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


Do you have obstructive sleep apnoea? Is it legal for you to be driving?

Falling asleep at the wheel is a criminal offence and could lead to a prison sentence. The reason for the sleepiness actually makes no difference. The risk of motor vehicle accidents is higher in people with sleep apnoea but treatment leads to considerable reduction in motor vehicle accident risk.

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Another new study finds that obstructive sleep apnoea is associated with a significantly increased risk of motor vehicle accidents, but this risk is reduced when sleep apnoea is treated effectively. Results show that patients with sleep apnoea were nearly 2.5 times more likely to be the driver in a motor vehicle accident,

The study also found that the incidence of motor vehicle accidents was reduced by 70 per cent among sleep apnoea patients who received the correct treatment. Study results are published in the March issue of the journal Sleep and have attracted much attention around the world.

In the United States the American Academy of Sleep Medicine reports that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a common sleep disease afflicting at least 25 million adults in the U.S and similar percentages exist in most other countries with men having a higher rate of OSA, and most being untreated.

Commercial drivers in countries such as Australia, Canada, and the United States have had to come to terms with strict new medical guidelines recently. If they are diagnosed with OSA, and the condition is properly treated with CPAP or a suitable and approved oral appliance, then they may continue to drive.

The DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) in Britain has stated that a greater awareness of OSA could save many lives each year and have attributed 20% of motorway accidents, often with fatalities, to this disorder.

The current UK Government Directive is that if you have OSA without having daytime sleepiness and it does not impair your driving, you can continue to drive and do not have to notify DVLA.

In recent weeks, Meg Nunn, the MP for Sheffield Heeley was made aware of an accident to one of her own constituents whose nephew had been killed when a lorry ploughed into his car. Since that time she has written to many media to highlight the growing problem of dangerous driving through sleepiness caused by OSA. Although the driver responsible had visited his doctor to complain of the problem, no evaluation had been made and the GP had attributed it to stress.

There is an immeasurable cost to the families of those involved in fatalities, and there are financial implications too. A fatal accident is estimated to cost almost £2 million, with a serious accident at over £0.2 million. Rapid diagnosis and treatment is absolutely essential.

Given that OSA is associated with many other conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, massive savings to the nations involved can also made in the reduction of medication for those conditions.

Current estimates suggests that OSA is prevalent in over 15% of HGV drivers and remains a huge problem, but it is not one without a solution, and a quick one at that.

Approved oral appliances for mild to moderate OSA include British-made SleepPro Custom. The SleepPro Custom was recommended as the best oral appliance for sleep apnoea after stringent testing of a selection of oral appliances that were conducted in 2014 at the NHS Papworth Hospital, the leading UK Hospital for sleep disorders of this kind, This appliance is now available in an anti-microbial version as Custom AM protecting health even more – and the first OSA oral appliance to do so.

For a very small price, medically approved appliances like SleepPro Custom can help you live as much as 20% longer, and as a bonus, help to avoid dangerous motoring accidents that hurt others too.

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John Redfern

 


Do you or your partner snore – Doctors warn of major memory problems. Alzheimers could strike 5 years earlier – and Dementia 10 years earlier.

All the major worldwide press and magazines have been headlining the subject this week after new research highlighted this major problem, and it comes at a time when even UK Government is concerned by this massively growing problem.

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GP’s currently are undertaking an identification scheme in which NHS England’s aim was for 67% of patients to have a formal diagnosis by 31 March 2015. Although offering GPs £55 per diagnosis, only 59.3% of patients thought to have dementia in the UK have been given a formal diagnosis, and it has fallen well short of targets according to the figures from the GP Health and Social Care Information Centre.

If your partner snores heavily at night, you might simply be tempted to give them a dig in the ribs and go back to sleep, but that noisy irritating sound might actually be an early warning sign of dementia. Researchers have discovered that people who have breathing problems while they are asleep are much more likely to experience an early decline in memory and other brain functions.

In a worrying study, they found that people with sleep apnoea, a condition often typified by heavy snoring, saw mental decline more than 10 years earlier than for those who had no sleep problems. The results also suggested that the onset of Alzheimer’s might be accelerated among those with sleeping problems.

  • People who snore are more likely to experience early memory decline
  • Those with sleep apnoea saw a mental decline over a decade earlier
  • Sleep apnoea is where the throat narrows in sleep, and in doing so causes you to snore and interrupts your breathing
  • Onset of Alzheimer’s may be accelerated if you have sleep problems

Almost 700,000 Britons suffer from sleep apnoea, which is most often found in middle-aged, overweight men, but is fast developing now in more women. The loose tissue from being overweight causes the muscles in the airway to contract during sleep, which cuts off the air supply, and usually results in a heavy snore. Obstructive sleep apnoea, or OSA, causes disrupted sleep and daytime exhaustion, pushing up blood pressure to dangerous levels and is closely related to both heart disease and diabetes.

Study author Dr Ricardo Osorio, of New York University, said: ‘Abnormal breathing patterns during sleep such as heavy snoring and sleep apnoea are common in the elderly.’

The research team studied the medical histories of 2,470 people, aged 55 to 90. Their investigation, published in the journal Neurology, found that people with sleep breathing problems were diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment at an average age of 77.

Those with no breathing problems, in comparison, did not typically see a decline until age 90 – more than a decade later. Among that group, those who had sleep breathing problems also developed Alzheimer’s disease five years earlier than those who did not have sleep breathing problems, at an average age of 83 compared to 88.

The scientists also found that treating the problem saw significant results.

Dr Osorio said: ‘The findings were made in an observational study and as such, do not indicate a cause-and-effect relationship, The research team team did not establish exactly why heavy snoring might cause early dementia, but previous research has also established links between sleep disruption and dementia.

British charities last night welcomed the findings.

Dr Doug Brown, director of research and development at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘Most of us don’t think of snoring as something to be concerned about but frequent, loud snoring could be a sign of sleep apnoea – a disorder that affects breathing during sleep.’

Dr Simon Ridley of Alzheimer’s Research UK, added: ‘This study adds to evidence that disrupted breathing during sleep could be a risk factor for memory and thinking decline in older age. A good supply of oxygen to the brain is vital to keep it healthy and it is interesting to see that treatment of sleep apnoea was associated with a trend towards a later onset of memory and thinking problems.’

Do something about snoring NOW – and don’t forget – or later you might.

John Redfern


Does Technology help you to sleep better?

Some of it is expensive – but read on for news of free apps courtesy of SleepPro.

Nothing throws your day more than a lack of sleep the night before – whether caused by snoring, sleep apnoea, or another sleep disorder. It can ruin your concentration, make you impatient, and cause memory lapses and worse. Over the long term, sleep deprivation can lead to depression, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

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It can also be deadly. According to Health Authorities worldwide, people who only sleep 6 to 7 hours per night are twice as likely to be involved in a car accident as those who sleep 8 hours or more. Sleep less than 5 hours per night and you are four or five times more likely to be in a car accident. 30% of adults say they sleep an average of 6 hours, and millions more will have a sleep disorder at some point.

However, can technology can actually help sleep – and if so, at what price?

1. Sleep-recording gadgets. There’s been an explosion of gadgets that are designed to monitor your sleep and help you improve it. The market for these gadgets is predicted to be heading for large sums by 2017. ($125m/£85m)

Sense, for example, is a little orb that sits in your room monitoring noise, light, temperature, humidity and air particles, and can wake you up at the ideal part of your sleep cycle. A tiny clip attached to your pillow tracks your movements. In the morning, it can tell you through an Apple app how much sleep you really got, and if something in your environment is disturbing your rest. It’s currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter for $99/68 and will cost $88 /£60 when it ships in November.

Some similar monitors already available include Beddit ($149/£101), which also tracks your heart rate and breathing, and SleepRate ($100/£68), which has an app full of useful information plus a wearable heart rate sensor. Aura ($300/£205) is another upcoming gadget that not only monitors your sleep, but it cycles through light and sound programs to try and improve your sleep.

2. Sleep-recording apps. You may already have a sleep-improving gadget sitting next to you at night. I’m talking, of course, about your smartphone.

A sleep-recording app coupled with your smartphone’s sensors can give you a good idea of your sleep patterns. You usually just have to put your phone on the bed near your pillow and let it do the rest. However, never put your phone under your pillow or cover it with a blanket. The phone could overheat and catch on fire.

Some popular sleep-tracking apps are Sleep Better (Android, Apple; Free), SleepBot (Android, Apple, Free), Sleep Recorder (Windows: Free) and Sleep Cycle Alarm (Android, Apple; $1/£0.65). They all track your movements during sleep.

Do you snore – or do you talk in your sleep? Does your wife, husband or partner swear that they don’t snore? Sleep Recorder is an interesting Windows Phone app that records audio while you sleep and could help you answer those questions.

As well as recording your sleep cycles, Sleep Recorder also maps out where you’ve spent the night and uploads recordings to the cloud where they can be shared with others. Sleep Recorder is a unique app for your Windows Phone that can not only solve sleep related curiosities but also help identify sleep issues.

There is a free version of Sleep Recorder that is ad-supported in the Windows Phone Store. However if you want to buy a version that is advertisement free, Sleep Recorder Pro is also on the website at a special price of of $0.99 (£0.65).

Sleep Better includes a journal to keep track of sleep-affecting factors like diet, exercise and even your dreams. So it’s good for tracking down lifestyle choices that may be hurting your sleep.

SleepBot tracks your sleep like the others but also includes sound recording so you can detect problems like sleep apnea or find out what night-time sounds cause you to move around.

Sleep Cycle Alarm is the one to get if you generally sleep OK but seem to always wake up at a bad time. It uses your movements to predict the perfect time for you to wake up, and includes plenty of restful alarms.

Of course, using technology near bedtime is still a problem. The blue light from most screens tricks your brain into thinking it is daytime even when it isn’t. That’s why many sleep experts recommend shutting down your gadgets at least two hours before bedtime.

John Redfern

 


Oral appliances save relationships where a partner snores

In a recent survey more than a quarter of Americans recently confessed that a snoring bed partner makes them annoyed or angry and the figures for the UK are no different.

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According to a survey conducted on behalf of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) one in five people who were interviewed also stated that a snoring partner could easily drive them out of their bed as they so always needed a good night’s sleep.

People who snore frequently may find their intimate nights interrupted and their relationship as a whole at risk. Forty per cent of women claimed that snoring in the opposite sex is a turn-off, and nearly one in 10 adults admitted that snoring had hurt at least one of their romantic relationships.

It’s not limited to older age groups either. The demographic group aged from 35 – 44 reported the highest incidence of having sleep problems due to a snoring partner:

  • 43 % claimed their partner ruined their night’s sleep
  • 35% said it really annoyed them and made them irritable
  • 24% said they slept, or wished to sleep in separate rooms

Kathleen Bennett, AADSM president, made the following comment in a press release that accompanied the research findings. “Because it can be highly embarrassing, snoring can often be the elephant in the room when it comes to addressing relationship frustrations and health concerns.”

spouses of untreated sleep apnea sufferers. The AADSM is attempting to build awareness for oral appliance therapy (OAT) as an effective snoring and sleep apnea treatment option.  They wish to educate thousands of consumers about sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment, positioning the field of dental sleep medicine for more growth opportunities as patients seek out more information about sleep apnea and OAT.

In addition to causing couples to sleep apart, 45% of women said they worry about the health of their bed partner when they snore.

Snoring is a tell-tale sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a life-threatening condition that causes sufferers to stop breathing during sleep for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk for serious health problems ranging from congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and heart disease to diabetes, depression and impotence.

Using a continuous positive airway pressure machine, which includes a constantly running motor, tubing and a facemask, has traditionally treated sleep apnea. It is hard to adjust to and sleep with, but it is now more often recommended that milder cases of sleep apnea are treated with OAT – oral appliance therapy.

OAT uses a small mouthpiece device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway, which the AADSM says makes it a “sexier” treatment than a CPAP mask. Those women surveyed were twice as likely to prefer OAT to CPAP for a bed partner. Custom-made oral appliance devices prevent the airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw in a forward position. OAT is a proven, effective OSA treatment, and the devices also come with the perks of being silent, portable and simple to care for.

By using a device that is less cumbersome and more discreet, it is preferred both by the snorer and their partner, with many couples claiming that oral appliance therapy saved their marriage by giving the snorer more energy and better health, and allowing them both to sleep better and remain in a shared bed.

John Redfern

 


We need to wake up to the problems of obstructive sleep apnoea

General Practitioners need to be much more alert to the signs of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in their patients, after a UK survey highlighted the high prevalence of symptoms in the population.

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The survey in question was conducted by by OSA UK, and involved almost 2,000 UK adults aged 25 and over. The survey found that OSA affects one person in five in the UK. However, many of those who suffer from OSA go undiagnosed, as only 12 per cent of men and 6 per cent of women with OSA have ever contacted their GP about it.

The condition is related to obesity, and this proportion is expected to rise in forthcoming years. However, awareness of the condition is currently very low and rates of diagnosis and treatment are lower in the UK than almost all other developed countries.

Leading OSA researcher, Professor John Stradling, from the Sleep Unit at Oxford’s Churchill Hospital, said: ‘The major problem is that patients are often reluctant to talk to a doctor about snoring, or abnormal sleepiness or fatigue, in case they are not taken seriously.’

Berkshire GP, Dr Robert Koefman an ENT specialist, added that more public awareness about OSA was needed and he added that the condition could lead to heart and lung disease amongst other things. ‘At the moment any form of treatment is very much a postcode lottery,’ he said. ‘We need more specialist sleep centres where people can receive appropriate treatment.’

Snoring and OSA are quite deadly and have serious effects. From heart disease to diabetes to impotence, it appears that there is no end to what can be caused.

OSA becomes more likely as people become older, mainly because BMI tends to increase with age. Typically, patients start to present symptoms from 40 onwards and may show a history of gradual progression of these symptoms over the previous five to 10 years.

Common symptoms include unrefreshing sleep, daytime tiredness, the need to sleep, snoring, witnessed breath-holding events and a dry mouth or headache on waking.

As a result of the growing concern for the problem, it was even reviewed this month by Saga in their monthly Newsletter, which highlighted that OSA may be regarded as a nuisance, but it leads to high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke. It is also linked with a greatly increased risk of accidents at work and on the road caused by tiredness. The main contributory factors to the development of OSA are obesity, a large neck circumference (greater than 16 inches) and a lower mandibular retraction.

However many of us still do nothing to treat it – yet the treatment can be simple and highly effective if caught in good time.

Saga recommend wearing a mandibular advancement device (MAD) which they describe as a special gumshield to hold the lower jaw and tongue forward, creating more space to breathe normally by opening the previously blocked airway.

The most successful of these according to current research by the specialist research team at the leading NHS Hospital for this problem, Papworth, is the SleepPro Custom, a bespoke fitted mouthpiece which they recommend as the first line of treatment for snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnoea.

For those who have been identified with the problem, and referred for treatment, the hospital itself supplies other SleepPro stop snoring mouthpieces direct to patients, along with many other hospitals in the NHS system, which itself recognises SleepPro as an Approved product.

John Redfern


If you have high blood pressure you need to read this.

All data demonstrates that hypertension is almost unavoidable as we age, and once we reach the age of 55, we have a 90 per cent chance of becoming hypertensive. However that inevitability doesn’t mean we can’t do something about it. Step one is to modify your lifestyle: lose weight, exercise, and eat a wholesome diet – but there are other factors.Medical exam

What causes high blood pressure? The first culprits that pop into your mind are likely to be: eating too much salt, being stressed out all the time, and alcohol abuse. And you would be right. But there are also less obvious causes of high blood pressure, a condition that affects about one in three, or 78 million, adults in the U.S, and 15 million adults in the UK.

Sleep apnoea is one of these, and a common disorder that often goes undiagnosed, and leads to snoring, restless nights and possibly, elevated blood pressure. That’s because when your breathing is interrupted, the oxygen level in your body falls. Your brain then sends signals through your nervous system to increase the flow of oxygen to the heart and brain, thereby tightening up your blood vessels. Frequent drops in your blood oxygen level, along with reduced quality of sleep, can also trigger the release of stress hormones, which raise your heart rate and increase your risk for high blood pressure.

More than 45 per cent of Americans snore, and over 40 per cent of British adults do the same according to recent studies. Doctors, however say the common problem can be more than just a nuisance.

Recent research recently set out to find how reduced sleep quantity and quality could affect a person’s blood pressure. After monitoring their adult participants for 16 days, they found that when their subjects experienced prolonged periods of shorter sleep, they also registered substantially higher blood pressure numbers at night. While the size of the study was small, they presented their findings at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session in San Diego, California, on March 15th this year.

The healthy, normal-weight participants with ages ranging from 19 to 36 experienced a 4-day adjustment period before being split into two groups: one set who slept only four hours each night for nine days, and the other who slept for nine hours each night for those same nine days. They all also completed three days of recovery. Throughout the 16 days, the researchers monitored each subjects’ blood pressure 24 times throughout a daily cycle

Blood pressure levels naturally rise and fall in a circular pattern throughout the day. They tend to peak in the middle of the afternoon, and reach their lowest points in the middle of the night during one’s deep sleep. Now in this study, the sleep-restricted participants registered an average of 115/64 mm Hg during the night while their well-rested counterparts registered an average of 105/57 mm Hg. In addition to confirming that inadequate sleep limited the anticipated decrease in blood pressure with these figures, the experiment revealed a higher night-time heart rate in sleep-deprived subjects than those who experienced normal sleep.

We know that high blood pressure, particularly during the night, is one of the major risk factors for heart disease, and British and American adults typically do not get enough sleep.

This new study could also further demonstrate why sleep apnea is always considered a common contributor to high blood pressure. According to the National Sleep Foundation, this often-undiagnosed sleeping disorder creates pauses in a person’s breathing that lead to snoring and restless nights. That resulting decrease in sleep quantity and quality can lead to hypertension and heart disease, as well as possible mood and memory problems.

In the mild to moderate cases, patients are recommended to use quality bespoke oral appliances that are medically approved. These improve breathing and in doing so prevent the occurrence of apneas, and even reverse some issues already caused.

John Redfern


New research shows the impact of mouth breathing as a cause of snoring

If you sleep on your back, then you are more likely to snore than if you sleep on your side because of the effects of gravity on the upper airway. Basically, the tongue and soft palate fall back into the throat, narrowing the airway.

Alternatively if you usually sleep through the night with your mouth open, you probably snore just as much – but for different reasons.

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If this is the case a stop snoring oral appliance is the most beneficial way to prevent the problem. These are mouthpieces that are worn at night to hold the lower jaw and tongue forward, making more space to breathe.

However if you’ve been a heavy snorer for some time, there may have been damage to the nerves and muscles of the upper airway meaning that they’re more prone to collapse. This restricts the airway and vibrates the tissue of the tongue, causing it to block the airway and preventing you from breathing. This is called obstructive sleep apnoea, a condition that leads to interrupted breathing during sleep, and ­literally means “without breath”.

It affects around 4% of middle-aged men and 2% of middle-aged women, and studies indicate that 60% of those over 65 have OSA. Those affected stop breathing for periods of 10 seconds or more before waking with a loud snore or snort as the brain registers a lack of oxygen. Special oral appliances can be used to prevent this, or even to reverse it, and can be used by the majority of sufferers who have it in mild or moderate form. Chronic sufferers need special medical help. However, if it is left untreated, it can increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and even heart attack or stroke.

When we breathe in through the nose, air passes over the curved part of the soft palate in a gentle flow into the throat without creating unnecessary turbulence. When we breathe in through the mouth however, air hits the back of the throat ‘full on’ creating ­enormous vibrations in the soft tissue.

The most effective and reliable solution is a Chin Support Strap which, when worn at night, will help you to breathe through your nose.

A new online survey of American adults in February 2015 showed that a massive 61% of respondents identify themselves as mouth breathers, and when partners are taken into account it shows that 71% of beds are host to at least one mouth breather.

The most common signs of mouth breathing reported were being awoken by nasal congestion (75%) waking up dry-mouthed (61%) and snoring (37%).

The survey found that mouth breathing impacts the quality of sleep (64%) nearly as much as stress (69%). Mouth breathing impacts sleep more than a partner’s snoring (53%), noise (52%), and an irregular sleep schedule (51%).

Poor sleep can have a dramatic impact on energy, concentration and mood the next day and often can affect the sleep of a bed partner. The majority of respondents believe their (76%) or their partner’s (63%) mouth breathing has had a significant negative impact on how well they slept and according to the survey, more than 6 in 10 discussed the mouth-breathing problem with their partner.

Additional survey findings include:

  • Of mouth breathers surveyed, 54% reported they did not get a good night’s sleep the night before.
  • 56% reported they wake up at least two times each night due to mouth breathing.
  • Nearly three-quarters of participants who share a bed with a mouth breather said they are woken up at least once per night by their partner’s mouth breathing.
  • 59% of respondents sleep next to a mouth breather and 47% believe it impacts their ability to get a good night’s sleep.

If it’s you, or your sleep partner, try out a comfortable and problem-solving Chin Support Strap and wake up as fresh as a daisy after undisturbed sleep.

John Redfern


Will you give her what she really wants for Mother’s Day?

Not only is it International Woman’s Day this week, but Mothering Sunday also looms large on the horizon and the usual question comes to mind for all sons, daughters, partners and husbands.

Q. What does she want for Mother’s Day to make her feel appreciated and happy?

However, we shouldn’t really have to ask, as doing so would take away the magic, the surprise and the pleasure – and we ought to know in any case.

Should it be a lovely card, a bouquet of flowers, a potted plant, a delicious box of chocolates, her favourite wine, or a meal out to mark the occasion? Actually it should be none of these and lots of research has been done very extensively to prove it – and to find out what she wants most of all.

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A.   She says she wants a really good night’s sleep.

2,000 adults were asked the question and they almost all commented on how much they slept – and whether it was undisturbed quality sleep.

Many mothers are simply hoping for the rare opportunity to stay in bed this Sunday, which seems like a fairly simple idea, but given the daily stresses and strains of normal work and home-life, many mothers simply don’t get the required amount of sleep each night.

Women only average just over 6 hours restful sleep per night and ideally they would love, and say they need around seven and a half hours, which is a level that research also suggests as it is the optimum amount for good health.

The University scientists who conducted this exercise found that just one week of poor sleep can seriously disrupt hundreds of genes that are closely linked to stress, immunity, and inflammation. We know the immediate sign of a lack of sleep all too well; and that is irritability, but it can be much worse.

Experts believe that insufficient sleep has become a worldwide epidemic, with chronic sleep deprivation linked to such serious medical problems as obesity, diabetes, cancer and immune deficiency. Obesity and weight gain of course can be a key cause of disturbed sleep through snoring and that is something that will accelerate these serious illnesses through oxygen deprivation to the brain, and lead on to obstructive sleep apnoea. Previous US research even found lack of could double the signs of skin ageing.

Other interesting key facts emerged which highlight the size of this problem for women, because although we always regard the man as the villain, particularly for snoring, that doesn’t seem to be the case any more.

·         More men than women are woken up by their partners – 11.5 per cent versus nine per cent

·         Snoring by a female partner kept one in ten awake while a further seven per cent suffered because of their own snoring

As a further sign that things have changed, more and more women are now bringing sleep-related concerns to their doctors, but the statistics aren’t pointing to the real problems that exist.  Men with the condition are likely to report snoring, snorting, or even waking up and gasping for breath – something that can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, and a dangerous condition. Women, on the other hand, are more likely to report fatigue, depression and un-refreshing sleep  – and overlook the fact that snoring plays a major part in this problem.

Many couples think they can solve the problem by sleeping apart but this only covers it up and doesn’t really change things. Simple mouthpieces, available for both men and women, are now widely used at night to stop snoring. Thousands of these SleepPro NHS Approved oral appliances are used throughout the UK and even issued and recommended by our leading hospitals and clinics – and they will safeguard your future health, and bring the refreshed feeling and a smile back to the morning awakening, simply by preventing dangerous snoring.

John Redfern