sleepingSleep apnea have been estimated to affect adversely more than six percent of the working population across the globe. Ironically almost 80 percent of these people don’t even know that they are suffering from such a deadly sleep disorder.

A recently concluded research study involving  more than 4200 workers at Philips Electronics in the Netherlands revealed startling finding. Philips and a research team from the Netherlands University of Twente worked together to identify just how often workers are victimized by the commonest form of sleep apnea, an intermittent blockage in the upper airways while sleeping that’s called Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS).

According to the US National Institutes of Health the surprisingly serious condition often slips by without being diagnosed because, you are sleeping. However, if you live with anybody else, you should pay attention if they complain that you snore. When you try to breathe through the blockage, it can cause extremely loud and disruptive snoring as your body struggles to catch its breath. And that’s the first sign of a problem.

Sleep apnea can affect anyone, but risk is higher if you’re male, overweight, over age 40, or have sinus problems, in addition to several other factors. And it does more than just annoy any potential bed partners, since untreated sleep apnea can progress to serious conditions like high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes.

Sometimes you even snore loudly enough to wake yourself up. Ouch. Because of the switchover to daylight savings time on Sunday, sleep loss is in the news — and we’re learning that it can be deadly. Death rates actually rise a bit each year after we “spring ahead” an hour, probably as a result of workplace and automobile accidents caused by losing that precious hour of sleep.

OSAS victims can snore in their fight for breath, it may seem surprising that 80 percent of sleep apnea sufferers don’t know they have it. If someone says you snore, it might be time to wake up.

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