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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea (or Sleep Apnoea) is a condition where a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep for several seconds, multiple times a night. As a result, the oxygen supply in the blood and subsequently to the brain, declines. This can lead to a disruption of normal bodily functions and pave the way for serious and life threatening conditions. If you or someone you know exhibits symptoms like snoring, morning headaches, excessive sleepiness during the day and continual fatigue, chances are high that you are suffering from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea affects approximately 120 million Indians today and nearly 90% of them are unaware that they have a potentially serious disorder.

What is the treatment for Sleep Apnea?

Types of Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea can be classified into three types, based on the reason behind breathing interruptions.

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

This is the most common kind of sleep apnea, where the airway is blocked completely or in part during sleep. This prevents proper airflow into the lungs, leading to a drop in blood oxygen levels. This signals the brain to wake up and breathe, which is usually heard as a sudden gasp by the patient. Obstructive sleep apnea may be due to a deviated septum, floppy palate, obesity, tonsillitis or basic jaw structure.

  • Central Sleep Apnoea (CSA)

Central Sleep Apnea happens because the brain fails to send the relevant muscles, the signal to breathe. Central sleep apnea usually occurs in people with any kind of cardiac or cerebrovascular disease. Here, the brain monitors carbon dioxide levels in the blood instead of oxygen, and based on this, the patient ends up increasing or decreasing the rate of breathing.

  • Mixed Sleep Apnoea (also known as Complex Sleep Apnoea Syndrome)

This kind of sleep apnea affects between 0.5% - 18% of all sleep apnea patients. It initially starts with central sleep apnea and later transforms to OSA. Since such patients show a combination of CSA and OSA symptoms, they are generally advised to use a CPAP device set at the lowest pressure. This keeps the airway open while preventing CSA symptoms from developing.

What are the benefits of the CPAP treatment?

What happens in Sleep Apnea?

Good sleep is important for a good life. It doesn't just rejuvenate you but also reflects on your mental and physical wellbeing. Obstructive sleep apnea the natural rejuvenation process that happens in the body during sleep. Patients are usually unaware of this problem and in most cases, sleep apnea symptoms get attributed to something else other than sleep.

Constant deprivation from sleep can result in daytime sleepiness, poor concentration and increased risk of accidents. Obstructive sleep apnoea can also lead to serious health issues, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems and stroke. However, proper treatment of sleep apnoea will not only control these symptoms but will also improve the quality of life making you feel less tired and less sleepy during the day.


Philips India Limited (“Philips”) reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time without any notice.

  1. This is a Sleep Apnea awareness initiative by Philips India Limited and is without warranties of any kind. Philips shall not be made liable for any of the steps stated herein or any consequent findings at any point of time.
  2. The booking of screening will be opened till 31st March 2016 and screening will be done free of cost mainly for those patients who are suffering from High BP, Diabetics, Cardiac problems.
  3. The screening will be conducted on first come first serve basis at individual’s residence for a maximum of 350 patients from Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai each.
  4. The screening will be conducted from 25th March to 15th May 2016.Eligibility for the screening will be decided basis the “Berlin Questionnaire screening”. The date of the screening will be confirmed by Philips, hence the individual is requested to make himself available. The date shall be final on the individual, unless specifically agreed by Philips.
  5. The information, contents, symptoms, signs provided herein are non- exhaustive in nature and indicative only, having any of the general signs and symptoms listed necessarily do not indicate Sleep Apnea disorder. The information provided herein is based on internal surveys, market researches; inputs shared by medical experts and patients and may not be conclusive.
  6. Philips does not offer medical advice or recommendations to the users, and users should not rely on the information provided as a substitute for consultations with qualified healthcare professionals. We recommend consulting a physician when in doubt or otherwise.
  7. The result of the screening is only an indication, your physician may require an detailed evaluation like a Sleep Study to advise you an appropriate treatment .Philips does not advocate that any individual attempts to treat himself or his family or someone known to him without proper medical supervision, if in doubt or otherwise. The information and content provided hereunder should not be relied upon as fully comprehensive or error free. Philips does not recommend, suggest, endorse or make any warranties or representations of any kind with regard to the accuracy, completeness or other information provided by or referred to in the information.
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