Sex lives, health and work affected by poor sleep, snoring

Thursday, 21 November 2013

South Australians suffering from a bad night's sleep - including chronic snoring by them or their partners - are urged to attend a free public event in Adelaide next week (5.30pm Thursday 28 November).

The event is aimed at raising awareness of the seriousness of poor sleeping, especially the condition known as "sleep apnoea" - disrupted sleep involving poor or interrupted breathing.

Organised by the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health at the University of Adelaide, the event is targeting primarily men, but also their partners who often suffer the consequences of sharing a bed with a chronic snorer.

"A bad night's sleep can cause numerous health problems," says one of the key speakers at the event, sleep and breathing expert Professor Robert Adams, from the University's School of Medicine and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

"Disrupted sleep affects daytime alertness and energy, it can increase anxiety and depression, the risk of high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, and heart disease.

"Sleep apnoea is a common cause of disrupted sleep, and chronic snoring is a strong predictor of this condition. Many people suffer from sleep apnoea but they're often not aware they have it," Professor Adams says.

"Men in particular are affected by these health issues, but their partners are not immune because they can suffer, either as a result of their partners' loud snoring, bad moods, and associated problems with their sex life.

"We're hoping that many partners will encourage their men to find out more about the condition at our event, and help to improve the quality of their lives."

Other presenters include Michael Bowes from Sleep SA and Associate Professor Nick Antic from the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Repatriation General Hospital.

WHAT: Free public seminar: Sleep Apnoea - More Than Just a Bad Night's Sleep
WHERE: Freemasons Hall, 254 North Terrace, Adelaide
WHEN: 5.30pm to 7.00pm, Thursday 28 November 2013
COST: Free - but registration is essential: please register online at:


Contact Details

Professor Robert Adams
Director, The Health Observatory, Adelaide Medical School
The University of Adelaide and Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Business: 08 8222 7413
Mobile: +61 (0)408 836 338

Mr David Ellis
Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Relations
External Relations
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 5414
Mobile: +61 (0)421 612 762