Why the whole world is talking about sleep

Today (15 March 2019) is World Sleep Day, where experts unite to acknowledge and celebrate the critical role of sleep in maintaining health and wellbeing.

Sleep has long been referred to as nature’s medicine. While we sleep, vital functions occur in our bodies; tissues grow and repair, hormones regulate, blood pressure drops and muscles relax. Good sleep supports a healthy immune system and helps the body to fight off infection and illness.[1]

And yet, in our modern world this vital human need is often compromised and undervalued. Artificial lighting and the advent of social media have contributed to a 24-hour society that never sleeps. And attitudes towards sleep aren’t helping: staying home and getting an early night is often referred to as ‘boring’, while time spent sleeping has historically been perceived as time wasted.

World Sleep Day aims to challenge such perceptions, while raising awareness of important sleep-related issues and conditions, including sleep apnoea.

The issue of sleep apnoea

If you have sleep apnoea, getting a solid eight hours of uninterrupted sleep may feel outside of your control. Well, you are not alone. An estimated 3.9 million people in the UK are thought to be affected by sleep apnoea, yet only 700,000 people diagnosed.[2] That equals 13% of men and 6% of women who routinely do not get enough good quality sleep to support optimal bodily functioning.

And the consequences are well documented. Sleep apnoea, which can cause people to wake suddenly up to 30 times an hour,[3] is associated with multiple negative health effects. It has been linked with high blood pressure and the development of serious conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke,[4],[5] as well as anxiety disorders and depression.[6]

However, with treatments such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), it is possible to reduce the negative effects of sleep apnoea and associated sleep deprivation.[7] Evidence suggests PAP can reduce risk of stroke by 49% and risk of a cardiovascular event by 46%.[8]

Despite PAP being the most effective and common treatment for sleep apnoea[9], it’s possible that many people are compromising their wellbeing by not following advice to regularly clean equipment.

Why you need a clean machine

Without regular sanitisation, your PAP mask, hose and reservoir can become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.[10]  What’s more, dirty PAP machines have been linked to nasal passage irritation and respiratory infections, including bronchitis and pneumonia.[11] As well as posing serious health risks, irritated sinuses and a foul odour generated from dirty PAP equipment are both factors likely to prevent sound sleep.

A recent survey revealed that more than a quarter of people using PAP machines do not clean them regularly,[12] and lack of awareness along with lack of time are likely explanations for this. But there are devices that make daily cleaning of your entire PAP machine an effortless and routine process.

Introducing SoClean PAP sanitising device

Looking for a faster, easier and more effective way to keep your PAP machine clean?

SoClean is the world’s first automated PAP cleaner and sanitiser, effectively killing 99.9% of germs and bacteria hiding in your PAP mask, hose and reservoir.[13] Without using water or harsh chemicals, and with no need to disassemble your PAP equipment, So Clean offers stress-free cleaning and the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are protected against the risk of infection when you put your mask on each night.

Be inspired by World Sleep Day and take responsibility for ensuring you sleep as well as you can.








[1] National Sleep Foundation. Available from: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/what-happens-when-you-sleep, accessed March 2019

[3] ASA. OSA. Available from: https://www.sleepassociation.org/sleep-disorders/sleep-apnea/obstructive-sleep-apnea/

[4] NHS. Complications of OSA. Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/obstructive-sleep-apnoea/ (accessed Dec 2018)

[5] Davis AP, Billings ME, Longstreth WT, Khot SP. Early diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea after stroke: Are we neglecting a modifiable stroke risk factor?. Neurol Clin Pract. 2013;3(3):192-201.

[6] American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Sleep Apnoea - Overview & Facts. Available from: http://sleepeducation.org/essentials-in-sleep/sleep-apnoea

[7] American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Sleep Apnoea - Overview & Facts. Available from: http://sleepeducation.org/essentials-in-sleep/sleep-apnoea

[8] BLF OSA conference 2014. Available from: https://www.blf.org.uk/sites/default/files/BLF-OSA-conference-February-2014.pdf

(Accessed March 2019)

[9] Michelle T. Cao, Joshua M. Sternbach & C. Guilleminault (2017) Continuous positive airway pressure therapy in obstuctive sleep apnea: benefits and alternatives, Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine, 11:4, 259-272, DOI: 10.1080/17476348.2017.1305893

[10] Todea et al. Assessment of respiratory exposure risk due to continuous positive airway pressure ventilation in obstructive sleep apnoea. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317905221_Assessment_of_Respiratory_Exposure_Risk_Due_to_Continuous_Positive_Airway_Pressure_Ventilation_in_Obstructive_Sleep_Apnea (Accessed Jan 2018)

[11] Advance Healthcare Network. CPAP Therapy Means Higher Pneumonia Risk. 2014. Available from: http://respiratory-care-sleep-medicine.advanceweb.com/News/Daily-News-Watch/CPAP-Therapy-Means-Higher-Pneumonia-Risk.aspx (Accessed Jan 2018)

[12] Reference SoClean research

[13] SoClean Efficacy report April 2018.