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Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea: What is it, Causes, Symptoms, Risk Factors and More | Singapore General Hospital

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) - What it is

Sleep-disordered breathing (SBD) is used to describe snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) syndrome. Snoring and OSA are common medical conditions that affect between 15-50% of the adult population worldwide.

Snoring, due to vibration of tissues in the throat, can be a symptom of partial upper airway obstruction. The partial obstruction can lead to complete airway obstruction – a medical condition called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). In Singapore, about 15% of adults have OSA.

Medical and Socioeconomic

Consequences Studies have shown that OSA presents a huge economic burden to society. Individuals with untreated OSA use more healthcare resources, are associated with poor work performances and occupational injuries and are involved in more traffic accidents.

Studies have also shown that compared to normal individuals, untreated and inadequately treated OSA can lead to increased risk of :

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Sudden death
  • Premature death in the long run
  • Stroke

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) - How to prevent?

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) - Preparing for surgery

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) - Post-surgery care

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) - Other Information

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