Sleep Disorders Australia are proud to launch Australia’s first ever Sleep Apnea Awareness Day (SAAD). There has been a SAAD in the US since 2013. It is held on April 18 to commemorate one of the milestones in sleep apnea. In June 1980 Australian doctor, Colin Sullivan first tested the idea that positive pressure, applied just through the nasal airway, could stop obstructive apnea. A year later on 18th April 1981 his paper “Reversal of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea by Continuous Positive Airway Pressure applied through the nares” was published in The Lancet. By 1985 the treatment of sleep apnea took a great leap forward with the development of CPAP for home use. There is however so much more to sleep apnea than the CPAP machine, indeed Dr Marshall, a clinical trials epidemiologist at the Woolcock Institute for Medical Research, University of Sydney has said that at least half of all patients seen in sleep clinics are unable to tolerate CPAP or an oral appliance. We want the Australian Sleep Apnea Awareness Day to be an inclusive event that everyone with sleep apnea can feel represents them.

The first annual Australian Sleep Apnea Awareness Day will be held on 5th May 2019. Please join us and help raise awareness of this potentially life threatening sleep disorder.

The theme for the 2019 SAAD is ‘Education’

It is our goal to raise awareness of all aspects of sleep apnea, including how it impacts a sufferer’s life. We also aim to dispel the myths associated with sleep apnea. It is estimated that as many as 26% of adults aged 30-70 years have obstructive sleep apnea. Contrary to popular belief, sleep apnea patients come in all shapes and sizes, not all sleep apnea sufferers snore, many are not obese or even overweight, and not all of them are male.

Get involved!

Do you have sleep apnea?

We would love to hear your story! It doesn’t matter how long ago you were diagnosed, what age or gender you are, or even if your sleep apnea is treated or not. It helps others to hear stories that they can relate to, it also helps us understand what issues people with sleep apnea face.

With approx half of all people diagnosed with sleep apnea struggling with CPAP therapy it is important to us that people realise that treatment for sleep apnea is not as hard as it may seem and that the benefits far outweigh the risks of untreated sleep apnea. One of the best ways we can do that is with the help of those that have traveled the CPAP journey and have come out the other side and are now living well and enjoying life.

Please consider sharing your story to encourage other sufferers on their journey and to help raise awareness.

You can remain anonymous if you wish and if you need help putting your story together we are more than happy to assist.

You can send your stories or drafts for us to edit/help write to [email protected]

If you are interested in being involved with the SAAD please contact us via [email protected] and let us know what skills you have and how you think you can help.


Why not partner with us! Join us to help raise awareness of sleep apnea and in the process gain valuable exposure to your business. Contact Michelle at [email protected] for more details.

Please check back here closer to the date for posters and other information to share.