Dubai, UAE: To help improve public knowledge about signs, symptoms, complications, diagnosis, and treatment options of sleep problems, Dubai Hospital is to hold a one-day campaign today.
“Public awareness and education is important for early detection, prevention and management of diseases. In line with the DHA’s health strategy, 2013 to 2025, it is our aim to empower the public through such health educational campaigns,” said Dr. Abdulrahman Al Jassmi, CEO of Dubai Hospital , who will inaugurate the campaign.
Dr. Fadhil Mustafa Abdullah Al Shama, Head of the Internal Medicine Department at Dubai Hospital and Consultant Endocrinologist, said, “People are generally unaware about sleep problems and normally approach the doctor when the symptoms greatly increase. Our aim is to raise awareness and thus promote early detection through this campaign.” Al Shama said of all the sleep problems, the majority of the sleep problems are due to sleep apnea, a disease caused by poor oxygenation of the blood while sleeping. “The disorder is characterised by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep.” Dr. Manoj P Mathews, Senior Specialist Registrar in the Internal Medicine Department at Dubai Hospital , said that obesity and sleep apnea are strongly linked and that people who are overweight or obese are at a higher risk of developing the disease.
Mathews said the symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue, insomnia, loud snoring, tiredness and irritability etc., adding, “Snoring is not harmful per se but when it is related to sleep apnea it should be evaluated because if left untreated it can cause serious heart, lung and blood pressure problems.” He said that loud snoring or the kind that leads to gasping and waking up should not be taken lightly and the patient should visit a healthcare professional to test themselves. To detect sleep problems, several baseline blood tests are done and additionally a sleep study may be required.
The campaign will take place on the 23rd of April in the lobby of Dubai Hospital .
© Emirates News Agency (WAM) 2015.Apr 2015