Snoring and Health: Are We Sleeping Over It?

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Dr. Umakanth Katwa

BURLINGTON, MA– Millions of Americans–both adults and children—go to bed every night for a restful sleep which is everything but restful. Why? What can you do to prevent it?

Dr. Umakanth Katwa, a sleep specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, will answer those and many more related questions at 7th Annual Health, Fitness & Wellness Expo on March 10th at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA.

The expo is free for attendees, but you must pre-register. To register for free, click here. The 7th Annual Health & Wellness Expo, which is produced by The Mishra Group in collaboration with INDIA New England News, Indus Business Journal and INE MultiMedia, is sponsored by KnowYourMeds, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Lahey Health.

If you snore, stop breathing and gasp for air throughout the night, wake up frequently to catch up breath leading to frequent micro-awakenings, or sleep fragmentation, you should listen to Dr. Katwa’s talk.

Dr. Katwa is the director of sleep laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He did his medical training at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, India and then did his pediatric residency at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (AIIMS).

He completed his sleep fellowship training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School. His area of research focuses on obstructive sleep apnea in children, precision diagnosis and newer diagnostics techniques and treatment options.

Dr. Katwa is a well-known speaker both national and internationally in sleep medicine and lectures at various conferences worldwide. He has been voted by his peers as Top Doctors in 2018 and 2019 published by the Boston Magazine.

He says lack of sleep leads to chronic sleep deprivation resulting in excessive daytime sleepiness, tiredness/fatigue, and increased risk for hypertension, heart diseases, diabetes, memory loss in addition to poor quality of life.

“In children OSA leads to hyperactivity and attention issues (ADHD like), poor memory and academic performances in addition increased risk for other chronic conditions,” says Dr. Katwa. “Many are not even aware that they suffer from what is called as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) a condition affecting over 25 million people.”

Dr Katwa, who is the director of sleep laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, will talk about normal sleep and discuss the common symptoms of OSA both in children and adults at the expo. He will discuss how to diagnose and treat OSA. He will also discuss the impact on overall health by treating OSA.

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