact energy, mental performance and long-term health. In some cases, if left untreated, sleep apnea can be fatal.
 

It can be hard to take the first steps into finding out if you have sleep apnea. We are here to help.

Factors that can increase the risk of having Sleep Apnea 

Risk Factors:

Night time
Obesity 
Night time
Increasing Age
Night time
Male Gender  
Night time
Alcohol or Sedative use
Night time
Smoking 
Night time
Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders
Night time
Family History 

Sleep apnea symptoms and risks

Untreated sleep apnea is associated with a number of health risks, so it’s important to consult a sleep specialist if you have these signs and symptoms.
Daytime symptoms
Poor concentration
Night time
Daytime sleepiness
Night time
Irritability
Night time
Early morning headaches  
Night time
Falling asleep during routine activities   
Night time
Nighttime symptoms
Loud persistent snoring
Night time
Witnessed pauses in breathing
Night time
Restless sleep
Night time
Choking or Gasping for Air
Night time
Frequent visits to the bathroom
Night time

What are the risks of untreated sleep apnea?

 

Sleep apnea can have serious short and long-term health risks if left untreated including: 

 

  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart disease / heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Driving- and work- related accidents

Take this symptom quiz and understand if you are at a risk of Sleep Apnea or not

Q1 Snoring

Do you snore loudly (than talking or loud enough to be heard through closed doors)?

Q2 Tired

Do you often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy during daytime?

Q3 Observed Apnea

Has anyone  observed you stop breathing during your sleep?

Q4 Pressure

Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure?

Q5 BMI

Is your BMI > 35 Kg/m2  ?

Q6 Age

Is your age > 50 yrs?

Q7 Neck Circumference

Is your neck circumference > 40 cm?

Q8 Gender

Male

Questionnaire is a screening tool for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). A score of 0-3 indicates low risk of OSA, 4-5 an intermediate risk of OSA and a score of 6-8 indicates a high risk of OSA. We advise persons with a score>3 to visit their nearest Sleep Specialist to get screened and diagnosed for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

How do I get diagnosed?

Step 1

Fill up a risk assessment
questionnaire

Step 2.

If medium or high risk
then visit a sleep specialist

Step 3.

Undergo an overnight sleep test in clinic or at home

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What is AHI?


The Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI) is the most important number on your sleep apnea test. It measures the number of times you have an apnea (when you stop breathing for short time) or a hypopnea (when you partially stop breathing for a short time) while you’re asleep. Read an example of a sleep study test result, showing AHI and other measurements used during a sleep study.
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Philips Dream Family is available from a number of retailers. Contact your homecare provider to request our products.

For assistance, call 1800 258 7678 or SMS SLEEP to 58888

Note: These products require a prescription. Consult your sleep therapy physician before ordering DreamWear masks and devices.

Frequently asked questions

What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which a person stops breathing repeatedly through the night. Breathing stops because the throat or “airway” collapses and prevents air from getting into the lungs. Sleep patterns are disrupted, resulting in excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day.
How many people in the United States have sleep apnea?
Five to 10 percent of adults in the United States have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This is about 20 million people, and many—the majority—are yet to be diagnosed.
What causes the airway to close during sleep?

- Extra tissue in the back of the airway, such as large tonsils

- Decrease in the tone of the muscles that hold the airway open

- The tongue falling back and closing off the airway

What should you do if you think you may have sleep apnea?
Evaluation by a doctor specializing in sleep disorders is recommended. Have a sleep study done. A sleep study can provide the doctor with information about how you sleep and breathe. This information will help the doctor to determine your diagnosis and treatment options.
What are the risks of untreated sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea can have serious short- and long-term health risks if left untreated, including:

- High blood pressure

- Irregular heartbeat

- Heart disease / heart attack

- Stroke

- Type 2 diabetes

- Driving- and work-related accidents

What is the treatment for sleep apnea?
Most commonly, positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy is the treatment. It is noninvasive and can help with symptoms when used as prescribed. Less commonly, surgery or oral appliances are used, which may be effective in certain cases. Any treatment plan should include weight loss if needed, exercise and avoiding alcohol, sedatives and hypnotics.
How does PAP or CPAP therapy work?

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) provides a gentle flow of positive-pressure air through a facial mask to keep the airway open during sleep. As a result:

- Breathing becomes regular during sleep

- Snoring stops

- Restful sleep is restored

- Quality of life is improved

- Risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, stroke and motor vehicle and work accidents are reduced

What are the nighttime symptoms of sleep apnea?

- Loud or disruptive snoring

- Witnessed pauses in breathing

- Choking or gasping for air during sleep

- Restless sleep

- Frequent visits to the bathroom

What are the daytime symptoms of sleep apnea?

- Early morning headaches

- Excessive daytime fatigue

- Poor concentration

- Depression or irritability

- Falling asleep during routine activities

What can put you at increased risk for sleep apnea?

- Overweight/obesity

- A large neck or tongue

- Extra tissue or crowding in the airway

What does an apnea episode look like?
Watch a video
What are the benefits of regular usage of PAP therapy?

Most PAP users who remain committed to treatment enjoy:

- Increased energy and attentiveness

- Fewer morning headaches

- Reduced irritability

- Improved memory

- Increased ability to exercise

- Lower blood pressure

- Decreased risk of strokes and heart attacks

- Increased effectiveness at home and at work

- Improved overall quality of life

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References

  1. Young T, et al. Epidemiology of obstructive sleep apnea: a population health perspective. AJRCCM 2002;165:1217-1239.

 

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