A seemingly harmless sleeping habit like snoring might indicate a dangerous underlying condition. In fact, experts say that snoring due to sleep apnea can have fatal consequences for patients, their families and even society.
By Nesreen Elmorsy, Nevin FW Zaki and Pandi-Perumal
Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders worldwide, affecting all age groups. It is characterized by snoring and choking during sleep, as well as sleep fragmentation followed by exhaustion the next day.
Excessive daytime sleepiness leads to a lack of concentration and is often associated with mood swings, aggression, depression, poor sexual performance and even dangerous physical conditions such as heart attacks.
The symptoms of sleep apnea can impact a person’s relationships, as well as academic and professional performance. They also increase the risk of road traffic or workplace accidents, which in turn cause huge economic losses to society.
“Although this disorder may affect more than half of a country’s population” Dr. Nesreen E. Morsy from Mansoura University in Egypt, lead author of a recent review paper on sleep apnea, explains, “it is still underrated”.
The legislation concerning sleep apnea and the related issue of public safety is still deficient in many countries; only the United States and the European Union have regulations on driving and sleep apnea.
According to Dr. Morsy and colleagues, medical authorities should pay attention to the major public issue of sleep apnea: “The public should be aware of this disorder and its hazardous effects. People should be encouraged to seek medical advice when any warning signs show up.”
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Nesreen E. Morsy, Nesrine S. Farrag, Nevin F.W. Zaki, Ahmad Y. Badawy, Sayed A. Abdelhafez, Abdel-Hady El-Gilany, Mohsen Mohammed EL shafey, Seithikurippu R. Pandi-Perumal, David Warren Spence, Ahmed S. BaHammam: Obstructive sleep apnea: Personal, Societal, Public Health, and Legal Implications, 14.05.2019.