by The Welthi Bureau 15th March, 2019
The World Sleep Day is an annual event that doubles up as a celebration of sleep as well as a call to action on important issues related to sleep. Annually, this event is organized on March 15th by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM).
The main objective of this event is to tackle sleep disorders in society through better prevention and management. WASM makes concerted efforts to advance sleep health across the globe by promoting education and research activities in areas where the practice of sleep medicine has not received much attention.
Star Hospitals has joined hands with World Sleep Society in promoting better quality sleep in mankind. It believes that aging has nothing to do with one’s health.
In commemoration of the World Sleep Day, STAR Hospitals, in 2018, took the initiative to celebrate this day by conducting an awareness campaign on the benefits of sleep and enhanced Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) for persons of all ages. Hundreds of doctors from different fields of expertise converged to take part in the first ever event hosted at STAR hospitals. Doctors deliberated on the techniques of implementing a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to treating OSA.
There is lack of understanding by the public and healthcare professionals about the consequences of this sleep disorder. OSA is one of the most prevalent sleep disorders in today’s society. People often co-relate this problem with snoring, but the deleterious effects of this disorder on the human body go way beyond that. Due to drastic lifestyle changes, sleep apnea is growing in society.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a silent killer. People suffering from this disorder frequently struggle to breathe in sufficient oxygen while sleeping. OSA affects the two most vital organs of the body—the heart and the brain.
The harmful consequences of long-term OSA include silent heart attacks and strokes in the middle of the night. Recent studies have shown that this disorder dramatically increases the chances of hypertension, aerial fibrillation, diabetes and obesity. In fact, sleep apnea patients have an 83% chance of developing drug-resistant hypertension. They also have a 91% chance of suffering from nighttime heart attacks.
Obtaining good quality and quantity of sleep is critical to aging well, enhancing the odds of cognitive, physical and emotional health. Ensuring good sleep in adolescence and middle age lowers the risk of obesity and hypertension; safeguards against age-specific cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease, and has been linked with reduced risk of depression.
People with this disorder need to consult ENT specialists, who will properly evaluate their condition with the help of sleep studies and sleep endoscopies. Two treatment modalities are available for OSA patients, namely CPAP therapy (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) and surgery. Although a CPAP machine often gives excellent results, most patients are not comfortable with using the machine every night. That’s the reason why many prefer the surgical mode of treatment, which provides permanent relief from OSA.
The ENT team at STAR Hospitals is highly qualified to deal with OSA patients. Till date, these expert surgeons have successfully performed about 200 hundred surgeries. The ENT department at STAR has state-of-the-art equipment to carry out sleep apnea surgeries. Moreover, the ENT team takes up a multidisciplinary approach that involves ENT Surgeons, Pulmonologists, Cardiologists and Anesthetists.
The ENT experts at STAR strive to raise awareness about OSA not only in the general population but also in the medical fraternity.
About World Sleep Day:
The theme ‘World Sleep Day’ was created and hosted by World Sleep Society, which is a globally popular awareness event that connects researchers, patients and health professionals on a single platform to identify sleep and its vital impact on human health. World Sleep Day 2019 is centered on the slogan “Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging”.
For more details about World Sleep Day 2019, please get in touch with:
Dr. Srinivas Kishore Sistla,
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