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I, aged 58, suffer from sleep apnea n snoring n feel drowsy in the entire day. I forget things. Kindly suggest treatment for cure.

Dr.Prakhar Singh 96% (4843ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
Loud frequent snoring is one of the indicators of sleep apnea, which is a chronic condition characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. Let's have a detailed discussion for better advice and healthy lifestyle.
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I have nasal congestion and sleeping disorder may be sleep apnea. Doc suggested me lorfast am and medrol tab. But medrol also affects immune system. Should I take medrol as immunity in necessary for fighting infection.

Dr.Nitish Virmani 89% (14ratings)
MBBS, MS - ENT, DNB (ENT)
ENT Specialist, Faridabad
I have nasal congestion and sleeping disorder may be sleep apnea. Doc suggested me lorfast am and medrol tab.
But med...
Avoid using oral steroids for a long time without doctor's supervision. Nasal congestion can be treated with anti-histaminics, saline nasal sprays and steam inhalation. If required, steroid nasal sprays can be used for relief supplemented by short course of decongestant drops containing xylometazoline. It is important to understand cause of nasal congestion for any effective treatment. Kindly consult with a specialist in person and avoid self medicating with steroids.
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Sleep Apnea - Know More About It!

Chd City Hospital 86% (101ratings)
Multi Speciality, Chandigarh
Sleep Apnea - Know More About It!

A good night’s sleep is essential for your mental and physical health. Proper sleep means your body is adequately rejuvenated and is ready to face yet another day with efficiency. When your sleep cycle is disrupted, the entire body mechanism is disturbed. Thus, sleep apnea can turn bothersome if not treated.

What is sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition wherein there can be paused or shallow breathing while the person is asleep. At the time of sleeping, the muscles of the throat and tongue are more relaxed, and the tissues block the passage of air. It is most common in adults, and the primary reason behind it is excess weight and obesity. In the case of children, the most common cause of this disorder is enlarged tonsils. Childhood obesity is another cause of this disorder in children.

Complications that could arise if the obstructive sleep apnea is not taken care of

  • Sleep apnea or snoring can disturb your sleep as well as people sleeping around you. This disorder raises the chances of health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure. If someone is already suffering from high blood pressure, then sleep apnea can even make it worse.
  • When a person suffering from sleep apnea wakes up at night, his/her body gets stressed which makes the hormone system to go into overdrive which in turn increases the blood pressure of that person. Even the level of oxygen in the blood decreases when one cannot breathe well due to sleep apnea.
  • People suffering from sleep apnea are more likely to have heart attacks.
  • The most common cause for this is the low level of oxygen or the stress of waking up suddenly. A person who is suffering from obesity is more prone to sleep apnea which also makes it harder to slim down. When someone suffers from sleep apnea, that person can have fatty deposits in their neck which block breathing during the night. Also, sleep apnea releases more the hormone named Ghrelin which makes a person suffering from obesity to crave for sweets.
  • Sleep apnea is also a concern with some general anesthesia and certain medications. People suffering from sleep apnea are more prone to face problems or complications at the time of major surgery as they suffer from breathing problems especially when anesthesia is performed and they are laid on their back. It is imperative to consult with the doctor before a major surgery if one is suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

Other health related problems

  • People suffering from sleep apnea are more likely to liver problems. This includes abnormal results on the liver function test, and their liver is most prone to show the signs of scarring. This disorder is also known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea also results in excessive daytime sleepiness which also increases the risk factor for automobile accidents and can also lead to depression.
  • Sleep apnea can also lead to stroke, heart failure, gastroesophageal reflux disease and abnormal rhythm of the heart.
  • Sleep apnea is a common condition with mild to severe levels and can be progressive with age. Because of the complications that can arise due to this condition, it is crucial to get the condition treated as soon as the symptoms are observed.
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I wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air as if I was choking, what’s happening to me?

Dr.Prakhar Singh 96% (4843ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
I wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air as if I was choking, what’s happening to me?
Waking once or twice during the night is normal. However, if you find yourself waking up more than that and taking a long time to fall back asleep each time, it could be a sign of a bigger problem. Also known as sleep maintenance insomnia. you may need a detailed discussion for a better and effective consultation.
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Benefits Of CPAP Therapy!

Dr.Rakesh Chawla 86% (10ratings)
MBBS, MD - Respiratory Medicine , Trained In Treating Sleep Disorder , Trained In Interventinal Bronchoscopy , Trained In Medical Thoracoscopy , Trained In Rigid Bronchoscopy
Pulmonologist, Delhi
Benefits Of CPAP Therapy!

There are hundreds of people with obstructive sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea is a condition where during sleep your breathing stops and starts. You will most likely snore and feel tired even after a night’s sleep. 

CPAP therapy or continuous positive air pressure therapy is the most common treatment for this condition. Let’s look at its benefits – 

1. Good for your heart

Sleeping disorders like sleep apnoea can cause cardiac problems like raising your blood pressure and making you susceptible to stroke. Using CPAP therapy regularly can reduce blood pressure – some people can even get rid of blood pressure medications altogether. 

It will also reduce the chances of the following conditions –

2. Feel more energetic

CPAP therapy will increase your energy levels and reduce the harmful effects of sleep apnoea.

3. Your risk of stroke decreases

Sleep apnoea, as stated before, increases your risk of stroke. According to research conducted, CPAP therapy can help bring down the chances of a stroke.

4. Your mind stays sharp

In a 2011 study, it was observed that sleep apnoea could result in dementia and cognitive impairment. Using CPAP can delay the onset of both these conditions. In some patients, it was found that using CPAP can keep Alzheimer’s at bay.

5. Your libido will improve

Erectile dysfunction has closely been linked with sleep apnoea. Research-based evidence shows that using CPAP therapy for sleep apnoea may help men regain their normal libido levels.

6. Good for diabetics

CPAP therapy if done regularly can help diabetics as it decreases their insulin resistance. This can help stabilize their blood sugar levels. 

7. Improves hearing

One of the problems of sleep apnea is a very high risk of hearing loss. In fact, a study found that if you have sleep apnoea then your risk of hearing loss is 90%. 

However, if you use CPAP therapy on a regular basis then it will reduce snoring. Since snoring can cause hearing problems and noise trauma, your risk of hearing loss too is drastically reduced.

8. Better facial skin

If sleep apnoea is addressed then your facial skin will also improve. It has been found that regular practitioners of CPAP therapy say a reduction in redness and puffiness in their faces. This gave them a more sharp and youthful appearance. 

9. Prevent accidents on the road

If you drive then CPAP is a lifesaver. We know that sleep apnoea can increase the chance of daytime sleep. Because sleep apnoea results in fatigue, there have been cases of people with sleep apnoea falling asleep at the driving seat. 

With CPAP, you will not face these issues, as you will be more alert and refreshed.

10. Concentration levels may surge

Sleep apnoea can damage brain tissue if left untreated. This could cause concentration lapses and memory loss. With CPAP, both these issues can be taken care of. Your productivity at work may also see an improvement.

Consult with your doctor if you want to opt for CPAP therapy.

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Insomnia. Taking tryptomer 25. Using cpap for sleep apnea pl suggest something better.

Dr.Avya Bansal 90% (108ratings)
MBBS, MD (Respiratory Medicine), DNB (Respiratory diseases)
Pulmonologist, Mumbai
Insomnia. Taking tryptomer 25. Using cpap for sleep apnea pl suggest something better.
Mr Ahuja We need to reduce your weight Also when was the sleep study done, And a complete health check up 6 monthly We need to do it every 6 months to see adequate pressure which will help in insomnia Warm Regards
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Sleep Apnea - Know Homeopathic Treatment For It!

Dr.Jay Verma 88% (33ratings)
BHMS, CAFE
Homeopathy Doctor, Lucknow
Sleep Apnea - Know Homeopathic Treatment For It!

Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects nighttime breathing and is caused by either a malfunction in the brain that temporarily stops sending signals to the muscles that control breathing, or by an obstruction in the airway

Causes of Sleep Apnea - 
It occurs when muscles in the back of your throat relax, tonsillitis, adenoids, obesity, middle-aged, heart disease, stroke, sedative medicines, large neck circumference, large tongue etc.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea -

  1. Feeling of excessively sleepy during a day
  2. Lack of concentration and low memory status
  3. Depression
  4. Short temperament
  5. Irritability
  6. Hyperactive children
  7. Leg swelling
  8. Impotency in males
  9. Insomnia
  10. Frequent waking up for urination in night
  11. Tiresome feeling in the morning

Homeopathic  Treatment of Sleep Apnea -
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using the holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering.

The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat sleep apnoea but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available for sleep apnoea treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensation and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some of the most common homeopathic medicines for Sleep Apnea are-

  1. Arsenicum Album: Arsenicum album is often prescribed for individuals who have breathing difficulties at night and is considered for people with a fearful, tense and agitated response to illness. 
  2. Lachesis: Lachesis is a remedy prescribed for conditions that worsen at night. This medicine is designed for people who are typically fearful and anxious, but also prone to jealousy and excessive talking. 
  3. Sulphur: By reputation, sulphur is a commonly prescribed homeopathic remedy, especially for nighttime congestion and sweating. Homeopathic sulphur combats a wheezy cough and congested head, both of which are suffered in sleep apnea. 
  4. Spongia Tosta: This remedy for croup may help congestive sleep apnea sufferers as it treats respiratory symptoms that worsen when lying down. 

Before taking these medications, it is important to visit the doctor who will take a detailed case history of your problem and prescribe the right dosage and combination of medication.

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Sleep - Know The Essence Of It!

Dr.Preeti Rai 92% (13ratings)
MD - Community Medicine, MBBS
General Physician, Dehradun
Sleep - Know The Essence Of It!

Many people brag about the fact that they are early risers and wake up with the dawn. But, there are also some people who have a natural rhythm of sleeping and waking up different than others. Some of them are night owls or all-nighters. Many people have a tendency of staying up all night and sleeping comfortably in the day time, which causes symptoms of jet lag on a daily basis.

The sleeping pattern in the daytime may cause headache and inadequate sleep in some people. Hence, they get moody, headache, and irritable most of the time.

What Happens If You Sleep Late Every Day?

Sleeping inadequately and not for enough hours does not only make your day irritable but also leads to bad health in the long run. The most terrible effects of sleeping late in the night are:

● Risk of diseases like diabetes and sleep apnea is the most common effects of sleeping late in the night for a longer time.

● Increased headache is one of the reasons that people advised to sleep early at night. Incomplete sleep may lead to a headache.

● With less sleep, you can induce unnecessary stress to the body, which will increase the blood pressure and sugar levels.

● Sleeping late in the night and waking up late may result in job loss or career hindrance.

Is It Bad to Stay Up Late Every Night?

When you sleep late in the night but wake up early, it may cause stress to your mind and eyes. To keep your mind alert and fresh, you need at least 7 hours of sound sleep, which can be done only with night sleep. Many sleep studies found that people who have the habit of sleeping early and waking early have better brain functioning. Is It Okay to Sleep Late? In today’s world, many have to keep awake late due to studies, exams, or work. If you sleep late occasionally for the purpose of study or work, then it's reasonable to say that it is ok to sleep late sometimes. However, do not make this a habit.

Sleeping late every day may have long-run effects on your body and brain. The risk of diseases and stressful brain functions may develop mental or health conditions. Hence, it is safe and healthy to sleep on time at night.

Is Waking Up Late Bad for Health?

The natural rhythm of any human being is to sleep at night and wake up in the morning. But, the late sleepers find it difficult to wake up early in the morning. This disturbs their sleep patterns. Sleeping late in the morning does not create a direct effect on the health of most people. But, late bed risers face many other problems like late for work or class, moody behaviour, laziness, and inappropriate eating habits. Takeaway For proper functioning of the body, it is always advisable to sleep at night and have at least 7 hours of sleep. This will make you fresh and active in your day time.

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Sleep Pyschiatry - Its Stages & Benefits!

Dr.Boppana Sridhar 90% (78ratings)
MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Vijayawada
Sleep Pyschiatry - Its Stages & Benefits!

Sleep is the normal physiological process of our body which is as important as respiration and digestion. Sleep is vital for maintaining our physical and mental health. Normal adults require 8 hours of sleep every day, whereas it 14 to 15 hours of sleep is recommended for for infants and toddlers.

What are the different stages of Sleep

Every human has a natural circadian clock in their body, which is responsible for maintaining our sleep - wake homeostasis. The different stages of sleep include REM and NREM that is rapid eye movement sleep and non rapid eye movement sleep respectively. REM is the deep sleep stage in which it is very difficult to wake up the person as this stage includes the sensory inhibition and all voluntary muscles along with almost all interactions with the surroundings are inhibited. Therefore, a person’s physical stress and tiredness also gets relieved during this stage of sleep. NREM sleep is the stage between REM and awakening and here the person may have sensory connection with his or her surroundings, but may not respond.

Sleep and its benefits

Sleep and stress have a very strong connection with each other. The best way to relieve stress and any other mental disturbance is sleep. It is essential to have knowledge about sleep psychiatry for almost all physicians as they face many sleep deprived patients in their day to day practice.

  1. Sleep is not only responsible for relieving mental stress and depression, but has other benefits as well
  2. Sleep is also essential for the normal physiological growth in early infancy and it is vital for development of normal alertness, attention and knowledge
  3. It also relaxes our voluntary muscles and thereby, relieves us from physical stress
  4. Sleep disturbance may also aggravate diseases in our body. Sleep is also the state of recovery and healing.

Sleep psychiatry also insist on meditation and ensures that people have normal pattern of sleep, in order to maintain the mental health of the person in a normal state.

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Sleep Apnea - Know Implications Of It!

Dr.Jigar P Modia 88% (10ratings)
MBBS, MD - Medicine
General Physician, Vadodara
Sleep Apnea - Know Implications Of It!

A good night’s sleep is essential for your mental and physical health. Proper sleep means your body is adequately rejuvenated and is ready to face yet another day with efficiency. When your sleep cycle is disrupted, the entire body mechanism is disturbed. Thus, sleep apnea can turn bothersome if not treated.

What is sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition wherein there can be paused or shallow breathing while the person is asleep. At the time of sleeping, the muscles of the throat and tongue are more relaxed, and the tissues block the passage of air. It is most common in adults, and the primary reason behind it is excess weight and obesity. In the case of children, most common cause of this disorder is enlarged tonsils. Childhood obesity is another cause of this disorder in children.

Complications that could arise if the obstructive sleep apnea is not taken care of

  • Sleep apnea or snoring can disturb your sleep as well people sleeping around you. This disorder raises the chances of health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure. If someone is already suffering from high blood pressure, then sleep apnea can even make it worse.
  • When a person suffering from sleep apnea wakes up at night, his/her body gets stressed which makes the hormone system to go into overdrive which in turn increases the blood pressure of that person. Even the level of oxygen in the blood decreases when one cannot breathe well due to sleep apnea.
  • People suffering from sleep apnea are more likely to have heart attacks.
  • The most common cause for this is the low level of oxygen or the stress of waking up suddenly. A person who is suffering from obesity is more prone to sleep apnea which also makes it harder to slim down. When someone suffers from sleep apnea, that person can have fatty deposits in their neck which block breathing during the night. Also, sleep apnea releases more the hormone named Ghrelin which makes a person suffering from obesity to crave for sweets.
  • Sleep apnea is also a concern with some general anesthesia and certain medications. People suffering from sleep apnea are more prone to face problems or complications at the time of major surgery as they suffer from breathing problems especially when anesthesia is performed and they are laid on their back. It is imperative to consult with the doctor before a major surgery if one is suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

Other health-related problems

  • People suffering from sleep apnea are more likely to liver problems. This includes abnormal results on the liver function test, and their liver is most prone to show the signs of scarring. This disorder is also known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea also results in excessive daytime sleepiness which also increases the risk factor for automobile accidents and can also lead to depression.
  • Sleep apnea can also lead to stroke, heart failure, gastroesophageal reflux disease and abnormal rhythm of the heart.
  • Sleep apnea is a common condition with mild to severe levels and can be progressive with age. Because of the complications that can arise due to this condition, it is crucial to get the condition treated as soon as the symptoms are observed.
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