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On 15 February 2022, we lost the noted singer Bappi Lahiri to sleep apnea, more specifically Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It is a medical condition that not everyone may be aware of. However, experts have witnessed a constant rise in the number of cases of sleep apnea. Hence, it is time that we sit up and take notice of this condition and know about it in detail so that we can prevent it as much as possible. In conversation with TC46, Dr Preyas Vaidya Consultant—Pulmonologist & Sleep Medicine Expert, Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai—talks elaborately about sleep apnoea and offers guidance on effective preventive measures for the medical condition.

1. What is sleep apnea?

The term ‘sleep apnea’ means a stoppage of breathing during sleep. There are brief pauses in breathing, along with a drop in blood oxygen levels during sleep. The most common types of sleep apnea are Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea.

2. What are some signs and symptoms of the medical condition?

The prevalent symptoms of the medical condition are as below: – Snoring – Stoppage of breathing during sleep – Choking during sleep – Waking up tired or unrefreshed – Excessive daytime sleepiness – Nocturia (increased urination during night)

3. What are its causes?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused by the collapse of the upper airway during sleep. It is common in overweight and obese people but can also happen in non-obese people. Central Sleep Apnea occurs when the brain fails to send the impulse to initiate breathing in sleep.

4. What are the types of sleep apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Central Sleep Apnea are the most common types of sleep apnea.

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