Are you at risk of not getting air to your lungs during sleep?

Are you at risk of not getting air to your lungs during sleep?

For normal function of your body regardless of the sleep, your cells need oxygenated blood. That means environment air need to reach your lungs through nose or mouth.

 

Then this oxygen is mixed with your blood & carried to the all your organs inside via blood due to the pumping action of the heart.

 

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)—is a sleep disorder that  involves cessation or significant decrease in airflow in the presence of breathing effort.  It is the most common type of sleep-disordered breathing.

 

OSA is characterized by recurrent episodes of upper airway collapse during sleep.

 

Therefore you will not get enough oxygenated blood to your organs & that will make you to awake repeatedly during your sleep. Sometimes you may not notice this sleep disturbance but in the morning you will feel drowsy & sleepy.

 

So who are the people at risk of not getting air to your lungs during sleep?

 

1. Obese people

 

2. People having a very small lower jaw (Micrognathia). Usually they have this since their birth.

 

3. Large tongue- people having hormonal problems like high growth hormones (acromegaly), low thyroid hormones  (hypothyroidism)& amyloidosis are likely to have large tongues. This large tongue can block your throat during the sleep.

 

4. Having a short neck

 

5. Large tonsils- Your tonsils may be inflammed & enlarged due to an infection in the throat.

 

Dr. Yapa Wijeratne



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Dr Rikaz Sheriff

MBBS PGCert MSc
Director, Western Hospital


Rikaz Sheriff is responsible for all aspects of innovation and strategy of health informatics solutions of LankaDoctor. Rikaz joined UniverSL Software after working for 5 years as a Senior Medical Officer at Western Hospital where he leads the business development unit with responsibility for marketing strategy, brand management, advertising, and consumer promotions.

He also serves as the chief coordinator for their kidney transplant programme. Rikaz is a life member of the Sri Lanka Medical Association and the Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka. Rikaz holds a MBBS degree from Baqai University (Pakistan) and a Master's degree in Biomedical Informatics from the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo. He also works as the Provincial Health Informatician for the Department of Health Services, Western Province.


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Dr. Yapa Wijeratne
MBBS University of Perdeniya.
Medical Officer, Mawanella Hospital.


Yapa entered Faculty of Medicine in 2008, following a successful career at the Dharmaraja College, Kandy. While continuing his undergraduate career, he joined UniverSL Software. He completed his MBBS degree from University of Peradeniya & worked as a Temporary lecturer at Department of Basic sciences, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya. After completing his internship, he is still working at Teaching Hospital Peradeniya.