Sleep Apnea refers to cessation of breathing during sleep. In Hong Kong, an estimated ＊280,000 people (which is 5% of the population) suffer from this disease.
＊Chest 2001 Jan; 119(1): 62-9 A community study of sleep-disordered breathing in middle-aged Chinese men in Hong Kong
The word “apnea” is derived from Greek, which means “without breath”.
A person with sleep apnea stops breathing repeatedly while sleeping anywhere from 10 seconds to sometimes over a minute.
For mild cases, the above event occurs five times per hour while for some severe cases, it may occur up to 10 times.
Due to inadequate oxygen supply, the brain and other organs may lack oxygen and some individuals may wake up during sleep. Although an individual may not recall waking up, sleep is disrupted temporarily. As a result, sleep deprivation and excessive daytime sleepiness can occur. Without sufficient quality sleep, excessive daytime fatigue will oocur and interfere with daytime tasks such as work, school and social interactions. People who have to operate heavy machineries or drive vehicles will also be a great risk of having serious accidents.
How can I treat it?
Sleep apnea can affect your health, your work life and your relationships. It is important to get effective treatment to ensure a relaxing deep sleep. At Homecare Medical, we assure that we use only the best and newest technology available to provide our clients with a good night’s sleep. The latest and most effective treatment of sleep apnea is the CPAP Machine. We provide our Hong Kong patients with this technology, making sure they wake up each morning feeling refreshed.
Homecare Medical specializes in providing customers with the healthcare products and services focused on sleep and respirator problems. We pride ourselves in quality service and a dedication to our customers, providing a comfortable, relaxing experience at our office and on-site specialists to guide you through the processes.
If you are having sleep-related problems, speak to our Hong Kong professionals today.