Sep 29 – Oct 5 is Sleep Awareness week, to raise awareness of the importance of sleep health for overall health and well-being.
Research undertaken by the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health has revealed that many men are unaware that they have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). OSA was reported by 8% of men in the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study cohort. Polysomography testing was then performed on men not reporting having OSA and 52% of men over the age of 40 were found to have OSA, and it was moderately severe or severe in 25% of these.
Importantly the Centre’s research, led by Professor Robert Adams and Dr Sarah Appleton at the Basil Hetzel Institute with colleagues at Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health at Repatriation General Hospital, has shown that OSA may in fact be an early warning sign of heart disease or other chronic health problems such as diabetes, erectile dysfunction, nocturia (passing urine at night), and depression and anxiety. It also puts you at risk of excessive daytime sleepiness, impaired mental functioning and having a motor vehicle accident.
1. Snore loudly
2. Feel tired or sleepy in the day
3. Have been told you stop breathing in your sleep
4. Have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or
5. Have a neck circumference of 43cm or more
then ask your doctor about undergoing a sleep test.
Importantly weight loss will go a long way to reducing this risk.