Center for Sleep Disorder
The Chong Hua Hospital Center for Sleep Disorder is the first and only sleep laboratory outside Manila. It is the first one in the Philippines to use the most advanced ResMed EMBLA digital sleep recorder that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of the ailment. It is the same system used by the Harvard and Stanford Centers for Sleep Disorders
"My husband's snoring"
My husband's snoring was so loud that I couldn't get to sleep myself. Worst of all, however, were the constantly recurring moments when his breathing stopped altogether and the room became deathly still. I was afraid.
"He was suffocating"
If you are experiencing sleepiness during the day, loud snoring or pauses in breathing during sleep or any other sleeping difficulties, make an appointment to discuss these problems with your doctor. Sleep disorders are treatable. Your doctor can evaluate your sleep problem and may refer you to a sleep specialist who has special training in sleep medicine.
- Are you sleepy or tired during the day?
- Do you fall asleep easily during the day?
- Do you snore loudly each night?
- Do you have frequent pauses or stop breathing while you sleep?
- Do you have gasping or choking episodes during sleep?
If you answered yes to any of the five, you may have obstructive Sleep Apnea
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Loud snoring which is interrupted by respiratory arrest (apnea) of more than 10 seconds in duration is obstructive sleep apnea. This is usually accompanied by a reduction in blood oxygen saturation followed by a micro-awakening to breathe. In severe cases, hundreds of breathing pauses can occur every night.
In obstructive apnea, the throat closes during inhalation due to excessive relaxation of the pharynx muscles and the floor of the mouth, accompanied by increased tissue pressure from outside. This prevents air from entering the lungs, and the patient is threatened with suffocation.
Is OSA Dangerous? What are the effects?
In rare cases, OSA can be fatal. You should consider a disorder that repeatedly suffocates you in sleep for 10 seconds or longer very dangerous.
Many people die in their sleep. In many instances, the idea that someone died peacefully during sleep clearly must have amounted to wishful thinking, since instead, the deceased was probably fighting violently for breath up to the very end.
The most frequent symptom of sleep apnea is tiredness during the day. The continual lack of quality sleep can affect your life in many ways including depression, irritability, loss of memory, lack of energy, sexual dysfunction, a high risk of auto and workplace accidents, and many other problems.
Sleep Apnea has been associated with an up to 23-fold increased risk of heart attack. A number of studies have now documented sleep apnea in over two-thirds of male stroke victims.
Other common complications of sleep apnea include heart failure and high blood pressure. In fact, in some series, almost half of subjects with hypertension demonstrated sleep apnea. In many patients, treating sleep apnea can bring blood pressure readings under control: often with less medication.
Is OSA common?
Yes, extremely common! Sleep apnea occurs in all age groups and both sexes but is more common in men. Four percent of middle-aged men and 2 percent of middle-aged women have sleep apnea.
For many sleep apnea patients, their bed partners or family members are the first ones to suspect that something is wrong, usually from their heavy snoring and apparent struggle to breathe. The patient often does not know he or she has a problem and may not believe it when told.
Who gets OSA?
People most likely to have or develop sleep apnea include those who snore loudly and also are overweight, or have high blood pressure, or have some physical abnormality in the nose, throat, or other parts of the upper airway. Sleep apnea seems to run in some families, suggesting a possible genetic basis.
CHH - Center for Sleep Disorders Features:
The Chong Hua Hospital Center for Sleep Disorders is the first and only sleep laboratory outside Manila. It is the first one in the Philippines to use the most advanced ResMed EMBLA digital sleep recorder. It is the same system used by the Harvard and Stanford Centers for Sleep Disorders.
During the sleep study, 16 recordings (including Electroencephalogram, EKG, Electromyogram, electrooculogram, sleep position, pulse oximetry, airflow measurements by oronasal thermistor and nasal pressure transducer, thoracic and abdominal effort belts, real time video recording, snoring sensors and limb movement monitor) will be analyzed to make a definitive diagnosis and initiate treatment. Diagnosis of sleep apnea is not simple because there can be many different reasons for disturbed sleep.
- First Center for Sleep Disorders in the Visayas and Mindanao.
- Most competent Sleep Specialists for adults and pediatrics patients.
- Highly trained and friendly staff.
- Hotel - like room for the patient.
- State-of-the-art technology.
For inquiries please call:
Tel. No.: +63(32) 255-8000
Location: Building AB, 10th Floor, 10A