HOW BIG IS THE PROBLEM?
Today, the sleep & apnea disorders is becoming a big problem: around 10% of population suffer from breathing problems - obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), about 15 % state an increased daytime tiredness of unclear origin, around 10% of adults complain of insomnia, others are dissatisfied with their sleep quality.
Women are "differently" ill than men: They suffer up to 1.5 times more frequently from an insomnia, but they are significantly less likely to suffer from sleep apnea until the middle of life.
"THE INVISIBLE DISEASE"
Problematically, sleep & apnea disorders is still somehow “the invisible disease”. Many sleep-disturbed do not seek medical attention, not being aware of their problem. Others are coping with daily exhaustion by attributing it to activism while some simply suppress the sleeping problem. Other group of patients are actively seeking medical help but having nonspecific symptoms (example – high blood pressure), their trigger which is the - sleep & apnea disorder remains undiagnosed and untreated.
IF YOU SUFFERED FROM THESE MEDICAL CONDITIONS YOU SHOULD SEE A SLEEP DOCTOR...
Some chronic diseases are closely connected to a sleeping disorders
Nevertheless, they often remain undetected for years - for lack of clear symptoms: For example, around 30-40 percent of people with type 2 diabetes also suffer from an obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.
An additional sleep
medical examination is recommended in case of:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
- Nocturnal arrhythmias
- Neuromuscular diseases
Apnea is a common sleep-related breathing disorder that is characterized by repeating stops of breathing during sleep, caused by the narrowing of the upper airway. As a result their organism is under extraordinary stress, the blood pressure can rise considerably, and sleep is fragmented and by no means restful.
Main types of Sleep Apnea are:
- Obstructive sleep apnea - common form that occurs when throat muscles relax,
- Central sleep apnea - occurs when our brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing
- Loud snoring
- Episodes of breath holding, gasping or choking during sleep, or reports of berating interruptions from a bed partner
- Nocturnal sweating
- Dry mouth upon awakening
- Morning headache
- Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty paying attention while awake
Insomnia is by far the most common type of sleep disorder with 10 to 12 percent of population affected. It is characterised by symptoms of inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep. This leads to lack of concentration, performance and memory, irritability and fatigue, depression and heightened anxiety.
Some sufferers react to the constant feeling of overwrought with social withdrawal. In addition, the risk of a potential accident rises.
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BORIS FILIPOVIĆ, MD PHD
BORIS ŠIMUNJAK, MD PHD
MARINA MILOŠEVIĆ, MD
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