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Nation Finally Wakes Up To Sleep Apnoea

Nation Finally Wakes Up To Sleep Apnoea (April 2013)

After 22 years of tirelessly promoting public awareness of sleep apnoea, the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association are pleased to announce that the public are finally recognising the symptoms and long-term effects of this debilitating and potentially life threatening condition.

Results from a recent survey by the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association found that most respondents were aware of the condition, those who are most likely to develop the condition, common symptoms and associated health risks.

The majority of respondents said they would seek help if they recognised the signs and symptoms in themselves. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) or mandibular advancement (MA) are the recognised treatments for sleep apnoea but sadly many respondents had a negative attitude towards them. Typical comments were 'it does not look very nice; it looks too big and clumsy; my partner would not like it; I do not think it will work'.

However, there are currently many thousands of people in the UK who use these treatments and have found them simply life changing. Our aim now is to do more to promote the positive benefits and improved quality of life that these treatments bring and to champion novel treatments.

Notes:

  • 1,666 respondents
  • Aged between 16-70+, average age of respondents:50, males 41-50, females 51-60.
  • Ratio male/female evenly matched.
  • Only 18% of respondents said they would use CPAP, 31% mandibular advancement, 22% would not use either treatment.
  • 98% did not recognise that menopause, being pregnant and POS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) are conditions that can contribute to sleep apnoea.
  • Around 40% did not recognise that insomnia, getting up to go to the toilet every night and gastric reflux can be symptoms of sleep apnoea.
  • More than 50% did not know that airway anatomy and craniofacial abnormalities can contribute to sleep apnoea.
  • 74% thought their GP would know about sleep apnoea.

The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association is a not-for-profit charitable organisation dedicated to helping people get a good night's sleep.