The Best Ways To Cure Your Snoring

Managing snoring issues has become such an important thing that the number of snoring solutions in the market has rocketed in the past few years. Having the problem under control is the promised output of many of them. Whether the solution is a chinstrap, or mouthpiece, the common claim is that they will solve a snorer’s problem. There’s really just one way to find out – and that’s to try it.

Many devices will claim effectiveness and that they have the ability to stop snoring. What I would recommend is that you do your research before purchasing one. There are some devices that have benefited users with a decrease in the intensity and frequency of snoring, while there are others that have totally cured them.

None of these solutions – or combinations of solutions – are expensive and are very easily accessible. On top of this they work quickly, even instantly, and you could have solved one of the biggest problems of your life = either a s a medical problem or a social problem.

Dental mouthpieces such as those from SleepPro, or MAD’s – Mandibular Adjustment Devices – as they are often called, are fully endorsed and recommended by the NHS – and they also supply them on certain occasions.

An anti-snoring mouthpiece is designed to position the jaw while sleeping in such a way that the airways are kept open. Some people need to adapt to such a device first before they can be comfortable in using it. The fact that a mouthpiece should be worn all through the night makes the most popular ones the ones that are made from the most comfortable materials. Most people get used to it quite quickly and find that it really works for them.

SleepPro provide a range of MED’s to provide the perfect solution. They offer a Standard product which is a good way to test the product’s effect on your snoring – and then upgrade to either and SFA version – this is self adjustable – or a completely Custom version which will be made to fit your mouth perfectly and comfortably from a molded impression. The products are British made to the highest standards and use high grade materials to ensure the best in both comfort and fit.

Chinstraps essentially work the same way as the mouthpieces in that they position the jaw slightly forward in order to keep the airway more open. But the device cups the chin instead, and come with straps that are tied around the person’s head. If you can be comfortable with this kind of contraption, it can work for you – but many heavy snorers wear both for maximum effectiveness.

If you’re a heavy snorer then always take advice from your dentist or doctor and keep them informed if you are trying products to help you – their advice can be invaluable. Despite a great fit and a positive response, there are still sometimes side effects to using an anti-snoring device – so get the most comfortable solution you can – and you’ll find it can really work well for you.

By John Redfern

New Report: Half of women may have Sleep Apnoea

Sleep is a big topic these days. Turn on the TV or radio and you’ll probably hear someone discussing sleep medicine. There have been broadcast several conversations about sleep recently on topics ranging from surgical options to sleep-inducing drinks. And books are being written everyday on sleep topics, as well as ongoing articles in national magazines – particularly on the subject of snoring

For many years this has been regarded as strictly a male preserve but the emphasis has started to shift recently. In fact half of all the women given overnight sleep tests for a new study were found to have mild-to-severe sleep apnoea – a staggering percentage.

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a serious snoring disorder in which the sufferer stops breathing during sleep for at least 10 seconds. It’s generally associated with men, but researchers in Sweden recently set out to determine the frequency of the problem in women. The results were surprising. Half of the women in the study experienced obstructive sleep apnoea, with 20 percent having moderate and 6 percent having severe symptoms.

The report has been published in the European Respiratory Journal and was based on women between the ages of 20 and 70 from a large population sample of 10,000.

The participants of the study were monitored during sleep for heart rate, eye and leg movements, blood oxygen levels, airflow and brain waves. Half experienced at least five episodes an hour when they stopped breathing for longer than 10 seconds. And for women with hypertension or who were obese, the numbers reached as high as 80 to 84 percent.

The results were very clear cut and seem to have started many alarm bells ringing – it was important enough to have been picked up and covered by the UK National Press including the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail.

Age played a big part and the disorder was found to be more prevalent in older women: Among women aged 20-44, one quarter had sleep apnea, compared to 56 percent of women aged 45-54 and 75 percent of women aged 55-70.

Occasional cessation in breathing during sleep may happen to everyone from time to time, but in obstructive sleep apnea there are at least five times when breathing stops, for at least 10 seconds each time, within an hour. Patients with really severe symptoms may stop breathing hundreds of times in one sleeping session.

Sleep apnoea is a serious health problem and is tied to a higher risk of depression, stroke, heart attack, cancer and early death. Importantly it can be minimized or even eliminated by simple anti-snoring devices such as Mouthpieces worn at night.

Many patients are not aware of their sleep disorder, and knowing these symptoms can often help:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Loud snoring, which is usually more prominent in obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep that is witnessed by another person
  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath, which more likely indicates central sleep apnoea
  • Awakening with a very dry mouth or a sore throat
  • Morning headache
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Attention problems during the day

In some occupations, particularly when driving or being in charge of any machinery, sleep apnoea is extremely dangerous due to the possible lack of attention or even from falling asleep briefly.

Another recent study also found that women who have sleep apnoea are more likely to develop memory problems and dementia.

One piece of important advice – Do not Ignore it.

If you suspect problems take advice from your GP who may even ask you to attend a specialist NHS Sleep Centre for further tests and confirmation of the symptoms.

Act now – because it will not go away – it will simply get worse.

By John Redfern

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Snoring: The Problem – The Dangers – The Solution

According to a new report by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) nn estimated 40% of adult men and 24% of adult women suffer from habitual snoring. In addition, the AADSM has found that 50% of snorers have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), a dangerous, life threatening disorder that affects millions of people throughout the world – 20 million in the USA alone with millions more here in the UK and many millions more in all other countries of the developed world.

Snoring, although often regarded as funny, or annoying, can be highly dangerous too and should be treated to keep it under control and reduce the problem as soon as possible.

OSA happens when the tissue in the upper-airway blocks the entire airway, causing a pause in a person’s breathing. This blockage keeps air from getting into the lungs, lowering a person’s blood-oxygen levels. For OSA sufferers, this pause in breath can generally last from 10 to 30 seconds, but sometimes for a minute or more, and hundreds of times a night.

Many Dental Sleep experts believe that oral appliance therapy is both better received and more successful than the CPAP treatment that is often recommended and has low levels of success compared with the impressive 90-95% success rate of an oral appliance. Dental or Oral Mouthpieces, or MAD’s (Mandibular Adjustment Devices) slightly alter the position of the jaw and ensure a safe and continued passage of air throughout the night. They are safe, effective, inexpensive and easy to use.

Patients tolerate MAD’s better than wearing the CPAP mask that gives an Oxygen supply throughout the night and they certainly consider it a more acceptable route than surgery which can of course be dangerous.

MAD’s are NHS Approved for the very reasons outlined here and your Doctor or Dentist will advise you that it is important to treat your snoring problem as soon as you possibly can.

More and more Research Reports have focused on Snoring over the last decade and Snoring is now related to numerous key Health Problems that are life threatening. It has been thoroughly researched world wide and there is no doubt of the facts. Too much conclusive evidence points to the undeniable fact that Snoring is a serious problem. It must be treated, reduced and overcome.

Snoring can seriously strain a person’s relationship and can also cause serious health risks.

In addition to the general consequences of an adult having disturbed nights which include of course daytime tiredness, lack of concentration, and inattention – all of which can be dangerous – it has also been found that it can be a problem in young children too. Social and behavioural problems have been closely linked to the results of snoring in young children and this is being carefully monitored.

Higher up the scale snoring has been linked with increased cardiovascular dangers including both strokes and heart attacks, and higher levels of diabetes also. The Daily Telegraph reported in May this year that snoring can increase the risk of cancer five-fold.

Snoring and the associated side effects are a problem therefore that must be addressed and not dismissed – but solutions are available readily that can clear the problem immediately – and the sooner the better.

Take advice – do it quickly – and the results will follow fast by using NHS Approved products such as the SleepPro range of MAD’s. Start with the simple out-of-the-box product and you’ll find how effective it is. From there you can if you wish upgrade easily to a product tailored to custom fit your needs and requirements.

By John Redfern

Snoring Aids And You • The Very Latest Solutions

Many people treat snoring as a simple condition that can be ignored or just dealt with later – possibly because they live alone or because their partners can ignore it. In fact, sometimes people do not even realize that others are constantly annoyed by their snoring.

The reason for this is simple: Most snorers don’t even know they snore!

Meanwhile, some people seem to think that this is a natural, inevitable condition for them, and one that does not need to be cured. However, snoring issues can often cause a lot of future problems; it could even indicate a more dangerous present health problem, so it is always better to solve your snoring problem as soon as you can.

Snoring, especially for people who are already married or living with a partner, can be a very annoying problem for that person’s partner. It might also lead to relationship problems. However, sometimes snoring can also indicate a dangerous health condition, called obstructive sleep apnoea, which could even cause fatal damage to your body. So, if you have not reached the age of 30 yet, it might be a good idea to solve your severe snoring problem as soon as possible, even if you are living on your own and you sleep alone.

The first move for many snorers, of course, is to consider using one of the many advertised ‘stop snoring’ devices to attempt to cure the problem. But is this the smartest move for you?

There are many solutions for snoring problems, including herbal medicines, stop snoring devices, and surgery. But before going into more depth about the solutions, it is essential to know what the common causes of snoring are.

Snoring happens when the flow of air is obstructed in your mouth and nose. It can be caused by natural reasons, like age and gender. Men are comparatively more likely to snore than women, and middle-aged people are more likely to snore than younger people. However, there are other less well-known causes of snoring like alcohol intake and sleep posture. Obesity can also leads to snoring, and people with nasal problems would also experience snoring problems. Some people are also born with abnormalities in the soft tissues in their throat that create a tendency to snore.

The first step to fight snoring is STOP the bad habits that may be causing the condition. Stop drinking alcohol; avoid sleeping on your back, and so on. People who are obese may want to make a real push to get to their ideal body weight, which can greatly affect all areas of health. However, for people who are obese and those whose snoring is caused by natural causes, more complex solutions are often needed to stop the snoring.

If surgery is too expensive or too scary, then talk to your doctor. He more than likely will recommend using a stop snoring device such as a dental mouthpiece. They have a terrific success record and are fully endorsed and recommended by the NHS.

SleepPro offer the full range of solutions from a simple “out of the box version” which is so well priced that you can trial it to see if it works for you – and if it does there is a more customised version that will mould to your specific requirements – and you can even get the money back for the first basic product that you tried.

In fact why not consider a professionally fitted device made especially for you. These are a little more expensive, but tend to be even more effective than the two previous “out of the box” solutions.

Take a good look at the various options offered by Sleeppro including their latest SFA version – currently the ultimate in comfort, fit and adjustment.

If you do go down this popular road then make sure to consult with your dentist in order to ensure the best fit for your jaw.

By John Redfern

Back to School with a good night’s sleep

Tips for parents to recognize signs of childhood obstructive sleep apnoea

With the summer holiday period over, and school days upon us once again, a good night’s sleep should be on the top of each child’s list of supplies. But for some children, getting the rest they need means more than just having an early bedtime. Yet again the United States shows us the way.

 At the main Allergy Centre in Chicago, allergy, asthma, and immunology experts are helping parents recognize the signs of childhood obstructive sleep apnoea by carefully monitoring childhood snoring and childhood nasal allergies.

Many children snore from time to time, and this is quite normal, particularly if they have a cold or if they suffer from asthma. But as their highly specialized paediatric nasal congestion and sleep apnoea expert explains, “if your child is a restless sleeper who chronically snores and mouth breathes and shows signs of daytime difficulties, obstructive sleep apnoea could be the cause.” He also points out that the symptoms of sleep apnoea in kids can be much subtler than those found with adult sleep apnoea.

Sleep Apnoea In Children – What To Look For

Beyond restless nights, parents who suspect their child may have obstructive sleep apnoea are encouraged to watch for these warning signs that can begin as early as 2-6 years of age.

Night-time Sleep Apnoea Symptoms

  • Persistent snoring and mouth breathing
  • Gasping or laboured breathing
  • Frequent bedwetting beyond the normal age range
  • Night sweats
  • Unusual sleeping positions

Daytime Sleep Apnoea Symptoms

  • Allergies, asthma, or frequent ear infections
  • Poor school performance or trouble focusing on tasks
  • Behavioural or social problems
  • Bad mood or constant agitation
  • Depression or anxiety

Childhood Nasal Allergies and Asthma

One of the things that is highly common for children with sleep apnoea is to have other breathing issues. Some children are just persistent snorers and don’t necessarily have sleep apnoea but compounding issues, such as enlarged tonsils and adenoids, can elevate the problem to sleep apnoea.

Very few allergy and asthma experts give childhood sleep apnoea anything like the attention that it deserves. Even if your child is consistently getting between 10 and 12 hours of sleep each night, sleep apnoea can cause enough disruption to affect their mood, their school performance, and their  overall behaviour patterns. Studies in the USA have shown that middle school students and sixth formers with moderate to severe sleep apnoea achieve lower grades and have greater trouble on both focusing and on paying attention in class.

If you think your child suffers from sleep apnoea, the American specialists suggest a thorough exploration of all symptoms and physical factors that could contribute to breathing problems. Beyond monitoring your child’s tonsil and adenoid size, it is vital also to evaluate their soft palate and uvula, tongue, jaw positioning, and nasal passages and airways.

The American Dental and Medical Practices have long stated that addressing a child’s sleep issues early will not only improve their academic and social performance, but it will also position them for healthy adult sleep habits later – maybe even saving their life in more critical cases.

By John Redfern