Sleep problems are on the rise thanks to COVID-19, stakeholders say
Alarming statistics about the physical and mental impact of poor sleep on the health of Australians are on the agenda this World Sleep Day (Friday 19 March, 2021), says Blooms The Chemist.
The banner group is aiming for a national Wakeup Call record to shine the spotlight on the dangers of leaving sleep issues such as sleep apnoea unchecked.
According to 2021 data from The Sleep Health Foundation, sleep issues are increasing following high levels of disruption to people’s lives brought on by the change in lifestyle patterns due to COVID-19.
The Foundation says that more than a third of Australian adults do not get enough quality sleep with the annual cost of inadequate sleep (2016-2017) estimated to be $66.3 billion.
Head of pharmacy at Blooms The Chemist, Eric Chan, said communities are increasingly feeling the impact of sleep conditions such as sleep apnoea which affects one in 10 Australians .
“This World Sleep Day Blooms The Chemist has launched Australia’s Biggest Wakeup Call challenge as part of our mission to help Australians wake up and learn more about the devastating health impacts from sleep apnoea, of which 80% are undiagnosed,” said Mr Chan.
“A lack of sleep may lead to many health issues, not least of all an influence on the potential risk of chronic health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, depression, reduced immunity and even heart disease.”
Blooms The Chemist is inviting Australians to take an online Sleep Quiz, said Emmanuel Vavoulas, pharmacist and Head of Retail at Blooms The Chemist.