In the past week, have you woken up feeling great and thought – that was a good night’s sleep? Neither!
Not sure how your sleep rates? Take our free online quiz and in minutes you’ll be on your way to understanding how your rest adds up.
A great night’s sleep is so important for many things in your life. How you function day to day, your physical health, and your mental health.
But why aren’t you sleeping the best? Is it because you have a noisy partner? Perhaps you’re the one who snores? Maybe you just have too much on your mind and find it difficult to sleep?
So what’s keeping us up at night?
We don’t need fancy smart watches to tell us we’ve had a horrible night’s sleep – we know!
And, 40% of Aussies head of to the couch for a better night’s sleep because of their partners snoring! Those loud noises are not to be ignored; snoring is one of the symptoms of sleep apnoea – a serious sleep condition.
What is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a sleeping disorder where breathing stops for periods of time during sleep.
Sleep apnoea occurs when the walls of the throat come together while you’re sleeping and block off the upper airway. This leads to a halt in breathing, this might be only a few seconds but can last much longer. The brain will recognise its lack of oxygen and signals you to wake up.
Breathing will return to normal and oxygen levels regulate. Each pause in breathing is called an apnoea and you can have multiple apnoea’s a night. It’s not uncommon for someone with sleep apnoea to snore loudly.
Most people living with sleep apnoea are often unaware they have it. In fact, a staggering 3 million Australians have sleep apnoea, yet 80% remain undiagnosed.
How serious is sleep apnoea?
In the long term, untreated sleep apnoea can lead to serious health complications including weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. While sleep apnoea can’t be treated, it can be diagnosed through our Blooms The Chemist overnight sleep apnoea test and managed by our team of sleep specialists in-store.
How can Blooms The Chemist help?
It’s time to Wake Up Australia! and face the facts of sleep apnoea; if it hasn’t sunk in yet 80% of sleep apnoea cases are undiagnosed.
If you know someone who needs to check in on their sleep health or you want to check in on your own sleep health, join Australia’s Biggest Wake Up Call and take our free online sleep quiz.
In minutes you’ll be able to understand your sleep habits and determine your risk for sleep apnoea. If you’re considered at risk, you’ll be advised on what actions you can take.
If you’re ever in doubt, every Blooms The Chemist Pharmacist is a medically qualified health professional. We offer our customers authentic and trusted modern sleep health services across our network of local community pharmacies as well as online.