Snoring and other sleep disorders may have rather serious consequences, even death.
Surprisingly many people fight with sleep disorders
Approximately 30% of people are affected by sleep disorders worldwide, many of them unaware of having them and disregard the signs of being tired and deconcentrated. Sleep disorders, though, may have serious consequences, for example:
- cardiovascular disorders
- cerebrovascular disorders
- sleep-related traffic accidents
More than 200 types of sleep disorders are identified worldwide, snoring is the most usual and dangerous among them. It affects approximately 90 million American adults – 37 million on a regular basis. It is the most serious sleep disorder, can be the sign of sleep apnea, and in extreme cases, it can even result in death.
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is defined as lack of airflow for at least 10 seconds during sleep, causing blood oxygen desaturation, which, in extreme cases, may lead to cardiovascular mortality. The majority of OSAS cases remains undetected. Although sleep labs are the gold standard for screening for OSAS and other sleep disorders, there are effective, cheaper and easily available pre-screening methods in primary care.
Tips for sleeping better
- go to sleep and get up at the same time every day
- sleep in a dark, cool room
- avoid bright screens within 1-2 hours of your bedtime
- choose a convenient bed