17 Mar '11, 11am

[CNA] Sleeping disorder affects 15% of S'poreans

[CNA] Sleeping disorder affects 15% of S'poreans

SINGAPORE: An estimated 15 per cent of the population in Singapore is affected by obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), one of the most common sleeping disorders. Highlighting this ahead of the World Sleep Day on Friday, experts said the number of patients is expected to rise, with increased awareness of this condition. OSA sufferers stop breathing repeatedly during sleep, which is caused by a blocking of the upper airway. The collapse of the airway may be due to factors such as a large tongue or extra tissue. Each breathing stop can last from 10 seconds to more than a minute and has a drop in oxygen associated with each event. This puts a strain on the heart and can lead to a number of serious health conditions. One OSA patient, 70-year-old Singaporean Wong Chiang Siang, said a good night's sleep is something he could never enjoy. The condition caused him to always feel sleepy ...

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