Bappi Lahiri, a singer and music composer, passed away on 15th February 2022 as a result of complications from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The incident drew huge attention to the common but under-diagnosed medical condition. OSA is a sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing stops and starts repeatedly during the night.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
The most common sleeping breathing disorder is obstructive sleep apnea. While sleeping, it causes you to stop and start breathing repeatedly. There are several types of sleep apnea, with obstructive sleep apnea being the most common. When your throat muscles relax and block your airway during sleep, you have apnea. Snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea.
It usually occurs in obese men, less frequently in women, but it does occur.” Obese people develop extra fat on their larynx and pharynx (muscles in the throat), which can close off their airway while sleeping.
How Common is this Apnea?
The prevalence of OSA is 4% in women and 13.4 percent in men. The prevalence is approximately 10% in people under the age of 40, and 17% in those over the age of 40.
What are the Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Snoring is a common symptom of OSA, but it does not affect everyone who snores. Although 90 percent of people who snore do not have the condition, you should see a doctor if you wake up sleepy and fall asleep during the day.
How is OSA treated?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) should be identified and treated as soon as possible. Polysomnography (PSG) results are evaluated by board-certified sleep specialists, who then make treatment recommendations to OSA patients. The severity of the sleep-disordered breathing affects treatment (SDB). Mild apnea patients have more options, whereas moderate-to-severe apnea patients should be treated with nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).
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