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Treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome?

What is the Treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome?

The first step in the treatment of OSAS is management of the modifiable risk factors. Patients with excess weight must undertake necessary measures to cut their weight. Cessation of alcohol ingestion and cigarette smoking should also be considered in patients with OSAS.

Use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device is the gold standard in the management of OSAS. This acts as a pneumatic stent that prevents the airway from collapsing during inspiration.

Surgery of the collapsing part of the upper airway offers a more permanent solution to patients with moderate to severe OSAS. Our ENT surgeons have been performing surgery to patients with OSAS with very successful results.

What are the complications of inadequate sleep in adults?

Sleep deficiency can arise from sleep deprivation or from specific sleep disorders.  Certain groups of people are more at risk of sleep deprivation and include; shift workers, those having long work hours or multiple jobs, school attendees with early schedules, alcohol /drug users among many others.

Studies have showed that people with sleep deprivation or sleep disorders are at a high risk of getting involved in road traffic accidents that can be fatal or cause life- long disabilities. They also have a high risk of developing the following diseases;

  1. Heart diseases and heart failure
  2. High blood pressure
  3. Strokes
  4. Diabetes
  5. Obesity
  6. Depression and mood disorders
  7. Poor memory
  8. Erectile dysfunction

What is Sleep?

This is a natural condition that allows the body and mind to rest.  We spend about a third of our life sleeping. On average adults need 7-9 hours of sleep every night. However, this may vary from person to person. Children and teens require longer hours of sleep than adults. Sleep allows our bodies to rejuvenate, grow, repair tissues and memory consolidation.

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