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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 277-283

Practical approach to sleep disordered breathing


Director, Nithra Institute of Sleep Sciences, Number 29 (Plot Number 1997), J Block, 13th Main Road, Anna nagar, Chennai 600 040, India

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Nagarajan Ramakrishnan
Director, Nithra Institute of Sleep Sciences, Number 29 (Plot Number 1997), J Block, 13th Main Road, Anna nagar, Chennai 600 040
India
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It is not uncommon to have occasional difficulty in falling asleep or have fatigue and day time sleepiness. However, when sleep disturbances persist for over a month and are associated with significant daytime dysfunction for at least two weeks, it may be a warning of an underlying sleep disorder requiring further evaluation and treatment. The combination of snoring, nonrefreshing sleep and daytime sleepiness is usually a hallmark of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) which is the most common sleep related breathing disorder. This review article aims to provide a practical and comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of sleep related breathing disorders with a focus on OSA.


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