Raising awareness of sleep apnea with Philips

Sleep, it’s something that’s quite important to us, isn’t it? It’s crucial, actually. We need it to help us function throughout our day to day lives, we need it to help keep us sharp and focused, because if we don’t get enough sleep it can have a huge impact on us and our lives. 

This weekend, the clocks go back and a new survey has revealed that three-quarters of Brits {75%} have taken an unexpected nap during the day, with 16% of those admitting to taking a nap in secret. Philips Respironics, a global leader in sleep and respiratory care explores our relationship with sleep to raise awareness of the sleep condition obstructive sleep apnea {OSA}. Sleep apnea can cause long-term or short-term health conditions is left untreated. 

On average, we need around seven to nine hours of sleep a night.  According to the survey, the nation gets around 6.3hrs of sleep a night with around a fifth of the country {19%} getting less than 5hrs sleep a night. 

For me personally, sleep is something that I seem to find harder & harder to do the older I get – but I am sure it can be explained with overthinking things too much and finally remembering whatever it was I forgot to do during my day. Sleep is also hard for me because I am married to a man who snores so impressively loudly that he would make people who are sleeping in their beds down the street, turn in their beds. 

His snoring has been something that has escalated over the last year, and it can get so bad that I’m the one who gives in and moves to the sofa to get some sleep. We have tried oral suspensions for snoring, we’ve bought nasal sprays – neither worked at all. Chin straps are not an option for him {in fairness they do look uncomfortable} and we’ve also tried snoring strips. All haven’t helped or hindered his sleep habits.  

We decided to book him an appointment to see his GP – they discussed his sleeping habits and my husband was referred to a sleep clinic as his GP considered sleep apnea to be a possible culprit. Sadly, we’re still waiting on that appointment for the sleep clinic and it’s been quite a while since he was referred. However, we did a little research and sleep apnea is definitely a cause for concern. After reading up on it, it’s hard to not be a little more concerned as I listen to him sleep but I’m sure his snoring is just really bad snoring. However, it’s smart to be aware of other such conditions that could be an underlying cause for it.  

Obstructive Sleep Apnea {OSA} is where the upper airway becomes unstable during sleep and collapses which results in restricted airflow. There are shockingly 3.4 million undiagnosed adults living with OSA in the UK. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is associated with health conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, Heart disease & Hypertension. Sadly, if OSA is left untreated the risk of having a stroke is 3 times greater. 

The daytime signs of OSA are:

  • Excessive tiredness throughout the day
  • Poor memory
  • No motivation or energy
  • Morning headaches

The nighttime signs of OSA are: 

  • Noisy & laboured breathing
  • Loud snoring
  • Nocturia {the need to urinate during the night}
  • Loss of libido

The survey also shares that 34% of people are disrupted by their partner due to their snoring at night. I am in that 34%! We resort to kicking & nudging our partners and I also slip my arm underneath his pillow, lift his head to reboot his airway and for a short spell, his snoring does persist. But I couldn’t be doing that every five minutes! One in three of those disrupted end up going to sleep in another room – for me? It’s the sofa. 

For those living with Obstructive Sleep apnea, Philips Respironics has therapy devices that can help long-term – They are designed to help you rediscover what it is to have a restful night’s sleep giving you a sense of normalcy too. 

The Philips Dreamwear Mask {an under the nose nasal mask} has a unique design that allows more freedom to move during sleep without discomfort or irritation. To the bridge of the nose, the Dreamstation CPAP {continuious positive airway pressure} therapy system has also been designed for comfort and ease of use like the Philips Dreamwear Mask. Both are medical devices and can be provided with a prescription from your GP.  

If you can relate to any of the symptoms mentioned above, please make the time to visit your GP, or if your someone worried about their partner’s sleep habits, then again, advise them to seek medical advice. You can never be too careful & it’s much better to be safe and aware than not. 

To find out more about sleep & respiratory care please visit http://philips.to/2z44nUQ and the Philips Healthcare YouTube channel, here: https://www.youtube.com/user/PhilipsHC.

*This is a collaborative post with Philips. 

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13 Comments

  1. 29/10/2017 / 11:28 AM

    This is such an important condition to raise awareness of – i can’t believe there are 3.4million undiagnosed adults living with OSA in the UK! Riley had sleep apnoea as a baby when he was in NICU and it was one of the most terrifying things i’ve ever experienced. Watching his SATS drop and him essentially stop breathing was horrendous, i’m so relieved he grew out of it by the time we brought him home from the hospital! xx

    • 30/10/2017 / 4:37 PM

      A massively important consider to raise awareness of. It’s shocking how many are left undiagnosed, isn’t it! Oh my goodness, your little one – that must have been so scary! So pleased to hear he has grown out of it! x

  2. 29/10/2017 / 3:39 PM

    I used to support someone who has sleep apnea, it is such a hard condition to live with and great more awareness is being driven about it x

    • 30/10/2017 / 4:38 PM

      I can’t imagine it is an easy condition to live with, as the sufferer and even that persons partner! x

  3. Lilinha Espindula
    29/10/2017 / 6:10 PM

    I really enjoy my sleep and I can’t function well when I don’t sleep enough. It’s great to raise awareness for such an important cause.

    • 30/10/2017 / 4:39 PM

      Do any of us function well without sleep? Because I know I don’t either. It makes the next day ten times harder than it should be.

  4. erinalice
    29/10/2017 / 8:07 PM

    I don’t know how people survive on 5 hours of sleep a night. I do imagine a lot of people with sleep apnea don’t realise they have it so it’s great you’re spreading the word!

    • 30/10/2017 / 4:40 PM

      It’s such an important topic to raise awareness of and we can only hope it can help those who might be concerned about it, to make an appointment with their GP.

  5. Rebecca
    30/10/2017 / 7:16 AM

    My 4 year old has OSA. Due to abnormaly large tonsils. He already had his adnedoids removed last year because of severe reacurring ear infections with grommets fitted. Living with a 4 year old with OSA is hard. As kids wont nap in the day, he just goes in to hyoer mode to get him through. Luckily it hasnt impacted on his school, however does impact on his health and behaviour. I see how it impacts on his and our lifes, i have no idea how adults cooe with busy lifes!

    • 30/10/2017 / 4:41 PM

      So young! 🙁 Poor little bird – hopefully he will grow out of it because someone else commented in here that their little one did. I can’t imagine it is easy at all x

  6. Amy
    30/10/2017 / 12:13 PM

    My partner is a ridiculously loud snorer but I never thought this condition could be a possible culprit. Will definitely be having a chat with him and see if he thinks it’s worth seeing a GP about.

    • 30/10/2017 / 4:42 PM

      I have a ridiculously loud snorer for a partner too – you have my sympathies! But, as you said, you never thought his snorer could be a sign for something else. It’s best making that appointment with your GP just in case! x

  7. 31/10/2017 / 11:28 PM

    Oh wow this is really interesting and I do know that I don’t get anywhere near 9hrs sleep a night – I’m lucky if I get around 5 as my youngest still wakes constantly at 2.5yrs – it’s exhausting. I know for my health I need to find a way to change this

    Laura x

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