The TV medic Dr. Dawn Harper urges the UK’s millions of snorers to check that their nighttime sounds are not a symptom of the potentially serious sleep apnea.
General practitioner and author Dawn, known as one of the doctors for awkward bodies on TV, warned her after a study showed two-thirds of adults don’t know that snoring can be a symptom of something that is potentially life-threatening.
And she made a list of common signs of sleep apnea, which causes sufferers to stop breathing for a few seconds several times a night, after researching a home-based sleep testing company sunrise.
The main symptoms are wheezing or choking while sleeping, loud snoring, and tiredness during the day. Other common symptoms include waking up several times to the bathroom and sweating in bed.
The Sunrise study found that one in four people snores sometimes and one in ten constantly snores. Little did most of them know that these common symptoms could point to a potentially fatal problem.
Dr. Dawn said, “Sleep apnea is linked to an increased risk of serious health problems like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. People who suffer from it are also at increased risk of serious illness if they contract coronavirus. Therefore, it is more important than ever to make a timely diagnosis and start treatment. “
It is caused by the airways becoming relaxed and narrow during sleep, and has been linked to obesity and aging. It is usually treated in bed with a mask known as a CPAP machine.
Sunrise, who commissioned the snoring study of 2,000 British adults, has developed a home sleep test device that sits on your chin to help diagnose sleep apnea and related sleep disorders.
CEO and Co-Founder Laurent Martinot said, “Our results show that despite studies that conclude that half of men and a quarter of women over 40 have problems with breathing disorder, there is a real subconscious about sleep apnea . one of the biggest health problems of today.
“80% of the disease remains undiagnosed and, if left untreated, can lead to a range of serious health problems – from depression and mood swings to diabetes, high blood pressure and a higher chance of stroke.
“Another cause for concern in the current climate is that patients with sleep apnea appear to be at greater risk when they receive COVID-19.”
Common symptoms of apnea% of Britons are unaware of this
Heart disease 91%
Wake up several times a night to urinate 89%
Mental health problems (anxiety, depression) 85%
Wake up at night 68%
Daytime sleepiness 67%
Difficulty breathing / feeling choking at night 56%