The more eagle-eyed of you may have spotted a new page that has recently gone up in the website’s campaigns section called ‘Take Action on OSA’.
This new page allows you to email your local representative (whether it is an MP, MSP, AM or MLA) informing them of the potential health problems obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) can present, as well as highlighting the comparatively low awareness of OSA there is, both among the general public as well as healthcare professionals. It also asks them to take appropriate action to draw attention to OSA in governments and parliaments across the UK.
Up to 4 per cent of middle-aged men and 2 per cent of middle-aged women in the UK have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) with symptoms. With awareness of OSA low among the general public and healthcare professionals, and up to 80 per cent of people with OSA remaining undiagnosed (and some studies suggest this could be even higher), there is a real need to take action on OSA.
Get your campaigning hats on and fill it out yourself, and tell friends, family and anyone else who might interested! (You can also share it on Facebook and Twitter)
You can find the online action here:
Remember you can also take the BLF’s online Epworth sleepiness test, to see if you may be at risk from OSA at blf.org.uk/sleep
Tell us on here if you've taken it!
The BLF Comms Team