Mobile addiction causing sleep woes
With more than half of the world’s mobile subscribers living in APAC, it is unsurprising that most APAC adults (83%) who were surveyed use their phones in bed, despite experts’ recommendations not to do so.
Half of APAC respondents (49%) say the last thing they do before falling asleep is looking at their phone, higher than 39% of global adults surveyed, and 46% of APAC adults look at their phone as soon as they wake up in the morning (vs 39% of global adults). Around 15% even respond to texts and calls that wake them up through the night, preventing them from getting uninterrupted rest.
Hurdles in seeking treatment or diagnosis
Philips’ global sleep survey found that the fear of the unknown is a limiting factor for people getting diagnosed for sleep conditions, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Over a quarter (29%) of adults in APAC believe they might be at risk of OSA, yet 26% are afraid to take a sleep test because they do not want to know if they have OSA.
As a seldom-discussed, under-diagnosed condition, OSA is characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing throughout the sleep cycle, preventing oxygen from reaching the lungs. Symptoms of OSA include choking or gasping for air during sleep, loud and persistent snoring and excessive daytime fatigue, and poor concentration during the day.
“Although it’s positive that people now see the importance of sleep for overall health, it’s still troubling that many are unable to get a restful night of sleep and not wanting to know that they suffer from OSA,” said Ashwin Chari, country manager, Philips Philippines Inc. “If left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious short and long-term health risks including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure. We would strongly urge people to get themselves diagnosed and be treated.”