Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), All you need to know about this disease

Veteran singer-composer Bappi Lahri died at Mumbai hospital on Tuesday night due to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The singer was hospitalised in Criticare Hospital, Juhu for 29 days, after which he was discharged. However, his health again deteriorated on Tuesday & he was brought back to the hospital where he took his last breath.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea can cause serious health complications, including high blood pressure and heart trouble, if untreated.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is one of the most common breathing disorder. It is a condition in which the upper airway is blocked while you sleep, causing loud snoring and daytime tiredness. Due to the blockage, a person’s diaphragm and chest muscles work harder to open the airway to pull air into the lungs.

There are three types of sleep apnea, which are obstructive, central and complex. OSA can affect anyone, including children, but it is most common among older men who are overweight.

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Loud snoring
  •  Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Morning headache
  • Mood changes, such as depression or irritability
  • High blood pressure
  • Waking up suddenly gasping, choking
  • Night sweats
  • Decreased libido

Risk Factors of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  • Most people with this disorder are overweight.
  • There are high chances that diabetes people might get this disease and it also increases . But it appears to level off after the 60s and 70s.
  • A person with naturally inherited narrow airwaves can also experience this disorder.
  • People with hypertension commonly experience obstructive sleep apnea. Those who have consistent nasal congestion are twice as likely to have OSA than others

Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

One of the more common treatments is using a device to keep positive pressure in your airway to ensure they are open while you sleep. Doctors also use a mouthpiece to push your lower jaw forward during sleep. Surgery might be an option too.

Also Read: Veteran singer-composer Bappi Lahiri passes away at 69

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