While sleep and healthy air are pillars to overall health and wellbeing, there is not enough attention given to the quality of sleep and the air we breathe in.
Globally, it is estimated that more than 100 million people suffer from sleep disorders, 80% of whom remain undiagnosed1. Closer to home, 1 in 10 Singaporeans has a severe form of undiagnosed sleep disorder2. The challenges of diagnosing sleep disorders are two-fold. Firstly, individuals are unaware that they suffer from sleep disorders. Secondly, we do not have enough healthcare professionals trained in sleep medicine. To address the second challenge, Philips started to offer training courses at itsnew Sleep and Respiratory Education Center but there is little to no awareness about Philips efforts in addressing the gap in sleep medicine.
Harmful air pollutants from industrial activities, tobacco smoke as well as dust mites at home also threaten our respiratory health. According to the 2018 World Health Organisation's global ambient air quality database, Singapore's air quality is 80% over the recommended safety level and the air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand is double of the safety level3.While it is hard to escape air pollution at outdoor spaces, consumers can be empowered to improve the air in their indoor spaces.