Epidemiology of Adult Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome in India (Report)
In India, the obesity epidemic will propel obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) to an increasingly important public health issue over the next few years. The future areas of sleep research in our country will have to focus on the cause and effect relationship of OSAS with obesity related co-morbid diseases like type 2 diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, dyslipidaemias and metabolic syndrome as applicable to the Indian population. In a resource limited setting like India, there is a paucity of health care facilities with multi-channel polysomnography equipment, thereby further limiting the evaluation of OSAS patients. In spite of the constraints, researchers in India and its neighbouring countries in the last decade have made a preliminary attempt to study OSAS and co-morbid conditions.