Snoring: Noisy nuisance or Health Hazard

If you don’t believe that snoring causes sleep loss, then you’ve probably never had to sleep in the same room as someone who snores. Few things are as detrimental to a good night’s sleep as a partner who sounds like they’re running a chain saw on the other side of the bed.

Doctors estimate that at some time in their lives, up to 50 per cent of all people snore, some regularly and some intermittently. As troubling as it is to be on the receiving end, snoring can cause sleep disturbances and health issues for the snorer, resulting in bigger problems than just a grumpy and very tired bedfellow.

A Noisy Nuisance
Snoring is caused by an obstruction in airflow, usually in the throat. Normally when we breathe, air moves silently, but when the throat and soft palate relax just a bit too much, air forces the tissues to rub together and produce harsh, grating noises. Structural differences between people can account for some snoring; some people who have a long, soft palate, a large uvula, or intact adenoids are more prone to snoring, since their throats are just naturally more obstructed. Temporarily blocked sinuses, caused by a cold or infection, can also be enough of an obstruction to cause temporary snoring that originates in the nose. Many allergy sufferers and those with chronic nasal congestion find that they snore more often when their sinuses are blocked. Snoring can also be caused by a deviated septum.

Relaxed muscles in the throat can contribute to intermittent snoring, too. In younger people, alcohol or sedatives can cause the relaxation, which depress the nervous system and slacken the throat and tongue. Even one’s sleeping position can be a factor. Sleeping on the back is known to prompt the muscle relaxation that causes snoring more often than sleeping on the side or the stomach. Older people can be more prone to snoring as well, since decreased muscle tone is part of the aging process.

One of the largest causes of chronic snoring is sleep apnoea. This condition results in such a severe airway constriction that the lack of oxygen causes the sleeper to wake up, often dozens of times a night. It affects men more often than women, and is found more often in people who are overweight.

Harsh Consequences of Harsh Sounds
Besides a tired and irate partner, snoring can cause health problems. Especially in conjunction with sleep apnoea, snoring can lead to sleep loss or even sleep deprivation. Long-term obstruction of the airways can lead to low blood oxygen levels, which in turn leads to increased blood pressure as the heart pumps more to compensate. All of these result in daytime drowsiness, an inability to concentrate, memory loss, and depression. Another consequence of sleep apnoea is enlargement of the heart, which can lead to heart attacks and stroke. Men with sleep apnoea are also more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Along with being detrimental to health, chronic snoring can also take its toll on relationships. Many couples choose to sleep apart in order to escape one person’s snoring. The noise is involuntary, but it’s very hard for the non-snoring partner not to become upset and resentful at being kept awake. Trying to deal with chronic snoring can leave both parties exhausted, irritable, and reluctant to communicate.

Taking Back the Night
Besides a swift jab of the elbow, there are simple lifestyle changes that can reduce chronic snoring. Since much snoring occurs when we sleep on our backs, learning to sleep on your side can help. Some swear by the old home remedy of sewing tennis balls to the back of a snorer’s pyjamas to prevent them from rolling over onto their backs in the middle of the night. Limiting alcohol intake before bed can also help reduce muscle slackness in the throat and one major way to combat snoring is to lose weight, since being overweight contributes to all the snoring risk factors.

If lifestyle changes don’t help the problem, then a trip to the doctor may be in order. Mouth guards and devices like chinstraps that can be worn at night can help keep the throat in a position that won’t cause snoring.

Snoring may seem like a harmless annoyance, but for the sake of both the snorer and their partner, it’s worth trying to eliminate. particularly to avoid the serious health problems that it can cause.

Act now – for everyone’s sake and for the sake of your health in particular.

By John Redfern


Sleep Deprivation Can Alter Genes

Research in the PNAS Journal indicates that a lack of sleep can have a profound effect on the internal workings of the human body. Studies show that the activity of hundreds of genes were altered when sleep was reduced to less than 6 hours every day in a week.

This news follows the recent developments in the media linking a lack of sleep and regular snoring with cardiovascular issues such a high blood pressure and stroke.

This research however indicated that a lack of sleep can potentially alter genes, particularly after prolonged periods of time.

Researchers at the University of Surrey examined the blood of 26 subjects who had sufficient sleep comparing the results with samples from subjects who had fewer than 6 hours a night (below the recommended amount)

Genes have instructions for building protein, after a lack of sleep the genes that were effected produced a lesser amount which essentially changes the chemistry within the body.

Studies showed that the immune system in particular was affected by the stress caused by lack of sleep, indicating that failing to get the required amount of sleep each night can leave you susceptible to common viruses and the flu.

Professor Colin Smith from the University of Surrey explained:

“Clearly sleep is critical to rebuilding the body and maintaining a functional state, all kinds of damage appear to occur hinting at what may lead to ill health”

Sleep is necessary to replenish and replace new cells. Failing to get the required sleep can have a degenerative effect on the body, leaving it more prone to disease and common viruses.

The link with Snoring

Snoring has been found to be one of the major causes of sleep deprivation particularly for the partners of regular habitual snorers, by cutting out snoring it’s possible to eliminate the negative effect sleep deprivation has on the body.

By Richard Owen


Do you snore heavily? Do you have sleep apnea? Take our simple test – it could save your life.

Sleep disorders are a serious and growing problem. Approximately 25% of men and 10% of women suffer from some form of sleep disorder or other that negatively impacts upon their health. But until now, diagnosis generally required staying overnight at a sleep centre, and the subsequent treatment required wearing a mask-like device attached to a machine pumping air. The treatment is called CPAP – Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.

Sleep disorders can affect the ability of patients, and their partners, to get proper rest, in turn affecting work levels and productivity and also seriously increasing risks of hypertension, stroke, heart failure, diabetes, migraines and depression – let alone cause separation in many cases.

The standard approach to treating sleep disorders is fragmented and can be complicated, requiring patients to visit different centres for diagnosis and treatment. Sleep disorders are very widespread and treatment can greatly improve the lives of sufferers but the success of the treatment used for this type of sleep disorder, often called sleep apnea, is very unpredictable and often not liked by patients.

Over 50% of patients abandon their snoring or sleep apnea treatments due to the hassle in diagnosis and treatment process. It is key to address this problem and SleepPro offers a simple and successful alternative to CPAP with a range of technologically advanced dental mouthpieces that can cure the vast majority of problems for snoring sufferers, as well as manage any mild to moderate sleep apnea condition which should not be ignored.

Unfortunately in the UK many people don’t realize there is a simple successful treatment for snoring readily available that can be fairly straightforward and very effective. The SleepPro product range is NHS Approved and this type of oral device comes highly recommended by both Doctors and Dentists.

Technology for sleep disorders has developed with easier diagnosis now available including home sleep tests and the use of tried and tested treatments such as the simple mouth guard, which is starting to really gain public awareness due to the resultant health improvements.

SleepPro uses the latest advancements in a customized approach developed by physicians and dentists working together to diagnose and treat sleep disorder sufferers. This is a British designed product range that has resulted from many years of Dental and Medical co-operation and analysis and the results speak for themselves. They have a product for everyone.

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Major Risk Groups include, but are not limited to:

  • People who are overweight (Body Mass Index of 25 to 29.9) and obese (Body Mass Index of 30 and above)
  • Men and women with large neck sizes: 17 inches or more for men, 16 inches or more for women
  • Middle-aged and older men, and post-menopausal women
  • Adults and children with Downs Syndrome
  • Children with large tonsils and adenoids
  • Smokers

A possible indicator of sleep apnea is chronic snoring. A physician should evaluate whether sleep apnea is present and if the level is mild, moderate or severe. Patients with sleep apnea often experience sleep deprivation. You may be sleepy during the day and have difficulty concentrating. Other symptoms can be depression, irritability, sexual dysfunction, and learning and memory difficulties.

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Symptoms Checklist • Do you experience one or more?

  • Do you experience daytime sleepiness, no matter how many hours you spend in bed?
  • Do you snore loudly each night?
  • Does your breathing pause periodically while you sleep (10 seconds or longer)?
  • Do you often wake up with a dry mouth or sore throat?
  • Do you go to the bathroom frequently during the night?
  • During the day are you forgetful and have difficulty concentrating?
  • Do you often feel tired, fatigued or sleepy during the daytime?
  • Has anyone observed you stop breathing during sleep?
  • Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure?
  • Do you fall asleep at work, on the phone or while driving?
  • Are you prone to moodiness, irritability, or depression?

If you have answered yes to any of the above and your snoring is a problem or you think you may have sleep apnea, make an appointment to see your GP immediately – bearing in mind the risks of not doing so.

Health Risks of sleep apnea can include any of the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Diabetes

One simple step can reduce the risks to your health – even your life.

By John Redfern


Healthy Diet: Healthy Sleep

The link between nutrition and sleeping patterns has been somewhat ambiguous in modern medicine due to the lack of research in the subject, recent research however has intensified the link between a poor diet and poor sleeping patterns.

Research by the Journal Appetite indicate that there is a link between what we eat and how we sleep.

Although many people recognise that what we eat can play a part in our sleeping pattern there has been relatively little research in to what foods can disrupt or benefit our sleep cycles.

Unsurprisingly research has shown that individuals with a healthier diet and lifestyle were more likely to get the appropriate amount of sleep (7-8 hours). Those who had a varied diet, including a sufficient amount of vitamin C (think oranges, broccoli and strawberries) were known to have more consistent sleeping patterns.

Individuals who consumed a lower variety of food were found to have more erratic sleeping patterns. These individuals were either not getting enough sleep (5-6 hours) or too much sleep (more than 9 hours).

Studies show that if you eat a calorific diet consisting of foods with high levels of saturated fat, you’re far more likely to have a shorter sleeping pattern consisting of 5-6 hours, this is below the recommended amount. Shorter sleepers on average had a lower intake of vitamin C and a higher intake of the nutrient ‘choline’ found in fatty meat products.

The study also mentioned that those who consumed a higher intake of alcohol either overslept or slept for a shorter period of time.

The Snoring Link

Fatty foods and alcohol are known to increase your likelihood of snoring, alcohol in particular is known to relax the muscles and soft tissue in your throat which in turn makes you more likely to snore.

Scientific research has established that snoring can play a significant role in disrupting your sleeping pattern.

Conclusion

The worrying aspect of the study is perhaps the fact that individuals who didn’t get the required amount of sleep were more likely to gain weight and suffer from subsequent issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

The study confirms that there is a significant link between our diet, our sleeping pattern and our overall health, evidently the issues are strongly interlinked.

By Richard Owen


Study: Snoring Toddlers

A sleeping baby may be one of nature’s miracles (certainly for the parents) but a baby snoring can be more worrying.

Habitual, loud snoring is something parents should take notice of, particularly if your child is very young, this isn’t considered as a relatively normal feature of a child’s sleeping pattern.

A new study in the Journal of Paediatrics reveals that loud, persistent snoring among toddlers can be a sign of more serious underlying health issues, this kind of snoring has been found to be linked with attention deficit disorders, hyper activity and sleep apnea.

Many parents have noted that snoring has had a negative effect on their child’s behaviour particularly during school hours. Infant snorers have been known to be easily distracted and prone to feeling tired which can effect concentration in school.

Many parents dismiss snoring as a potentially serious issue, what many parents are not aware of is that habitual snoring isn’t part of a child’s development, it’s actually a signal that the child may be suffering from a potentially serious health issue.

Figures say that under 10% of toddlers snore, with the number of louder snorers being less. The stats prove that this isn’t (and shouldn’t be) a regular occurrence.

If parents can identify the problem before it causes more serious difficulties then they can potentially improve a child’s health, behaviour and academic performance.

We don’t advise using a SleepPro product for your child, it’s a safer option to offer them the device if they continue to snore as they reach adulthood. We do advise that you contact a doctor or a sleep specialist if the issue persists.

By Richard Owen


Sleep is the Cornerstone to Good Health – So You Must Stop Snoring

Part Two

Getting good quality sleep every night is imperative to both good physical and mental health. It is often said that restful sleep is the glue that keeps us functioning normally as human beings.

In this article, Sleep and Physical Health, I will describe the four specific consequences of sleep and physical health and my accompanying article will deal with four specific consequences of Sleep and Mental Health.

1. Sleep and Memory – Researchers have found that not getting enough sleep distracts the brain from focusing and being able to retain information. According to accepted authorities there are three parts to “making memories” – the acquisition phase, the consolidation phase, and the recall phase. While the acquisition phase and the recall phase happen while we are awake, it is believe that sleep is required for the consolidation phase of forming memories, or in other words, making facts or episodic-type memories stick. So, keeping late hours and “cramming” for a test as a student may not be the best strategy to performing well with recall. Better to make sure that a restful night of sleep is had before that big test.

2. Sleep and Learning – Similar to sleep and memory, it’s very difficult to learn new facts, ideas, or concepts without having first gotten adequate sleep. An interesting study was done with bees to illustrate the lack of ability to learn appropriately when not getting enough sleep. The bees’ sleep was interfered with, which caused them real difficulty in remembering experiences they had learned a day previous. It is widely accepted that this is the same with humans.

3. Sleep and Moods – All of us have experience the temper and bad mood of someone who has “woken up on the wrong side of the bed”. Lack of sleep causes irritability, and disorientation. Not getting enough sleep can cause individuals to become quite emotional. Sleep deprivation is tied to depression as well. In fact, those who are repeatedly awakened during the R.E.M. sleep state can become very angry. Extended periods of sleep deprivation can even cause hallucinations or delusions and even death in extreme cases, when it was used as part of certain types of ‘cross questioning’. It just makes sense that getting enough sleep can mitigate some of the stresses we face on a daily basis, and help to keep emotions and moods on a more even keel.

4. Sleep and Creativity and Imagination – Having good quality sleep on a consistent basis does lend itself to better creativity and imagination. The phrase “sleep on it” is actually very sound advice. During sleep our subconscious can go to work to help us solve problems. Often dreams can provide insight that we hadn’t considered during waking hours. Dreams are often the product of our imaginations, wrapped together with portions of true experience. There is an interesting BBC article covering notable examples of “dream discoveries”. Get your sleep and create something wonderful! Look out for it soon in our March Newsletter – 5 Dream Discoveries.

Some of the reasons for sleep are plain common sense, while others have yet to be discovered. For now though, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night (for adults) is the best recipe for good, sustainable health and longevity.

As we know of course, most disturbed nights are caused by someone snoring – both partners actually having a disturbed night, but for different reasons. This is so easy to prevent and with little cost. A range of NHS approved remedies from SleepPro, such as their high quality but inexpensive mouthpieces will soon solve the problem. They have a record of working well, do it quickly and are a low cost solution that is readily and quickly available without prescription.

However make sure that you keep in touch with your GP or local Clinic because they’ll give you good advice on how to stop snoring and check out if it’s caused you any health problems.
By John Redfern


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Your Quality Of Sleep Decreases As You Get Older

A University in California has discovered links between age and sleep quality, symptoms of ageing also include brain atrophy and memory problems.

After studying the brain in both younger and older subjects, researchers discovered that as the brain deteriorates so does your quality of sleep.

Researchers in the University examined 18 adults around their late teens and early twenties, as well as a separate group of subjects over the age of 70.

The subjects were required to remember specific word pairings after they’d slept in order to examine memory, unsurprisingly the younger subjects were able to recollect more results than the older subjects, 55% more in fact.

Researches linked the deterioration of the frontal lobe (responsible for memory) to the decrease in sleep quality.

There are many factors that contribute to this decline in sleep quality, including snoring.

Studies have shown that we become more likely to snore as we get older. This is due to the softening of tissue around the throat and nasal passages, we also become more likely to become overweight as we age too, which is another contributing factor.

One thing we can all do to maintain sleep quality as we age is to prevent snoring, the obvious side-effects of snoring include regularly disturbing your partner but it also decreases the amount of rest the snorer will get as they sleep.

This is important information to bear in mind for those who are middle aged or elderly, cutting out the snoring could drastically improve overall sleep quality!

By Richard Owen


February Is The Worst Month For Sleep!

If you’re feeling that little bit more tired this morning, you’re definitely not alone. A British Sleep Survey found that it takes on average eight minutes longer to fall asleep in February.

It’s pretty simple really, darker days, longer nights and central heating in homes throughout the UK make sleeping that little bit more difficult.

The sun rises much later in the winter months than in July or August for example, so it’s normal to feel like your bed has a particularly strong hold on you this month. After all who would want to leave the comfort of their beds to face the snow, rain and wind we’ve faced recently.

Luckily we’ve put together some useful tips to help getting to sleep that little bit easier this gruelling month.

Good Sleeping Habits

These are some simple tips that’ll help you drift off.

  • A cool, dark place is crucial for your sleeping pattern, you should think of your bedroom as your relief from work, stress and noise.
  • Turn the temperature down; We don’t expect you to sleep in the garden but the central heating should definitely be switched off, waking up with a sweat is definitely not going to help your sleeping pattern, it’ll help you save money on your energy bills too.
  • Leave the iPad/iPhones in the living room; Technology can provide an unnecessary distraction, you don’t want to be checking Twitter in the early hours of the morning.
  • Wind down: An hour before bed, you should be in a relaxed frame of mind, Television, Video Games and late night work are definitely a no, reading and having a bath will certainly help!
  • Cut the Caffeine: The caffeine in a cup of coffee can stay in your system for as much as nine hours! So keep the espresso for the mornings.
  • Stop the Snoring: Snoring will not only keep your partner awake, it’ll disrupt your sleep cycle too, snoring decreases your overall quality of sleep, so look to prevent that horrible noise as soon as possible!

By Richard Owen


This Valentine's Day, Cut Out Snoring, Win a Onesie!

If you’re pondering over the best gift to give your better half this year, SleepPro can certainly help you out. Chocolates are dated, roses are definitely a cliché, why not give your partner the greatest gift of all, night after night of silent, restful sleep.

So whether you’re sorting out your own snoring problems or finally getting your partner to cut the noise, SleepPro should be your choice this Valentine’s Day.

And to celebrate our campaign to cut out snoring this month we’re offering you a chance to win a set of his-and-hers Onesies.

So listen up!

All you have to do is…

It’s pretty simple really, if you want to be entered in to our Prize Draw visit one of our pages.

Onesies are becoming increasingly popular, there’s no better way to dress in the comfort of your own home, at a festival, or if you’re brave enough wear one at work, it’ll definitely get you noticed around the office.

By Richard Owen