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 2018 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. It is true that men are twice as likely to have sleep apnea than women. However, men are often diagnosed with sleep apnea almost 8 times more often than women.
The Sleep Apnea Awareness Day needs a committee of people to help create and promote this event. We need people who are motivated and interested in raising awareness. It will be organised predominately online so it doesn’t matter where you live in Australia if you have access to the internet and have something to offer you are more than welcome to join us. We will be putting educational information into awareness posters suitable to share online and to download and print out as well as perhaps a brochure. Therefore, people with all of the skills required to do that are required. What we achieve will depend on the number of people that want to get involved and their skill set. So please consider volunteering your time and skills to this worthwhile cause.
SDA is without a sleep apnea coordinator at the moment however 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.
Please check back here closer to the date for more information.