eve of World Sleep Day 2013, which is celebrated on March 15, Philips
Healthcare India today reiterated its commitment to increasing awareness on
common sleep disorders that affect an overwhelming 93% Indians.
of its awareness drive, Philips Home Healthcare division organized over 150
sleep focused events in 2012 and intends to increase this to 250 in 2013. Identifying the need for trained sleep
specialists across India, Philips has already trained over 200 technicians and
500 physicians, and will continue to increase this number over the next few
years. In addition to this, Philips will continue to help hospitals in setting
up more sleep labs across the country.
its awareness programs backed with fresh plans to reach 7 million sleep
disorder patients, Philips has emphasized that lack
of sleep not only impacts the overall quality and productivity of a person's
life but also leads to serious health issues such as increased risk of
diabetes, weight gain, high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats among
others. According to industry estimates, today there are at least 7 million
Indians who are living with different types of sleep disorders, with
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) being the most common.
the alarming and well-documented consequences of not sleeping enough, it is
still not considered a serious health issue in India. If left untreated, lack
of sleep and snoring could signal a more serious condition-OSA - which can
potentially lead to heart disease, worsen heart failure and even trigger heart
attacks," said Bidur Dhaul, Senior Director, Home Health Care, Philips
who are experiencing poor sleep must visit a doctor for correct diagnosis. If
detected on time, this can be treated and one can avoid more serious health
issues," he added.
the most common signs of OSA are loud and chronic snoring, frequent urination
at night, morning headaches, irritability, depression, mood swings, memory or
learning problems and inability to concentrate.
Dr. N. Ramakrishnan,
President, Indian Sleep Disorders Association (ISDA) emphasizes, "Sleep related problems will be the
next big epidemic of non-communicable disease in India (after Diabetes and
Heart Disease) and treatment would change the quality of life. It is important
to remember that excessive daytime sleepiness is as much a problem as not
sleeping enough. You must sleep well for good health".
Globally, approximately 100 million people
suffer from OSA, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Evidence
collected by WHO suggests that undiagnosed patients with OSA incur higher
health-care costs. In India, a Philips survey conducted by The Nielsen Company
revealed that 93% Indians are sleep-deprived, getting less than the 8 hours of
sleep they need every day. An astonishing 11% take leave from work because of
lack of sleep. The Survey also reveals that 58% feel that their work suffers
due to lack of adequate sleep while 11% actually fall asleep at work. A
whopping 87% agree they are aware that lack of sleep affects their health.
Interestingly, only 2% Indians discussed their sleep issues with a physician.