Sleep is an essential need and something we often take for granted. But when sleep goes wrong, the community pharmacist is often the first healthcare professional consulted.

Sleep-trained pharmacists can help you by:

  • screening, recognising and directing (signposting) you to appropriate care
  • addressing the underlying causes e.g. weight management, alcohol and smoking cessation

Below is a clip from a radio interview with our CEO, Adrian Zacher. Broadcast 15th July 2021 on JackFM. Adrian explains the role of the sleep-trained pharmacist and sleep loss consequences.

In the short video below Adrian explains further about the developing role of the sleep-trained pharmacist.

The simple quiz below checks if you show sleep apnoea symptoms. In which case, we suggest you urgently consult a sleep-trained pharmacist or your GP.

Q1: Are you Male or Female?

Q2: I’ve been told that I snore

Q3: I’ve been told that I stop breathing while I sleep, although I don’t remember this when I wake up

Q4: I have high blood pressure

Q5: My friends and family say they have noticed changes in my personality

Q6: I am gaining weight

Q7: I sweat excessively during the night

Q8: I have noticed my heart pounding or beating irregularly during the night

Q9: I get morning headaches

Q10: I have trouble sleeping when I have a cold

Q11: I suddenly wake up gasping for breath during the night

Q12: I am overweight

Q13: I seem to be losing my sex drive

Q14: I feel sleepy during the day even though I have slept through the night

Calculating your score..

Your Score:

Your snoring test result indicates you should consult a sleep-trained pharmacist or your GP to be:

  • Screened for sleep apnoea (OSA)
  • Signposted to the most appropriate treatment for you (with a review of your medical history)
  • Get help addressing the underlying reasons why you snore

If you scored 7 or more you show symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), a life-threatening disorder that causes you to stop breathing repeatedly – often several hundred times per night – during your sleep.

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Below is an infographic providing some accessible help re insomnia which has impacted many more during the pandemic.

Endorsed by the British Sleep Society and European Sleep Research Society.

Here’s our infographic about sleep and the pharmacist.