Snoring to your heart's content

If you’re having trouble getting a good night’s sleep then take care because it can greatly affect the health of your heart. So many recent medical studies from all around the world have underlined this fact for us so there is no doubt about it.

I’m not talking about the problem of insomnia – which is a totally separate issue – but about seriously heavy snoring or even sleep apnoea, a disorder that is clearly characterised by pauses in breathing during the night’s sleep. This can cause blood pressure to increase significantly and is primarily caused by abnormalities in the respiratory tract that affect airflow when sleeping.

Interestingly, it is not those with sleep apnoea that consult their GP but usually it’s the person who sleeps next to them, or even worse, someone who cannot sleep next to them, due to the heavy snoring or sudden pauses in breathing.

It’s usually the latter alarming event that brings about the rush to see a doctor.

One of the signs of really disturbed sleep is feeling tired during the day despite believing that you’ve had a long night’s rest. If you feel sleepy for no reason, check with the person who sleeps next to you or your doctor, just to make sure because in the long run, lack of sleep can cause chronic oxygen shortage, and the body will release substances that trigger the nervous system and essentially tell the blood vessels to tighten up, causing high blood pressure.

Apart from that it can damage the inner lining of blood vessel walls, interfering with the substance that causes the blood vessels to dilate, which in turn affects the blood pressure and heart function and leads to heart failure. Even worse, the heart can stop beating altogether if the person leaves the condition untreated long enough to develop a weakened heart muscle or heart failure.

Simply put, those with heavy snoring problems or sleep apnoea have a greater chance of having high blood pressure, heart disease and a stroke.

So if snoring is the cause of your high blood pressure, treating it will help bring your blood pressure level back to normal – or at least make it easier to control. In mild cases, losing weight can help a great deal, and it also lowers the chance of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Changing sleeping positions can also make a difference.

Avoiding alcoholic drinks, sleeping pills and smoking are also very important to the treatment and if the condition doesn’t improve, consult a doctor, because there can be many reasons for the problem of sleeplessness or snoring.

To determine the real cause, careful examination is needed. It is best to start treatment early before sleep apnoea has permanently damaged your health. If you sleep next to someone who snores, listen to the sound of his or her snoring and encourage them to do something about it before it becomes serious.

For heavy snorers, one of the simplest ways to ensure that breathing remains normal during the night is by the use of a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) or Snoring Mouthpiece. They are easy to obtain, inexpensive, efficient and of course NHS Approved. Simply wear it at night and that long elusive good night’s sleep is yours again – and also your partner’s.

By John Redfern

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Snoring and the Olympics

There is no doubt that the recent Olympics have been a great showcase for Great Britain and they also served to highlight the value of fitness and good health to all of us whatever our age may be.

And didn’t we do well in every way…Team GB and LOCOG are to be congratulated for a truly magnificent Olympian effort.

It received worldwide coverage of course and some very interesting stories emerged as a result of that including the comments by a previous Olympic heroine, now a Team GB Mentor, the one and only Dame Kelly Holmes who stated categorically that she had no patience with ‘snort merchants’.

“It winds me up so much,” declared the double gold medallist. She wasn’t even talking about partners in bed. So profound is her hatred of the habit that, in the past, she has woken up “countless” snorers on planes when she is travelling. “Now, I’ll either knock past someone deliberately, or tell the hostess to wake them otherwise I’m going to smother them,” she added.

Another wonderful story or two emerged during the Olympics from one of my favourite columnists in the British National Press, Leo McKinstry, a regular writer for many of our better quality publications who confessed to the following.

“To give you an indication of how loud my snoring is, I was chatting to a neighbour the other day and he mentioned, to my embarrassment, that he could actually hear me from his garden early in the morning – even though I sleep on the third floor of our house”.

In his defence he said that he came from from a family of heavy snorers and that some of his male relatives could have competed for Team GB if snoring were an Olympic sport.

Even in his youth, he could easily wreck the peace of the night. On one occasion, he went to a student party at a friend’s house in Brighton and, once the drink had run out, a large group of them bedded down in sleeping bags on the floor of an upper room.

The next morning, he woke up on the floor of the kitchen, still in his sleeping bag. When he asked his friend how on earth he had got there, he told him that the other partygoers were so fed up with his snoring that they lifted him up and put him downstairs and he had slept through the whole thing.

There are many claimed solutions to the problem of snoring – even surgery. One could take the ultimate step by having an operation on the nose, just as the Labour leader Ed Miliband did last year. But there is always a small risk with invasive surgery, and, besides, I gather the success rate is not that high. Indeed, judging by the way he still speaks, the operation on Red Ed’s nasal passage hardly seems to have worked at all.

So the Olympics may be over – but the problem of snoring goes on. Take expert advice if you are a sufferer and consult your Doctor or Dentist. The NHS has simple approved methods to help that can remove the problem for many with little effort and minimal expense – and the relief is instant – a simple mouthpiece that is easy to wear at night and helps to keep the airways open.

You’ll breathe better – minimise your snoring or even eradicate it totally – sleep well – and your bedfellow too will breathe a sigh of relief.

You will have achieved a real Gold Medal result.

By John Redfern

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Snoring isn't sexy… and that's a Dentist's opinion!

It would seem perfectly normal to get our Dentist’s opinion on snoring but usually we make it a matter for our Doctor, Health Centre or specialist NHS Sleep clinic. In addition, I’m always reminding you all to make sure to keep your GP informed of the situation.

So, for a change, we’re going to talk about Dentists and the role they play. And once again other countries sadly seem to be leading the way in terms of giving good advice.

Recently a seminar was arranged in the United States by a typical Family Dentist and attended by over 60 people from the State in which she worked. The content was designed to be educational and was part of a very thorough outreach programme that was initiated to introduce the general public to the role that dentists play in the recognition and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea or OSN.

The primary medical treatment for OSA is a device known as CPAP (Continuous Positive Air pressure) that supports the airway during sleep with pressurized air supplied through a tube from the CPAP machine to a nasal or facial mask.

This treatment with CPAP is 100% effective but is often very poorly tolerated by the patient. For those patients who cannot tolerate CPAP and for mild and moderate cases of OSA, specially educated dentists recommend a custom oral device that supports the lower jaw in a forward position. This appliance splints the airway during sleep preventing collapse during sleep. The treatment process is known as oral appliance therapy (OAT). The appliance, readily available here, is called a Mandibular Adjustment Device (MAD) – or in simple terms a Splint, or Mouthpiece.

Judging from the extensive discussion period that followed the seminar, many of the people present in the audience had been struggling with adhering to the CPAP regime prescribed by their General Practitioner.

Many of them complained that the CPAP provider never followed it up nad just left them to it – sink or swim – or should it be snore.. Most audience members had not had a sleep test with the CPAP unit in place to verify that their problem was being adequately controlled and consequently many of them have completely given up on their treatment.

When asked several times why their GP had never recommended the use of a mouthpiece for oral appliance therapy as an option it was explained that many physicians are not familiar with oral appliance therapy despite the fact that it is now a well-documented treatment for OSA. They are constantly trying to keep updated on so many things that affect illnesses that Snoring is relegated to the bottom of the Interest League.

This is despite the fact that Snoring and Sleep Apnoea are constantly linked with a rising incidence of serious and even life-threatening illnesses.

Around 20% of the population are estimated to get less than five hours of sleep a night, and those with OSA report snoring, morning headaches, daytime fatigue and irritability, high blood pressure and many other things as being common.

Fortunately, through these programmes mentioned earlier, Dentists are improving their focus on how to treat patients for both Sleep Apnoea and Snoring – and they’re doing it the sensible way – Oral appliance Theory.

Quick, inexpensive, effective…and possibly a life saver.

MAD – no simply sensible.

By John Redfern

Snoring Problems and some of the Devices to help you

Snoring to some people might seem like a trivial problem or even a bit of a joke. However, if you consider the potential for damage that it can bring to both your personal and professional relationships and the major risks it has been proved to pose to your health and ultimately to your life, you might not think it is quite so trivial a matter after all.

Once you have finally recognized and accepted that you have a serious snoring problem, you should automatically seek medical help. Consult your General Practitioner who will help you to figure out the exact cause of your snoring problem. That is the only way you can come up with an effective solution to get to the root of this widespread condition.  Upon accurate medical identification of the actual cause, you can then start evaluating your real options on how to find cures for snoring – and these can be right ones – that keep your health intact.

There are a number of health and surgical treatments and major procedures that are designed to help you stop snoring. Often, as with CPAC, they will employ the use of pressure machines, items of dental equipment and other tools, and some recommendations will even go as far as undergoing implants and surgery on either the tonsils and adenoid – or both.

But these are extremes. Before any of this is considered however, you should look into the other alternative snoring cures. They just might be as effective without costing you a lot of money or exposing you to the risk of future complications brought about by various side effects from drugs and medication.

If you start to look around you will find that there are plenty of stop snoring aids and anti-snoring devices available.  The Internet ‘Shops’ are full of them but be careful of your choice. For supposed ‘quick snore relief’ you’ll be recommended to use nasal sprays, sinus rinses or nasal strips, a wide range of oral hygiene products and even anti-snoring rings which are somehow related to acupuncture. The list is endless and ever expanding – but perhaps ‘Not what the Doctor ordered’.

Some routes are medically approved and endorsed by the medical and dental profession and these products have been extensively researched and tested.

And there are other cheap ways too using chin straps that fit over the head and these will ensure that your head and neck are positioned rightly so, letting oxygen move through freely through your air passages, thus preventing snoring.

The most widely recommended products that are both inexpensive and simple to use are the dental mouthpieces. Regularly recommended by the NHS they are less obvious and intrusive and certainly not a ‘passion killer’ as some of the other items may be. This type of MAD – Mandibular Advancement Device – repositions the jaw and tongue and improves your breathing and the passage of air significantly.

Forget Surgery!

For anyone to cure their snoring problem, a certain level of commitment and dedication is required so make sure you stick to your recommended product – and make sure that you keep your doctor or dentist in touch.

By John Redfern

Stop Snoring with a Didgeridoo

In my Internet travels I have found some remarkable and unusual suggestions to help either reduce or overcome the worldwide problem of snoring but the following suggestion from a regularly published online magazine is certainly real ground-breaking stuff.

Snoring is a worldwide problem at acute levels and can lead to serious health issues if the proper and recommended steps aren’t taken to reduce it. These subsequent extracts from the well-known Website for Health and Fitness will provide you with some suggestions to control and reduce heavy snoring.

Firstly, and really important they suggest you learn to play an instrument – the Aboriginal Didgeridoo – and I have to quote them fully to do it justice:

Look at teaching yourself to play the musical instrument of choice for the Aussie Aborigines, the Didgeridoo. This instrument is actually a long, open up-ended hose and may give real assistance in your struggle from heavy snoring. One particular musical ‘stop’ that is required on the didgeridoo is from a special position of the mouth – just by pushing your jaw forward. Flex the muscle tissue of your throat and blow hard using your pursed mouth to ensure they are swiftly vibrated and you’ll find that this can tone the key tissues in the throat and subsequently cut down your snoring.”

Well, in my opinion, it will do very little for the World snoring problems – but it’s sure to work wonders for the sale of Aboriginal artifacts and instruments. If demand rockets I can see whole factories opening – maybe copies being produced in the Far East too.

The website goes on to support this resounding theory with some other very important and interesting recommendations that I’ll list below.


  • Remove all the emotional and physical stress from your day, as any anxiety will intensify your level of snoring. Make sure you try to have relaxing evenings with no worries and cares and this will improve your rest and reduce your snoring.
  • Work out regularly because your throat muscles will also develop along with your biceps and triceps and that will certainly help to stop them vibrating
  • Place three or four droplets of clarified butter into each nostril – morning and night
  • Don’t have anything remotely dairy-based before bedtime – including drinks – that should finish off a few well known beverages that I can think of
  • Use a warm air humidifier through the night or fill the room with steam vapour from the hot shower before you retire
  • Finish the whole package off with some decorative nasal strips to help air flow


Well it’s quite a package of treatment to undertake and I’m not at all sure what the reaction of your GP or the NHS would be. I can only guess. I certainly can’t see Clarified Butter going on Prescription somehow.

But one thing they say is correct – the change of jaw position will reduce snoring.

Your Doctor or NHS Sleep Centre will recommend this to you but not with the use of a Didgeridoo – simply by asking you to acquire a Dental Mouthpiece or MAD, a Mandibular Adjustment Device – inexpensive, simple to use, and works efficiently and quickly.

This would be the best solution, as we’ve always known – particularly as the Didgeridoo would probably significantly upset your neighbours.

By John Redfern

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Some recommended ways to stop Snoring.

Millions of men and women of all ages are afflicted with some sort of snoring problem to a greater or lesser degree. Whether you are the one who snores, or the one who has to listen to it, it is major problem for anyone to deal with.

Someone who snores not only suffers from very disturbed and restless sleep, he or she can disrupt the sleep patterns of the other people living with them too. Any sufferer needs to find ways to reduce or eliminate the snoring that prevents you and your loved ones from getting an adequate amount of sleep. Snoring has been known to end many a marriage in the past! So read on whether you are the snorer yourself or you currently live with one.

The first step to resolving your snoring problem is to uncover its underlying cause. There are a number of conditions that only cause harm in the form of lack of sleep, while others can actually be quite serious. Not treating your cause of snoring can cause it to become a bigger problem – even deadly.

Here are a few tips that are tried and tested and may well help you in your fight to lessen the risk of snoring.

Changing your sleeping position can reduce or end snoring. Usually, snoring occurs in a person who is sleeping on their back. When you are sleeping on your back the muscles in your throat relax but this is a situation that can be prevented by lying on your side to sleep. Doing so provides peaceful, uninterrupted and more restful sleep. It may only be a part or temporary solution but may be a help,

To lessen the risk of snoring, try not to eat or to consume alcohol for three hours prior to bedtime. Both heavy meals and alcohol can relax your throat muscles. The more relaxed your muscles are, the more likely they are to collapse and cause your airway to be restricted, which leads to snoring.

People who are constantly congested because of allergies are a lot more likely to experience snoring while they sleep. Congested sinuses restrict airflow through the nasal passages, which makes you snore. In order to avoid snoring and sleep peacefully, try taking a mild decongestant before you go to bed

Another way to help stop yourself snoring and give some relief, is by using a couple of pillows and propping yourself up into a sitting position while sleeping. This allows nasal drainage to flow into the lungs, instead of building up in nasal passages.

As you have realised it’s all about the throat as far as these tips are concerned. What you consume could affect how much you snore. Alcohol and sedatives can cause you to snore more when taken regularly. It is best to consume them in moderation. They cut down on activity in your nervous system, which relaxes the body so much that your throat muscles do not function properly.

If you snore heavily, you should avoid drinking alcohol at all. Additionally, you should stay away from all types of sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and certain antihistamines at night. Such drugs are muscle relaxers. While they have their uses, they also tend to affect your breathing passages, and make snoring more likely and severe. As stated earlier, snoring affects the lives of a multitude of people. Someone who snores not only suffers from disturbed and restless sleep, he or she can disrupt the sleep patterns of the other people living with them, too. Find ways to reduce or eliminate the snoring that prevents you and your loved ones from getting an adequate amount of sleep.

For real permanent relief that’s instant, convenient and low cost ask your doctor or dentist about mandibular advancement devices or MAD’s. These mouthpieces or oral devices are positioned in your mouth snugly against your upper teeth and lower teeth. The appliance positions your jaw slightly forward, which can help you stop snoring – permanently.

Many people who snore don’t consider how it impacts their relationship with their ‘significant other’. Snoring can cause a strain on your relationships and frustrate sleeping partners.

Make sure that you always seek professional help from a doctor or a dentist for a solution that can cure snoring for the long-term.

By John Redfern