Move over, heart disease and diabetes. Wake up to a stealthy new lifestyle killer—and the best-kept secret in public health. Doctors estimate that as much as one-third of India’s adult population is at risk from faulty judgement and poor concentration at work, at home and behind the wheel. And all because they don’t sleep properly.
Insomnia is the most well-known problem, but others, like obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and narcolepsy, which too can be life-threatening, are coming to light, thanks to a new breed of clinicians who practice sleep medicine. The good news is that most sleep disorders are entirely treatable. The bad news: most of us, including doctors, are unaware such problems even exist.