Sleep safe and sound with SleepPro’s new added protection from germs

The prevention of germs is the modern way of helping you keep a healthy mouth. It helps you to keep your teeth, and means you need to have less dental treatment. As you will know the two main causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The better you prevent or deal with these two problems, the more chance you will have of keeping your teeth for life.

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Portrait of calm family in a peaceful sleep

It is very important that you keep up a good routine at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy and for that it’s always recommended that you:

  • Brush your teeth well last thing at night with fluoride toothpaste before using your SleepPro mouthpiece
  • Clean in between your teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes or floss – as brushing alone only cleans about 60 per cent of the tooth surface
  • Use a mouthwash that contains antibacterial ingredients to help prevent gum disease, and contains fluoride to help prevent decay.

In the same way that Fluoride helps teeth resist decay, the same principles can be applied to your SleepPro stop snoring mouthpiece. It’s important to keep it hygienic – not only will it prevent germs and subsequent decay, but it will also extend the life of your mouthpiece.

With this in mind you should clean your existing mouthpiece regularly with tablets such as Fresh & Clean. Each pack contains 20 tablets and is ideal for daily or at least weekly use to keep your SleepPro fresh and clean – they do exactly ‘what it says on the tin’.

These tablets have been specifically developed for cleaning oral devices such as removable braces and appliances, and unlike over the counter dental cleaning products these will not degrade and discolour the plastic.

However, as part of the constant strategy to provide improved products for our customers, SleepPro have focused closely on this important aspect of oral hygiene. As a result, they have added a special anti-microbial protection polymer when making two of our most popular appliances.

It is made and supplied by the world’s foremost company in this field – British – as we are – and long experienced with this technology. A product that is protected in this way has been shown to prevent 99.99% of known germs.

The most important benefit of an antimicrobial additive, aside from offering protection, is that it does not change the product into which it is integrated.

  • It will not affect the aesthetics of products.
  • It will have no negative impact on performance.
  • It will not wear off or wash away.

This protection has now been built into the two latest versions of SleepPro Custom and SleepPro Easifit, named Custom AM and Easifit AM to set them apart from the basic version, and for what is only a tiny price premium of an extra £10, they’ll provide you with complete protection from germs for as long as you use that mouthpiece.This new AM technology will not only make your SleepPro mouthpiece more hygienic, but it will keep it fresher for longer, as well as protecting both the surface of the appliance and helping to preserve a good comfortable fit. It will provide long-lasting hygienic protection by creating a surface barrier upon which microbes cannot survive and it will also extend the lifetime of the product you use.

They’re fully approved by the NHS who regularly issue them direct to snoring and sleep apnoea sufferers in many hospitals – and as well as stopping you from snoring, they’ll now protect you from most germs and infections.

These new additional versions of the two appliances have all their usual benefits, but the added anti-microbial content makes them more hygienic for added protection and oral freshness. Unique to SleepPro, this long-lasting protection extends the life of the mouthpiece and reduces the need for cleaning whilst protecting you from the many thousands of possible germs.

These appliances with anti-microbial protection are available now at a little extra for so much more – and you’ll never need cleaning tablets again.

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John Redfern

 


Depression and Sleep Apnea are shown to be closely connected

It’s been widely reported throughout all the International Press this week that men who snore not only disturb their partner and ruin her well-earned vital rest, but might also end up depressing themselves in the process.

Sleep problems are a well-known symptom of depression, but a new study also raises the possibility that they could be the cause of depression as well.

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Men who have obstructive sleep apnoea have a higher risk of depression, a study has revealed. Even though the cause-and-effect relationship between the two has still not been totally proved, researchers believe that there is a strong connection between sleep apnoea and depression in men.

Researchers examined a sample of nearly 2,000 Australian men between the ages of 35 and 83 and found that those with excessive daytime sleepiness were 10 per cent more likely to be depressed compared to those without.  According to the researchers from the University of Adelaide and the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, the relationship held up even after taking other risk factors into account.

Of the men examined for the study, none of them had been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea when they began, but 857 of them were assessed for the condition after joining.  Those who were found to have it were twice as likely to be depressed than those who didn’t have the sleep disorder.

Some of the men had very severe sleep apnoea and excessive daytime sleepiness.  Researchers found that the men in this group were 4.2 times more likely to be depressed compared with men who had no sleep issues whatsoever.  Those who suffered from both conditions were also 3.5 times more likely to be depressed than men with only one of them.

The men were evaluated on two separate occasions for depression.  The first time was at the beginning of the study and the second test followed about five years after the first.  That allowed for the researchers to see if the sleep problems could be linked to any recent diagnosis of depression.

The men who had severe sleep apnoea that was found during the study were 2.9 times more likely to become depressed during those five years.

While the link between sleep and depression is still hazy at best, the results definitely provide actionable information for doctors, the study authors concluded.  After patients are diagnosed with depression, they should also be screened for sleep apnoea, even if they don’t seem sleepy, the researchers said.  While it is not yet exactly clear how sleep is linked to depression, it is obvious that those who are depressed often have sleep problems that also need to be addressed by physicians as a part of treatment for patients with depression.

Treating sleep apnoea is vital for good health but is often ignored by the sufferer and therefore remains undiagnosed until far too late. Sleep apnoea can be a dangerous, even fatal, condition because it significantly affects heart function (arrhythmia, stroke, and heart attack) as well as being closely linked with Diabetes Type 2, early onset of Alzheimer’s and hypertension.

A specially fitted oral appliance can solve these problems for the mild to moderate sufferer – so don’t delay if you know that you snore heavily and gasp for breath when sleeping. This problem can be controlled with ease if you use a specially fitted oral appliance like SleepPro Custom, but those sufferers with chronic conditions should urgently seek specialist medical advice and they may need CPAP treatment.

It’s a problem that affects women as well as men – but is twice as prevalent in the latter. This serious sleep disorder can affect anyone but age, obesity and body mass increase the risk. As men are generally larger and heavier than women, their weight can cause the airway to collapse more easily, obstructing the air passage, and cutting off vital oxygen to the brain.

You can solve it by getting an oral appliance, and by doing this you could save your life as well as your marriage.

John Redfern

The results of the above study were presented at the American Thoracic Society’s 2015 International Conference in Denver, CO this week.

 


The NHS Diabetes bill rises to £10 billion a year

In a week where the newspapers in the UK were dominated by the news of a Royal birth that was then followed by the General Election, one newspaper still managed to lead with a front-page story on the above serious health problem.

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Diabetes now has over 4 million sufferers in Britain – and to put that in perspective it amounts to nearly three times more than the total number of SNP voters – and as many as UKIP and the SNP added together.

How hard can it be to work out that treatment for OSA needs to be a priority – and not just in Britain – but in all countries. In North America the problem is bigger still. Pre-diabetes afflicts nearly 57 million people, putting them at risk for diabetes, which in turn increases the odds of cardiovascular disease and serious damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels.

The new research study study showed that patients with pre-diabetes can lower their risk of progressing to diabetes when treatment is given, and allowing a full night’s sleep. This statement was made by lead researcher, Sushmita Pamidi, M.D., a former fellow at the University of Chicago who is now on the faculty at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

“Our results should provide a strong incentive for anyone with sleep apnoea, especially pre-diabetic individuals, to improve adherence to their treatment for cardio-metabolic risk reduction.” she said.

A primary lifestyle cause for OSA is being over weight or obese and this is something that any individual can tackle, although it may take valuable time to achieve results. The problem even exists in children where a growing number are having their tonsils removed to treat sleep apnoea – a condition in which the walls of the throat come together or collapse during sleep to block the airway.

A spokesman at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Dental Hospital in Melbourne, said up to 60 per cent of obese children suffer from sleep apnoea compared with 1 per cent of children at a healthy weight and this leads to a wide range of other illnesses if not resolved. The UK has the world’s fifth highest rate of type 1 diabetes in children aged up to 14, according to an international league table compiled by the charity Diabetes UK two years ago. It found that only Finland, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and Norway have higher rates.

In essence, if you think that you may have sleep apnoea, which is signalled by loud snoring and daytime sleepiness, then do something about it fast before it’s too late. Either check with your Doctor or Dentist and take the appropriate tests, or in the very least acquire a medically oral appliance such as are now easily available at low cost.

The SleepPro Custom is an ideal example and is recommended by the leading NHS Sleep Disorder Centre at Papworth Hospital as the No.1 choice to treat mild or moderate sleep OSA. Snoring stops immediately and a better night’s sleep produces the obvious results for all concerned, whilst the possible future problems brought about by OSA are brought under control.

John Redfern


Blocked nose causing you to snore?

We probably don’t think about ‘how’ we breathe as it is a natural function and happens anyway. However, how we breathe is very important, and especially so at night – but not just at that time.

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During sleep, the body naturally tries to breathe through the nose. When nasal congestion forces mouth breathing during sleep, greater negative pressure develops behind the uvula and soft palate. This negative pressure increases the vibration of these noise-makers” during sleep, helping to create the sound we know as snoring which can happen anytime.

We are designed to breathe through the nose. If for any reason nasal breathing is not possible our body’s self-preservation mechanism forces us to breathe through the mouth. There are several reasons as to why some people find it difficult to breathe through the nose during sleep.

  • Small size of nostrils
  • Nasal collapse
  • Nocturnal nasal congestion
  • Nasal obstruction due to anatomic abnormalities

These features increase nasal resistance and this may be a contributing factor in the occurrence of sleep disordered breathing, upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) and this can happen day or night.

A long hard day at the office after an early start can often result in us falling asleep on the way home and sometimes with embarrassing results.

To highlight an instance of this, the anti-social problem of snoring in public places was underlined last week when rail passengers in one region were given adhesive nasal strips to help prevent it. Research had asked people what was the most annoying thing that had to be endured during rail journeys and 60% said it was clearly snoring, which affects as many as 40% of us, and can reach ear-splitting decibel levels on occasions.

However the major downside of wearing these nasal strips publicly is that everyone can see them, as well as knowing why you’re wearing them, so what’s the alternative.

Nasal based snoring is a common problem but easily avoided by using a small and virtually undetectable device called a nasal dilator to keep the nasal passages open. They are regarded as more effective than nasal strips that can be easily dislodged, and of course are very noticeable. A nasal dilator is hardly seen as it fits inside the nose rather than across it.

Small or collapsing nostrils can prevent you from successfully breathing through your nose. This encourages mouth breathing, and it is the air hitting the back of the throat that causes the snoring noise. By using simple nasal dilators you can easily remedy this problem and over the years the simple to use nasal dilator has proved to be one of the most popular and easy to use devices to enhance nasal breathing. This device is not just for snorers but can be used by anybody who suffers from nasal resistance.

This small low cost device is composed of two cone shapes that have a simple connector at the base that fits neatly inside the nostrils and keeps them open. It is comfortable to use and provides a clear passage for easier breathing and better sleep, and in doing so eliminates snoring. Whether you use them at home, or ‘just in case’ during rail and plane journeys – they’ll eliminate any snoring and breathing problems.

John Redfern