34pc Saudi adults 'have breathing problems'
Riyadh, September 15, 2009
A recent consumer research conducted by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a world leader in healthcare, in Saudi Arabia reveals that 34 per cent adults in the kingdom experienced breathing problems during sleep.
GSK revealed the findings of an extensive global study which indicates that a significant proportion of the adult population in the Middle East suffers from breathing problems especially while sleeping, negatively affecting their ability to get a deep and restful sleep.
GSK has identified the major reasons behind this condition, in particular nasal congestion and deviated septum.
Nasal congestion causes reduced or blocked airflow through the nasal passages which leads to breathing through the mouth and often results in disrupted sleep and snoring. It is a common symptom of many conditions, such as cold, flu, sinus infection as well as seasonal allergies.
Deviated septum on the other hand, is a common physical disorder involving the displacement of the nasal septum often leading to difficulties breathing through the nose. Both conditions often lead to un-restful sleep and cause snoring.
The survey also found that no less than 20 per cent of Saudi adults listed breathing problems as the most frequently experienced physical ailments during sleep. Additionally, 24 per cent of respondents reported suffering from snoring and 12 per cent reported having bed partner who snores and disturbs their sleep. The study also found that males are more likely to experience breathing difficulties, snoring, and nasal congestion while females are more likely to be affected by partner’s snoring.
Interrupted sleep results in negative effects on people’s mood and behaviour including stress, depression, agitation, anger, sadness and anxiety.
GSK released its tips to improve night-time breathing for a deep and restful sleep:
• Keep in shape and exercise regularly. This improves breathing and releases stress accumulated during the day, allowing you to have a good night of restful sleep. Additionally, doing breathing exercises can go a long way in improving your sleep.
• Do not smoke. Smoking results in irritation and inflammation of airways, If you can’t quit, resist the temptation of smoking in the evening especially the last few hours before sleep.
• Avoid sleeping on your back. Often this results in your jaw opening and your tongue falling back blocking your airway. People who sleep on their back tend to snore more.
• If you suffer from a deviated septum or other physiological problems, consider seeing a health specialist to seek treatment.
The key to a good night’s sleep is healthy and unobstructed nasal breathing. Due to the importance of sleep and its effect on everyone’s life, GSK recommends monitoring of breathing behaviour during sleep time, and consultation with a specialist doctor if needed.-TradeArabia News Service