Ninety-three per cent of Indians are sleep-deprived getting less then 8 hours of sleep and 58 per cent feel that their work suffers due to lack of inadequate sleep, according to a survey made by an independent organisation.
Sharing details of the Philips Sleep Survey Philips India Home Health Care senior director Bidur Dhaul said that the survey was conducted among 5,600 respondents in age group of 35 to 65 years across 25 cities with a population of 5 lakh or more. According to the survey 11 per cent take leave from work to catch up with their sleep and an equal percentage of the respondents said that they fall asleep at work.
As much as 72 per cent of the respondents said that they woke up anywhere between one and three times during their sleep and 87 per cent of them were aware that lack of sleep affected their health.
City based pulmonologist Ravindranath said that awareness about the damage done by lack of sleep was however very poor.
Giving details about the symptoms of sleep apnea he said that the common signs of obstructive sleep apnea were loud and chronic snoring, frequent urination at night, morning headaches, memory and learning problems, inability to concentrate, feelings of irritation, depression and frequent mood swings.
If anyone was having a few of these symptoms they should undergo sleep tests and eliminate sleep apnea. Guntur based pulmonologist Pallaniappan said there was a sudden increase in the number of sleep apnea cases in Andhra Pradesh. Many people who have severe snoring problem do not acknowledge the fact because of the stigma.