Is Snoring Dangerous?

Many people in the UK have to cope with the noisy and heavy snoring of either themselves or their family members. In addition to it being deafening and impacting upon your sleep, it could be very dangerous to your health and you should take action to stop it immediately or at least minimise the problem as soon as you possibly can.

Snoring is highly distressing to others and really heavy snoring can be a clear symptom of Sleep Apnoea, a condition that is potentially dangerous and even life threatening on certain occasions. Medical help should be sought out to check if this is your particular affliction. How will you know – surely it’s just simple snoring – always a bit of a music hall joke? Not really.

Some of the more obvious symptoms of heavy snoring are listed here:

  • Weight Gain
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Attention Deficit
  • Poor Memory
  • Lower Sex Drive
  • Hypertension
  • More time off work sick
  • Poor Job Performance
  • Heart Disease Symptoms
  • A series of near accidents in the home, when at work or driving your car

All these things result from regular disturbed nights with poor sleep and rest. Your partner may notice the problem more than you do so make sure to listen to what they say without any resultant irritable reaction.

Some of the more serious consequences of very heavy snoring or Sleep Apnoea, all thoroughly researched and proved, include the following:

  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia – irregular heart beat
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Stroke

Additionally if snoring occurs in children it can produce some quite serious behavioural problems and this has been recently verified in research as have all the major medical problems that are listed above. So it’s really very straightforward. Get professional help and ignore snoring at your peril. Literally. Consult your GP as soon as possible if you’re concerned about anything that bears any resemblance to the list of symptoms.

Lessening the problem, even completely eradicating may not be as difficult or worrying as you think. No dangerous surgery, no oxygen supplies to be piped throughout the night. no alluring adhesive strips stuck on your face, and no obvious signs.

Simply, it’s a mouthpiece that is similar to a gum-shield and it slightly adjusts the angle of your jaw and by doing so opens the passage in your throat to assist your breathing. Result – snoring eliminated.

Low cost, easily available, highly efficient and recommended by Dentists throughout the world and also by GP’s here in the UK as well as the National Health Service. Not only will it safeguard your health but it will please your partner too – even the whole family – and you’ll start to really enjoy life more again after a regular good night’s sleep.

It’s probably the best investment you could ever make – particularly as companies such as Sleeppro will refund your money if you’re not perfectly satisfied with the results achieved inside 28 days. That’s a real sign of total product confidence and is based on years of experience manufacturing their products to high standards right here in the UK.

The mouthpiece is easy to use, will not cause discomfort, and is proven to help stop snoring in many people who have problems with soft tissue in their throat collapsing and obstructing the airway.

Not only that, as well as the Standard version, they can custom make one for perfect fit at a price that will amaze you.

Don’t’ wait – it’s easy. Look after your Health and Stop Snoring now.

By John Redfern

HOT NEWS! How wearing Stockings can apparently stop you Snoring

Snoring as a subject is always highly popular in the British Press as it is such a very widespread problem, affecting nearly half of the UK population, and therefore sure to attract the eye and be a popular read. Sadly, it is often treated too lightly. Our dear friends at The Daily Mail have been true to form.

The Mail has an eye-catching headline that they’ve used with some interesting support photography using famous imagery from The Graduate where Dustin Hoffman has his first encounter with Mrs Robinson –and ‘long legs in stockings are very much on show to the sound of Simon and Garfunkel.

Following all this however, and having captured their audience, is a serious and informative article.

Wearing tight stockings during the day may be a new way to tackle snoring at night. We already have Compression stockings being widely used to treat varicose veins and prevent blood clots in the legs after surgery and also during long-haul flights. They are now being given to people with sleep apnoea, a major cause of snoring, and recommended to others.

Heavy snoring, and Sleep apnoea in particular causes a short pause in breathing before the brain prompts the muscles to reopen the airway once again. It happens because the soft tissue in the throat collapses in the night and blocks the passage of air repeatedly.

The idea is that the knee-length stockings will help stop this happening because their role is to tackle fluid build-up in the body. Although only a small study of 12 patients was used it has created a lot of interest because it has shown that the stockings reduce symptoms by about a third.

Snoring of course is a massive problem throughout the UK, and the world, and we now know that Sleep Apnoea affects as many as one in 25 of the UK population.

The two can also be highly dangerous to your health and lots of recent research has proved that they increase the risk significantly for heart failure, stroke and diabetes. We tend to think of snoring as something amusing and not to take the problem too seriously until it is perhaps too late.

If you’re a sufferer, or a bedfellow then a Music Hall Joke is certainly what it’s not.

Unless caught in time and controlled, the main treatment for this degree of heavy snoring or sleep apnoea is a type of mask that is called a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device and this mask delivers a supply of compressed air during sleep to prevent the airway closing. While these devices can be quite effective, they are not popular with those who snore. Most people find them very uncomfortable to wear, and it is estimated that around 46 per cent of people given them do not continue to use them.

The stockings prevent tissue fluid building up in the legs during the day and then pump it back up the body – certainly those with normal circulation. Experts believe an accumulation of this fluid can flow back towards the head when the patient lies down at night. And the wearing of the stockings will help this problem for snorers in a similar way. Time and research will tell us more.

However the tried and tested NHS and Dentally recommended route still prevails and the MAD stop snoring device or mouthpiece brings fast results without all the other problems we hear about. So make sure to keep your GP or Dentist informed and take advice.

Take a look at our YouTube video for more info

By John Redfern

Heavy snorers 'face double the risk' of rheumatoid arthritis

As well as the recent well-published links to a higher incidence of Cancer and also Diabetes, Heavy snorers or sufferers from Sleep apnoea have now been linked to a significant increase in the risk of auto-immune disorders, where the body attacks healthy tissues

A new study now shows that heavy snoring almost doubles the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Researchers found that patients diagnosed with the snoring-related condition sleep apnoea were nearly twice as likely to suffer the joint-damaging disease.

The discovery, which comes from research carried out in the Far East, is something of a surprise, as rheumatoid arthritis. which affects around 350,000 people in the UK, is thought only to be triggered when something goes actually goes fundamentally wrong with the immune system.

At risk are an estimated three million people in Britain alone who suffer with sleep apnoea, though many, many more may remain undiagnosed.

The same study found a similar increase in the risk of other so-called auto-immune disorders, where the body’s defences start to attack healthy tissues. Scientists said they believe the explanation lies in the fact that chronic sleep apnoea can lead to inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body, which may act as a catalyst for arthritis.

Although previous studies have suggested sleep apnoea may raise the risk of heart attacks, the latest investigation is the first to show a link with arthritis. An estimated three million people in Britain suffer with sleep apnoea, though many more may remain undiagnosed.

As far as beating arthritis is concerned – it is all in the head. Pain of joint condition can be erased through counselling.

How Sleep apnoea occurs

As sleep begins, the muscles in the airway tend to relax. For most people this does not pose a problem but in sleep apnoea, it leads to a complete collapse that shuts off breathing for at least ten seconds.

It also disrupts breathing and triggers the sound of snoring as air vibrates against the soft tissue that stands in its way.

Once the brain realises breathing has stopped it sends out a signal for the airway muscles to contract again which opens the airway and the sufferer normally wakes with a jolt. In mild sleep apnoea, this can happen about once every ten minutes. If it’s severe, it means sleep can be disturbed every couple of minutes.

Very few people remember waking up at all because they fall asleep again within seconds. Yet the cumulative effect is that they feel exhausted during the day, putting them at increased risk of accidents.

In this latest study, by experts at a specialist Medical University, 1,411 sleep apnoea patients were compared to a 7,000-strong group of healthy adults.

Over a five-year period, researchers monitored how many in each group went on to develop rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis and other associated conditions – all conditions where the immune system goes haywire and causes swollen, painful joints and flu-like symptoms.

These results have recently been published in the journal Sleep Medicine, and show the snoring-affected group were 91 per cent more likely to develop one of the three conditions. However, the researchers stressed that the absolute risk of falling ill was still small. Out of the snoring patients, only 2.91 percent experienced arthritis-related problems.

In a report on their findings the researchers said: ‘This study is the first to investigate the association between sleep apnoea and the development of auto-immune diseases. This may have gone unnoticed in clinical settings because these cases are relatively rare and may not be reported.

‘But the potential link between these two conditions should not be overlooked. Among the diseases we studied, rheumatoid arthritis had the highest risk of developing in sleep apnoea patients.’

As well as inflamed and swollen joints, arthritis sufferers also experience flu-like symptoms. In very severe cases, they can end up crippled and unable to live a full life. But diagnosing the condition can be difficult as the early signs can be as innocuous as a slight stiffness in hand joints, often early in the morning.

Believe it or not, the best person to treat your snoring and sleep apnoea is your dentist. There are several effective treatments that can open up your airway while you sleep so as to eliminate snoring and correct issues associated with sleep apnoea. But the first step in your treatment is a proper diagnosis of your condition, which often requires participation in a sleep study.

From that point you’ll find that the most common treatments for snoring and sleep apnoea is Oral appliance therapy – Custom-fit devices to be worn at night that prevent airway obstruction and allow you to breathe easily while you sleep -otherwise referred to as MAD’s, Splints or mouthpieces.

By John Redfern

Stop Snoring and Share a bed again – It's Healthy

Recently published medical studies underline the fact that there are powerful benefits to be gained from sleeping together. Couples that sleep together gain more than shut-eye. So if snoring has come between you and your partner – literally – then now is the time to do something about it.

Does your partner snore loudly or pull the covers off you at night? Does he have nightmares or grind his teeth? Regardless of your partner’s sometimes annoying bedtime behaviour, the truth is that sleeping with your spouse can actually have powerful and positive effects on your relationship.

According to a study from the University of Pittsburgh, couples that sleep together will probably experience better health. The researchers found that couples that sleep together were less likely to awaken during the night and more likely to sleep soundly, and that co-sleeping could actually help to lessen the level of the stress hormone cortisol.

Cortisol is behind feelings of anxiety or stress that can lead to major health problems down the road, and not only does sleeping together help to decrease it, but Assistant Professor and study author Wendy M. Troxel also believes it could help increase oxytocin. Oxytocin is a “bonding” hormone that helps to create feelings of love and intimacy between couples, and it plays an important role in our relationships and our sex lives.

However, sharing a bed isn’t always easy. Many couples want to sleep together but because it’s disruptive they give up and retreat to separate beds. If you choose to do that, not only does this mean that you won’t reap the amazing benefits of co-sleeping, but it also means that you will lessen your chances of intimacy. You might find that your sex life suffers and your emotional connection weakens, as you no longer have as many opportunities for sexual interaction or pillow talk, all of which can help to organically create those feelings of bonding and intimacy.  So take control of that snoring problem now.

If this sounds familiar, here are some easy ways to help create better rest for both you and your partner:

  • Try to get on the same sleep schedule. If he’s a night owl and you’re out like a light by 10 p.m., it can be hard to find middle ground. Try to find a way to compromise: Maybe you can stay up an hour later and he can come to bed an hour earlier, or maybe he can read in bed (the new e-readers are a great way for late-night bookworms to read without disrupting their partner) while you hit the hay. The compromise won’t be easy at first, but once you start reaping the benefits of increased intimacy, you might find the adjustment worth it.
  • Talk to a doctor about snoring. Is snoring the main issue behind your lack of sleep? It could indicate a health problem.  Some doctors recommend taking an antihistamine before bed to help clear the passageways and promote quieter sleep, but there could be any number of factors behind snoring (including excess weight), so be sure to talk to a doctor and ask for sleeping solutions — whether it’s you or your mate who’s the culprit. Mouthpieces are an easy and quick solution and are widely recommended by the NHS.
  • Tackle temperature troubles. If you can’t agree on temperature or the number of blankets that work for you, find unique ways to compromise. Maybe you can sleep under the bedspread while he sleeps on top of it with a light blanket, or maybe you can bundle up in warmer place while he goes in the buff.

It’s all about what works for you and your relationship. Snoring is the biggest factor in the ‘separate bedroom’ situation but today it is easily resolved. Use an Anti-snoring mouthpiece. It can resolve more than a snoring problem.

These mouthpieces are also referred to as Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD’s) and can prove to be just as effective as surgery at reducing snoring.

By John Redfern