Friday, 15 July 2016

Frequent urination at night: look for snoring

Frequent urination at night: look for snoring New Delhi, July 14, 2016: "Frequent urination at night, a condition called nocturia, is common among snorers with obstructive sleep apnea (cessation of respiration during sleep)," said Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal – President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Honorary Secretary General IMA. Nocturia is the need to void two or more times each night. In obstructive sleep apnea, soft tissues at the back of the throat temporarily collapse during sleep causing brief moments in which the patient stops breathing. The disorder can cause daytime sleepiness and can be effectively treated with a breathing device called CPAP that pushes air into the throat to prevent the tissues from collapsing. Quoting a Japanese study published in the journal Urology by Dr. Yoji Moriyama, Dr Aggarwal said that nocturia is present in 41% of patients with sleep apnea. The risk of nocturia is directly related to the severity of sleep apnea and the association is particularly strong in patients younger than 50 years of age. Snorers at risk of sudden death Interrupted nighttime breathing because of sleep apnea increases the risk of death. Sleep apnea is a common problem in which one has pauses in breathing or shallow breath during sleep. Studies have linked sleep apnea during snoring to increased risk of death. A study published in the edition of Sleep suggests that the risk is present among all people with obstructive sleep apnea. The study showed a sixfold increase which means that having significant sleep apnea at age 40 gives you about the same mortality risk as somebody aged 57 who doesn't have sleep apnea. For the Busselton Health Study, the team collected data on 380 men and women, between 40 and 65 years of age. Among these people, three had severe obstructive sleep apnea, 18 had moderate sleep apnea, and 77 had mild sleep apnea. The remaining 285 people did not suffer from the condition. During 14 years of follow-up, about 33% of those with moderate-to-severe sleep apnea died, compared with 6.5% of those with mild sleep apnea and 7.7% of those without the condition. For patients with mild sleep apnea, the risk of death was not significant and could not be directly linked to the condition. People who have, or suspect that they have sleep apnea, should consult their physicians about diagnosis and treatment options

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