According to industry estimates, the number of sleep apnea patients in the country could be somewhere between 40 million to 70 million. The nascent sleep therapy market in India was kick-started in 2008 when the $17-billion GE Healthcare brought to the Indian market continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines to treat sleep apnea, a breathing disorder common among adult diabetics.

Most people are laying out majority of their time as adults either working or sleeping. However, very little is known of the relationship between the two (Barnes et al., 2012). On the impact of productivity, 58% of Indians believe their work suffers due to inadequate sleep, whereas 38% have witnessed a colleague falling asleep at work (“Why you feel sleepy at work”, 2015). Sleep problems can serve as both cause and consequence of individuals’ day-to-day experiences including work experience. The effects of excessive daytime sleepiness on daytime functioning, cognition, memory, accidents and work errors is well studied in some countries such as the United States, Australia, Japan and France (Bartel, Offermeier, Smith, & Becker, 2004; Roth & Roehrs, 1996, 2003).

According to a survey done in 2020, working from home changed sleep schedule of 67% Indians with many sleeping after 11:00 pm. The reasons for the late sleep timings primarily were concerns that cropped up during the pandemic like job...

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Dr. Moitrayee Das

is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at FLAME University, Pune

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