On the occasion of World Sleep Day on March 17, Apollo Hospitals announces the creation of a comprehensive sleep management system for outpatients and inpatients. The value of sleep is only known to those who do not get enough of it or have poor quality sleep. This can be life threatening with significant increase in diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, obesity, accidents and poor general well being. Our multidisciplinary team has the expertise of world-class neurology, pulmonology and psychiatry with the excellent surgical skills of our ENT. This exceptional team is backed by the latest in sleep lab technology and the best testing equipment. We have the latest devices with CPAP, BiPAP, auto modes; oxygen support and partnership with various equipment vendors to become a one-stop center for sleep care. Parasomnias, narcolepsy, restless leg syndromes and complex central and mixed sleep apnea can be efficiently managed at our center. We are initiating a weekly multidisciplinary clinic where patients with complex sleep disorders will be reviewed by the entire team and a plan for further care developed. Remote monitoring of the care of outstation patients is also planned to enhance the level of support for our numerous patients who come from all over the world.
Sleep well and stay healthy! This year the theme of World Sleep Day is
‘Sleep soundly, nurture life’.
Some facts about sleep. See the World Sleep Day website for more information.
A third of our lives is spent sleeping and it is a basic human need, and critical to health and well being. Sleep, like exercise and nutrition, is essential for metabolic regulation in children. There is evidence for a link between sleep duration and childhood obesity. The findings are more apparent in girls. Sleep duration is the effect of day-to-day variability of sleep-wake timing.
Breathing regularly during sleep is vital and continuous interruption of breathing during sleep is called sleep apnea. This is a common disorder that affects 4% of men and 2% of women.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) significantly impacts health and well-being. The drop in oxygen that occurs when breathing stops due to OSA puts a strain on the heart and can lead to a number of serious health conditions.
Each breathing pause can last from 10 seconds to more than a minute and is accompanied by a drop in oxygen associated with each event. The events may occur 5 to 50 times or more each hour. This puts a strain on the heart and can lead to a number of serious health conditions.
71,000 people suffer injuries every year due to sleep-related accidents.
In northern India, the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is 13.7%.
Sleep apnea is diagnosed with polysomnography in the sleep laboratory. Treatment with non-invasive positive airway (continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP) ventilation is generally successful.
Surgery to remove excessive tissues in the oropharynx may be considered for individuals who cannot tolerate non-invasive equipment or who have obvious obstruction to airflow in the oropharynx by redundant tissue growth or large tonsils. There is proof that successful correction of sleep apnea with non-invasive positive airway pressure ventilation lowers mean blood pressure and may reduce the risk of myocardial infarction and stroke.
There is an Indian Sleep Disorders Association (http://www.isda.co.in/), which also publishes a journal along with several international resources from the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/index.html) and the WHO (http://www.who.int/respiratory/other/Obstructive_sleep_apnoea_syndrome/en/).
Apollo Hospitals also has several web based resources including sites such as http://www.apollolife.com/HealthyLiving/Sleep/SnoringandSleepApnoea.aspx
Team Members with combined expertise of over 20 years of training and practice!
Sleep Lab: Mr. Mallikarjun
ENT: Dr Ram Babu, Dr EC Vinaya Kumar, Dr Jaswinder Saluja
Neurology: Dr Sudhir Kumar, Dr C Rajesh Reddy, Dr Sandeep Nayani, Dr Subhashini Prabhakar
Pulmonology: Dr Sai Praveen Haranath, Dr Vijay Kumar Chennamchetty, Dr R Vijaikumar