Did you know that snoring is the No. 1 symptom for people who suffer from a potentially deadly disease called Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
In fact, it has been ascertained by doctors that snoring can also lead to daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, high blood pressure, and many more life altering, and occasionally threatening issues.
In fact, there are more than 80 sleeping disorders in total with varied degrees of influence on the physical, psychological and social well-being of those who are the sufferers. This has raised the medical prominence of the subject to new levels as it is now realised that this has a serious cost effect on our National Health Service.
Basically, attack the main causes of the snoring problem and eliminate large numbers of these dangerous disorders that cost hospitals a lot of money and more importantly, can endanger our lives.
Sleep Clinic for Children & Adults Chief Executive, Dr Pamela Hamilton-Stubbs, said that sleeping disorders range from basic snoring to severe sleep apnoea.
“Sleep apnoea worldwide is mostly undiagnosed and affects millions in developed and non-developed countries,” said the expert.
Dr Hamilton-Stubbs added that sleep problems are now increasingly recognised as an important manifestation of different diseases. Impaired sleep quality and short sleep duration might be associated with a serious decline in overall health and could also cause mortality, stating that social and demographic influences are critical for sleep attainment.
With regard to the a new course that is available for medical professionals in Occupation Sleep Medicine, that has been developed in collaboration with Philips Respironics, she said that it is a very new field within sleep medicine and is closely linked to the science of sleep. The clinical practice of Sleep Medicine would play a crucial role in fatigue risk management. In short term, it improves performance, productivity and safety, while in the longer term, it improves workers’ health and well-being.
It is often stated that many sleep disorders cause an increase in daytime sleepiness and also an increase in road traffic accidents. “It is associated with many systemic disorders like hypertension.”
“The new course focuses on the needs of the physicians and technicians who want to develop specialist skill in sleep medicine practice.”
The course will raise awareness among the participants about sleep disorders, help them in understanding and diagnosing the problem in general, and the hands-on training will help them in building their skill.
By John Redfern
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