Dutch health technology company Royal Philips wants to make better sleep a reality for everyone in Saudi Arabia. Sleep apnea syndrome is common among Saudis and yet is little understood and often goes untreated. Royal Philips has forged a partnership with Fakeeh Care to enable patients across the Kingdom to take a more active role in their sleep apnea therapy using innovative end-to-end diagnostic and therapeutic solutions to manage and treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Ozlem Fidanci, Philips CEO, Middle East and Turkey, said: “Millions of people know that sleep is critical to their health, and are searching for ways to get better rest. From identifying individual sleep needs to offering clinically proven solutions, Philips is on a mission to make better sleep a reality for everyone.
“We are committed to working closely with Fakeeh Care and its patients, and we’re developing sleep apnea therapy solutions that not only achieve clinical efficacy and streamline care, but ones that are designed to be attractive to use night after night so patients can enjoy better days.”
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. There are several forms of sleep apnea, however the most common type is OSA, which occurs when a person’s throat muscles intermittently relax and block the airway during sleep causing a variety of daytime and nighttime symptoms to arise as a result of sleep deprivation or inconsistent sleep patterns.
The most common signs and symptoms of OSA include loud snoring, abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking, awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat, morning headache and irritability, excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating during the day, mood changes, such as depression or irritability, high blood pressure and nighttime sweating.
Individuals can book appointments with Fakeeh Care’s sleep centers across the Kingdom, and upon diagnosis, patients will be admitted for an overnight diagnostic and therapeutic stay at the care center during which their sleep patterns will be monitored and simultaneously treated using Philips devices.
The data and information collected during the patients’ stay will be used by sleep experts to modify the settings of the devices patients will use at their convenience to continue their treatment therapy at home.