Date: Jun 13, 2019
By: Lee I-chia / Staff Reporter
Frequent loud snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness might be signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a physician said yesterday, adding that about 1 million Taiwanese have the condition, which can also lead to increased risk of traffic accidents.
A man surnamed Liu (劉) snored loudly, woke abruptly during the night with a dry mouth or sore throat, and had excessive daytime sleepiness.
His wife, disturbed by her husband’s snoring, urged him to see a doctor, who diagnosed Liu with severe OSA, said Shiao Guang-ming (蕭光明), an attending physician at Taipei Veterans General Hospital’s chest department and founding president of the Taiwan Society of Sleep Medicine.
Liu was found to stop breathing more than 55 times per hour during sleep, Shiao said. [FULL STORY]