27 Jan Top snoring and sleep apnoea myths
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Sleep is important for your health and well-being. Sleep apnoea is a serious medical condition, with 80% of sleep apnoea cases undiagnosed.1 Here are some misconceptions about snoring and sleep apnoea.
Myth #1 Snoring is harmless
Snoring could be a warning sign that you may have sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea is where your throat is partly or completely blocked, causing you to stop breathing multiple times during the night. Often, the sufferer is unaware of it happening during the sleep. Untreated sleep apnoea can lead to an increased rate of stroke, depression, dementia, heart disease and motor accidents.2
Myth #2 Sleep apnoea only affects men
Women tend to be underdiagnosed with sleep apnoea as they may experience symptoms differently to men.3 Whilst sleep apnoea has been commonly linked to men snoring heavily, a recent study has shown that sleep apnoea occurs in 50% of females aged 20–70 years.4
Myth #3 Sleep apnoea only happens to overweight people
People of all sizes and ages can experience sleep apnoea. Obesity is often a high-risk factor for sleep apnoea, however other factors may include age, type 2 diabetes and hypertension.5
Check your risk of sleep apnoea
Before you rule out the possibility of sleep apnoea for yourself or your partner, check your risk of sleep apnoea. It’s important to seek diagnosis and treatment.
SleepCheck is a clinically validated health app that listens to your snoring and breathing sounds overnight to determine your risk of sleep apnoea. It is as simple as:
1. Download the SleepCheck app (Available on iPhone & Samsung phones for 4.99 GBP or $7.99 AUD)
2. Go to sleep with SleepCheck
3. Wake up to your results
Learn more about the SleepCheck app by visiting SleepCheckapp.com
1. Won L, et al. Epidemiology of OSA: a Population-based Perspective. Expert Rev Respir Med 2008; 2(3):349–364
2. Kerner NA et al. EOSA is Linked to Depression and Cognitive Impairment: Evidence and Potential Mechanisms. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2016 Jun; 24(6) 496-508
3. Lin CM, et al. Gender Differences in OSA and Treatment Implications. Sleep Med Rev 2008; 12(6): 41-486
4. Franklin AK, et al. Sleep apnoea is a common occurrence in females. Eur Respir J 2013;41: 610-615;
5. Sleep Health Foundation. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Accessed 30/9/2020
Disclaimer: Always read and follow the Instructions for Use. SleepCheck is CE marked and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved for the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) as a Class I medical device. For use on adults aged 18 years and above. This test is not intended to provide a diagnosis, or be used in the prevention, management, treatment or alleviation of any medical condition disease or injury and is not intended as a substitute for a sleep study. This test does not identify risk of central sleep apnoea. Please always consult with a registered healthcare professional.