Almost 7% of the Malaysian adult population is suffering from obstructive sleep apnea(OSA), a deadly sleep disorder that severely affects the breathing process.

The Philips Health and Wellbeing Index is a comprehensive analysis of responses from over 31,000 people (from 47 countries, including Malaysia) on their health and wellbeing. This specific sleep study concluded in the year 2010 and the findings were released at the end of 2011.

“Most common cause of all sleep-related disorders was obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). People who have this disorder stop breathing repeatedly while sleeping”, says Philips Malaysia managing director Naeem Shahab Khan. .

Narrowing or closure of their upper airway cause pauses in breathing lasting up to 10 seconds. If such “pauses in breathing” occur more than five times per hour of sleep, it becomes life-threatening. Some patients have been known to have as many as 100 such events per hour of sleep.

Most common symptoms of OSA include loud disruptive snoring; gasping or choking during sleep; dry throat when they wake up; and frequent urination at night.

Sufferers also experience as a result excessive daytime sleepiness; morning headaches; memory and hearing problems; feeling irritable and not concentrating on their work; mood swings or personality changes; and depression.

One of the main treatments for this disorder is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), where a gentle flow of pressurized air is passed through the patient’s nose or mouth through a mask.

The air pressure prevents the narrowing and closure of the upper airway, allowing the patient to breathe freely during sleep. Due to a lack of awareness among the public and healthcare professionals, many OSA sufferers remain undiagnosed and, therefore, untreated.

Raymond Tan, a sleep apnea specialist and the treasurer of the Sleep Disorder Society Malaysia says that almost 5% of children in Malaysia have sleep apnea, with the majority of them being boys. Children as well as the adults must avoid consuming coffee, chocolates and carbonated drinks or smoking cigarettes just before going to bed. “OSA patients, in particular, should avoid taking alcohol and sleeping pills”, he says.

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