Men and women finally agree about snoring – it’s worse than anything

A new survey published this week has revealed that snoring, leaving the toilet seat up, and hogging the duvet are among the top ten worst habits of couples living together in today’s society.

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One of Britain’s largest property companies has recently published the findings of some special research that they have conducted amongst couples, both married and co-habiting, in order to discover each other’s opinions on their partner’s worst habits.

For both men and women, the number one annoyance is Snoring.

This is something that we might expect to hear from a woman as snoring has long been regarded as a serious male problem, leading to sleeping apart, and also being the third most common reason for divorce.

It’s new however to hear this criticism of women in respect of them snoring. Changes in lifestyle have caused this and many women now suffer from snoring, and at a much younger age. They are eating differently, drinking more, exercising less and as a result they are generally carrying more weight than they used to which is one of the primary causes of snoring. In addition, they actually are more aware and concerned, and readily own up much more. Many more women now seek Stop Snoring solutions as a result.

Here’s what they thought about how they irritated each other, other than a lucky third who didn’t have a single complaint – as yet:

Women’s top 10 complaints about living with their partner:

  1. Snoring
  2. Leaving clothes on the floor
  3. Leaving the toilet seat up
  4. Not doing the washing up
  5. Hogging the remote
  6. Leaving lights on
  7. Leaving wet towels on the floor
  8. How rubbish their partner is at cooking
  9. Taking too long to get ready in the bathroom
  10. Playing computer games

Men’s top 10 complaints about living with their partner:

  1. Snoring
  2. Taking too long to get ready in the bathroom
  3. Leaving lights on
  4. Leaving clothes on the floor
  5. Leaving hair in the shower drain
  6. Always on social media
  7. Not doing the washing up
  8. Hogging the duvet
  9. Never taking the bins out
  10. How rubbish their partner is at cooking.

The great news is that snoring can be easily stopped rather than letting it deteriorate and even cause a divorce, or worse still result in some serious life-threatening health problems such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular related illnesses, and many others that are related to it.

All you need to do is wear a simple mouthpiece at night when you sleep – and the snoring will stop. Peace will reign in the household again. You’ll sleep better and feel better too. Harmony prevails.

SleepPro make a range of highly rated oral appliances that are medically approved, and have a 98% success rate, including one especially for women.

By John Redfern


Waistlines continue to expand – and snoring is held responsible.

According to recent data this is happening despite obesity having appeared to be reaching a plateau. Extensive research suggests that the average adult waist size increased by more than 1in (2.5cm) between 1999 and 2012 but figures for obesity as defined by body mass index (BMI) changed little over the same period.

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Factors such as snoring causing a lack of sleep are getting the blame and in all, 25% of the UK population now suffers from some form of sleep disorder that results in excessive daytime sleepiness.

Very accurate figures from the USA show that the average male waist size is now 40 inches, and 38 inches for women – and the UK is rarely far behind.

Current UK figures estimate that there are now around 15 million snorers and one third of these are women. The female percentage of the total is also growing. In addition, research reveals that two thirds of partners normally only manage between three and five hours sleep a night usually because those sharing a bed with a ‘simple’ snorer can have to endure noise which can reach as much as 100 decibels.

 

Many women are now admitting to having a ‘simple’ snoring problem for the very first time.Are you a woman and do you snore? If so, we would like to hear from you or your partner to hear your different viewpoints.

 

So-called “simple” snoring is much more common than obstructive sleep apnoea, but it can be more difficult to treat. There are plenty of adverts in newspapers and on websites for devices ‘guaranteed’ to stop you snoring!  But do they work? The answer is probably not. The only stop snoring device approved by medical experts is the mouthpiece, or oral appliance, sometimes called an MAD – or a mandibular adjustment or advancement device to give it the correct full title.

The mandibular device eases the lower jaw forward onto the upper jaw, so that there’s more space at the back of the throat and breathing is easier. Simple things like losing weight, not drinking alcohol or taking sedatives 4 hours before going to sleep can help.  There is little evidence to show that surgery – which was in vogue about 10 years ago – actually works.

Snoring occurs when the soft palate tissue at the back of the throat relaxes too much, obstructing the entrance to the throat. As air tries to pass through, the soft palate vibrates and produces the snoring sound.

The problem may get worse with age but one of the main causes is size and body shape. People with short wide necks are most prone to snoring because the muscles around their windpipe can’t support the fat around it when the person is asleep. As a general rule, anyone with a collar size of 16.5 inches or more is likely to snore.

Other snorers may have poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat, with muscles that are too relaxed and so contribute to snoring. It may be due to large throat tissue. Children with large tonsils often snore. It could also be an obstructed nasal passageway. People with blocked noses often snore.

But it can be stopped – a simple oral appliance will do that immediately for most people, bringing you a wide range of health benefits, better rest, and if this is combined with a simple weight loss programme then great results can be achieved by anyone.

A much healthier life follows when you start to use a mouthpiece.

By John Redfern


Treating Sleep Apnoea can balance the NHS budget

Can the NHS cut costs and meet rising expectations?  Treating OSA could save it £28 billion per year and the diagram below shows how cutting down the treatment being required for so many health issues could do it.

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In all cases these are the Government’s own figures that are being used.

Although all the major political parties have pledged to protect the NHS from spending cuts, after a period of unprecedented growth there is now the prospect of a both a funding freeze, or close to it, and cut backs in some vital services including A&E. and the provision of some life-extending drugs. Other changes include elderly care, with more having to be done at home under family supervision at the individual’s own cost.

This would be the most austere period for the NHS in over thirty years.  Even with funding held constant, rising demands from an ageing population, together with higher public expectations driven by clinical developments, mean there is likely to be a substantial “funding gap” to be met by improvements in ‘productivity and efficiency’ – for want of a better term.  The NHS Chief Executive estimates that savings of around £25 billion will be required to maintain the quality of care that is currently on offer.

In last week’s Westminster debate, Government figures stated emphatically that improved and more widespread treatment of OSA would save the NHS £28 billion per year if it happened. Other countries have adopted this type of treatment plan and success stories are already in existence – yet we lag behind. Other nations are training both doctors and dentists to understand sleep apnoea better, and treat it, but it’s not happening here as yet.

The good news is that rather than wait until obstructive sleep apnoea is so severe that it demands supervised medical care, including the costly use of CPAP, a pump that is used all night to force air through a face mask, it can be stopped easily – and often reversed as well.

Mild and moderate OSA sufferers need only to undertake a programme of simple oral appliance therapy to do this. This recent recommendation was made by a team of medical experts at the UK’s leading specialist centre for sleep disorders. Papworth Hospital is world-renowned in its field and it leads the way as Britain’s top heart and lung specialist hospital, as well as having the largest respiratory support and sleep centre in the UK.

The team at Papworth tested a range of different types of oral appliances and stated that SleepPro Custom should be used as the foremost appliance to treat mild OSA, and also that it should replace CPAP for moderate OSA sufferers – particularly the many who disliked the uncomfortable side effects of CPAP, and often stopped using it because of this.

If you do this for yourself, and the NHS does the same in its turn, then not only will it safeguard your future health, but also free up NHS budget for other things. It’s a very small cost to extend or even save your life.

By John Redfern


UK Parliament debates sleep apnoea and the costs to the NHS

Earlier this month, British members of parliament (MPs) held a debate on the steps that the government should take to facilitate the better diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

The BBC recorded the 30-minute debate in full and a link to this is provided at the foot of this article if you wish to view and hear it online.

Debate on Sleep Apnoea

Julie Hilling, Labour MP for Bolton West, led the debate and stated. ”We need to make both the public and medical practitioners aware,” Hilling said after relating stories of several constituents who suffered with delayed sleep apnoea diagnoses.

The cost savings to the NHS of treating OSA patients would be enormous, Hilling said. “Currently we estimate that only 22% of all OSA patients are treated across the UK. If we were to Increase diagnosis and treatment rates to 45% of all OSA patients—just 45%—this could yield an annual saving of over 28 billion pounds to the NHS.” “It seems to me the time for talking is over…It’s now time to take action,” said Hilling in conclusion before passing the debate to the Health Minister.

Health Minister Norman Lamb replied that he agrees about the need to raise awareness and understanding, not just among the general public but also particularly among general practitioners. He concluded by saying the economic case demonstrates that better preventative work will save the system massive amounts of money and improve constituents’ lives both in quality and length.

At SleepPro we have often focused on OSA and Health Costs – not only for maintaining quality of life and good care for the more elderly members of our community, but also for cutting back on a wide range of the major illnesses including Cancer, Coronary Disease, Diabetes and some of the other serious illnesses at a younger age level. OSA does not discriminate and exists at all ages – even in babies.

The NHS is costing us all significantly more each year and statistics show that with higher unemployment and more people on Pension and State Benefits, the Government need to make the public aware of the increasing burden on the taxpayer and the possible resultant lowering of service provision.

Reducing snoring and other major sleep disorders can help significantly in taking pressure off the soaring NHS budgets and that can help us all.

Leading specialists estimate that 200,000 people in the UK suffer from sleep apnoea, but many however are totally unaware they have the condition, and only one in five get the appropriate treatment – and that figure excludes the many millions of snorers whose health suffers as a consequence of doing so – again a problem ignored by the majority.

They state that “Widespread availability of resources to diagnose and treat sleep apnoea patients are urgently needed to reduce the crippling health and economic burden of this condition. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of people with sleep apnoea is of paramount importance.”

If you suspect that you suffer from this condition – act now – and read this website for more details of the condition. Using a simple oral appliance, like a sports gum shield, could save your life or that of your partner.

The SleepPro Custom does exactly that and is not only NHS Approved, but has been recently researched alongside other products by Papworth Hospital’s specialist medical team, and is recommended by them as being the leading recommended solution for OSA and snoring.

LINK to Parliament Debate

By John Redfern


Stopping Snoring • True Stories

As specialists in helping to eliminate sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnoea we regularly hear from people about their problems and experiences and it’s rewarding to know that we have improved sleep and breathing issues for so many people over the years. We are privileged to hear personal stories that remind me of the importance of helping people get good sleep and the role sleep plays in the quality of their lives and the lives of those we love. Our sleep not only affects both our  short and long term health but also our perspective on life, our happiness and our ability to enjoy each and every day. We are often given a glimpse of the impact that improved sleep has had on their lives by eliminating or reducing serious snoring problems so I would like to share some of these stories with you.

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The first story comes from a married couple who travel a great deal in the summer providing specialist back up as chefs to hotels in the busy summer period when there are more visitors, and of course the usual flurry of weddings. Oral appliance therapy provided the ideal solution for their different, yet related, health and sleep concerns. He has successfully used an MAD for snoring and moderate obstructive sleep apnoea, and her upper airway resistance syndrome and morning headaches have been resolved by using a simpler mouthpiece. Last summer they visited 10 different hotels only to discover that they and only one other couple were able to sleep in the same room together! They hadn’t realised how widespread the effect of snoring and OSA was on couples and their intimacy, and they were grateful to have taken the simple steps to get the problem solved.

Secondly, a father and his daughter attend a family reunion together each year. Last summer his snoring had become so unbearable in the night that her only reprieve was on the other side of the hotel’s bathroom door. He awoke to find his young daughter curled up in the bottom of the cold bathtub asleep. While impressed with her resourcefulness, it broke his heart to think that she was so desperate to escape his snoring she would abandon the comfort of her bed to get any semblance of sleep that night. But it was not in vain because it finally prompted him to find a solution. It was a timely event because he realised he was suffering from mild sleep apnoea. A year later, after sleeping by using an oral appliance, he is healthier and far more energetic. During this year’s annual reunion trip, his daughter was amazed by her father’s quiet and peaceful sleep throughout the night. She got to sleep in the comfort of a real bed and enjoy her time with her father this year … and we hope this will be for many years to come!

The final story comes from a typical loving couple who simply could not sleep together anymore. Over the years, his loud snoring had driven them apart and into separate bedrooms. Understandably her partner’s snoring led to her irritability and lack of energy, which prevented them from enjoying their life together. He went ahead and acquired a custom fitted mouthpiece without telling his wife, and when it arrived, she was furious at first that he had spent the money. It seemed he was in the doghouse, but he was almost immediately redeemed after just one night. His snoring stopped and his wife had the first quiet restful sleep in years. He had given her the best gift possible – a good night’s sleep!

Stories like these are not uncommon – we hear them all the time. Yet 80 per cent of people who struggle and suffer from unresolved pain and sleep problems remain undiagnosed. That’s why patients like this need to share their stories to help other people live healthier and happier lives.

By John Redfern


Sleep apnoea is a risk factor for strokes

“Sleep apnoea is one step removed from the heart attack or stroke — it’s what the sleep apnoea does to the circulatory system and heart that causes the stroke,”

Dr. Belen Esparis, who is the Medical Director of the Mount Sinai Medical Centre for Sleep Disorders in Miami, USA, has seen many patients who have been in car accidents after falling asleep at the wheel, and others who have developed abnormal heart rhythm, and they all have one thing in common. They all suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea, a common sleep disorder characterized by interruptions in breathing during sleep, which can occur as many as 100 times per hour.

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This sleeping disorder mostly affects people aged 40 and older, often who are overweight. More men than women suffer from the sleeping disorder, but it becomes more common amongst both sexes as they age.  It can however be found in younger people – and even children and teenagers.

Sleep apnoea is known to cause a range of cardiovascular, neurological and behavioural problems, including high blood pressure, heart attacks, poor memory, Diabetes Type II, lack of concentration and depression.

It is also known to be a serious risk factor for strokes.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted, depriving the brain of the vital oxygen supply. A stroke may of course be caused by a narrowed or blocked artery supplying blood to the brain or by a burst blood vessel in the brain.

The interruptions in breathing that characterize sleep apnoea also lead to low oxygen levels in the blood and brain.

“Sleep apnoea triggers a series of responses in the body as a result of low oxygen levels,” Dr. Esparis said. “One of them is hypertension — an increase in blood pressure.”

Hypertension associated with sleep apnoea occurs because of the strain that low oxygen levels in the blood and brain place on the cardiovascular system. As high blood pressure is an independent risk for stroke, sleep apnoea becomes an indirect cause of stroke.

It is important to note that the effect of sleep apnoea on the circulatory system and all the bodily processes associated with low oxygen levels and hypertension will not put people at risk for stroke from one day to the next. It takes several years or even decades of all these things running in the background to make a stroke happen.

To eliminate the potential for strokes and other risks associated with low oxygen levels in the body, sleep apnoea must be treated. In extreme cases, continuous positive airway pressure machines, known as CPAP, use nose masks and a hose connected to the machine to deliver pressurized air to the lungs throughout the night.

For overweight patients who are at risk – or who suffer from less extreme forms of sleep apnoea, the medically recommended route is to use oral appliance therapy and not CPAP, which many patients dislike.

For mild to moderate cases of sleep apnoea, specially fitted mouthpieces such as the SleepPro Custom are available without prescription and these will eliminate snoring and apnoea problems immediately. They will also feel comfortable as they are custom fitted to the shape of your mouth and will allow you to sleep well. Couple this new found sleep regime with a simple programme of weight loss and the whole problem of sleep apnoea and the associated health problems will stop and is even reversible.

By John Redfern


How badly do you snore – it could be the death of you.

Daytime sleepiness has become an accepted consequence of our busy lives today. We overload our schedules, stay up too late, and even sleep with our smartphones by the bedside. We then walk around yawning and guzzling coffee to stay awake the next day. But if having a short nap now and then doesn’t relieve your daytime sleepiness, then your lifestyle may not be the culprit — it could be obstructive sleep apnoea – not to be confused with simple snoring.

Yawning coffee woman in morning

Obstructive sleep apnoea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax too much when you are asleep. This lets the tissues around your throat close in and block the airway. You stop breathing for a few seconds (this pause in breathing is called apnea). Your brain has to wake you up because of this so you gasp or change positions to unblock the airway. You aren’t even aware it’s happening. These stop-breathing episodes can occur dozens of times per hour, making you feel tired the next day. Even worse, they increase your blood pressure and heart rate, putting stress on the cardiovascular system and increasing your risk for a stroke along with other serious things like Diabetes.

You probably think you’re just snoring but it’s something far more serious.

Several million people in the UK have obstructive sleep apnoea — and many millions more don’t know they have it. The occurrence of this is rising rapidly and over three quarters of cases of obstructive sleep apnoea remain undiagnosed. It’s happening because more and more of us are overweight or obese and too much fat in the neck can add to airway blockage during your sleep.

Daytime sleepiness is just one sign of obstructive sleep apnoea. Others include:

  • Loud snoring, often accompanied by gasping for breath
  • A bed partner observing pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty staying asleep

Some people don’t want to deal with the problem by having the old-style treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, which often includes wearing a mask at night that uses forced air to keep your airway unblocked. This is known as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). They just can’t face doing that.

However newer treatments using simple oral appliances, or mouthpieces like in sport, are now recommended. They are equally effective for those of us who are sufferers of either mild or moderate sleep apnoea – and that tends to be most of the people who have the problem. Acute sufferers still need to use CPAP, but if you start with a mouthpiece now – then you’ll probably never need to use CPAP, as sleep apnoea can not only be halted but also reversed.

If you have any of the listed symptoms or risk factors along with daytime sleepiness, it’s time to wake up to the possibility that you’re not just snoring but may have obstructive sleep apnoea. So start thinking about getting treatment for your snoring and sleep apnoea. It can make your sleep, and your health, much better. The SleepPro Custom mouthpiece is medically recommended in recent UK Hospital tests. It is an approved NHS product, and is available without fuss or prescription – specially made and fitted for your mouth to ensure maximum comfort and high effectiveness. You’d be wise to check it out.

By John Redfern


NEW RESEARCH RECOMMENDS SLEEPPRO CUSTOM MOUTHPIECE FOR SLEEP APNOEA

The SleepPro Custom mouthpiece is now medically recommended for OSA sufferers.

A new independent clinical study has just been carried out by a leading research team based at Papworth Hospital, the purpose of which was to evaluate the success of a selection of oral appliances to treat obstructive sleep apnoea. Papworth Hospital is world-renowned in its field and it leads the way as Britain’s top heart and lung specialist hospital, as well as having the largest respiratory support and sleep centre in the UK.

The research had two main objectives. These were firstly to test the clinical effectiveness of each MAD that was used, and secondly to assess the cost effectiveness of each when evaluated against a basis of no treatment.

Three main types of MAD were tested and these included less expensive types that had been self-moulded, mid-priced ones that were semi-bespoke, and also the more expensive fully bespoke versions. The research panel only comprised those sufferers with had symptoms of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea.

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Of the trialed versions, semi-bespoke types such as the SleepPro Custom were by far the most effective with regards to both cost, and clinical effectiveness and improvement. The SleepPro Custom device headed the tables in each aspect of the test.

As a result the two key recommendations for the semi-bespoke appliances such as the SleepPro Custom version, which was actually selected and used in the trial, are as follows:

  • Semi-bespoke appliances should be offered as first line treatment for mild OSA
  • Semi-bespoke appliances should be offered as an alternative   to CPAP for moderate OSA

Although some oral appliances have been used to treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) for a good while in many countries, they have still continued to be prescribed much less frequently than CPAP, as previously there was little definitive proof of their efficacy – until now.  These new findings and the clear conclusions of this vital new research have now been published in the British Medical Journal, and should affect the treatment of OSA worldwide in future years.

Any mild or moderate OSA sufferer can now use the SleepPro Custom mouthpiece with the reassurance of knowing that it is recommended for its high degree of effectiveness in treating obstructive sleep apnoea, and they need no longer struggle with the many other problems they find with CPAP. The benefits for the mild to moderate OSA sufferer are immense. Efficacy and comfort for the user obviously leads the way, along with a real ease of use and true convenience, coupled with major cost advantages.

The SleepPro Custom that was used and tested in this research is a special mouthpiece made from a laboratory-grade impression of your own teeth, which means that you can expect a perfect fit. It’s thin, it’s comfortable, and the great news now is that it will not only help you to stop snoring but also combat the severe dangers of sleep apnoea.

It will be much easier to travel with this simple small mouthpiece than a cumbersome kit, either on business, or on holiday, knowing that its efficacy matches that of a CPAP mask and oxygen system. Using CPAP can be off putting to many sufferers for a number of other reasons such as the drying of the mouth and throat, and of course, claustrophobia.

If you snore heavily, or you suffer from mild to moderate OSA, then it’s really time to switch to the SleepPro Custom; something that might prove to be a true life-saving move.

SleepPro appliances are NHS approved, and the full range offers you an effective and appropriate oral appliance to suit your particular stop snoring or OSA needs, and they come at a price that you can easily afford.

By John Redfern

 


Are you overweight – massive increase in obesity reported

The number of people in the world who are obese or overweight has topped 2.1 billion, up from 875 million in 1980, the latest figures published in the Lancet show, and the figures include children as well as adults.

Researchers across the world were organised by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in Washington, in a study that they said is the most comprehensive to date.  Scientists analysed data from surveys, such as from the World Health Organization, government websites, and reviewed “all articles” about the numbers of obese or overweight people in the world.

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The study said rates of obesity were rising across the world, although the rates in developed countries remain the highest.

Not one single country is succeeding in treating it and it is a rapidly worsening problem. In the study of 188 countries, the top ten accounted for over 50% of those regarded as seriously overweight or obese. The USA, China and Russia had the highest rates and the UK was third in Western Europe – but higher if young women alone were analysed.

For several years it’s something we’ve stressed on this website and will continue to do so as the problem is so closely related to snoring. Obesity is one of the main causes of snoring because tissue in the throat relaxes and the resultant vibration when air is forced through produces the sound we all know well – loud snoring. This restricts the vital supply of oxygen to the body.

Health risks posed by snoring have a significant impact on an individual’s overall health and life expectancy, according to medical experts. Snoring can also result from sleep apnoea and is linked to a variety of other health disorders. When considering the health risks associated with snoring, bear in mind that individuals whose snoring is caused by severe sleep apnoea have a 40 per cent higher risk of early death than non-snorers. If an individual has been diagnosed with sleep apnoea or is aware of an issue with snoring, there are numerous conditions linked to snoring and sleep apnoea that affected individuals and their family should know be aware of.

Health data suggests the louder and longer a person snores each night, the greater their long-term risk for a stroke. This correlation has been proven especially true in cases where patients experience daytime sleepiness or if their breathing stops during sleep, both of which are signs of sleep apnoea.

Other health concerns, such as high blood pressure, diabetes type 2, coronary artery disease, and other cardiovascular problems, have also been linked to sleep apnoea.

Prof John Newton, chief knowledge officer at Public Health England, said poor nutrition and lack of exercise were a big risk factor in Britain’s most deprived areas and PHE ran campaigns to help families be healthy, more active, and cut down on fat and sugar, he said.

He added: “Obesity is a complex issue that requires action at national, local, family and individual level; everyone has a role to play in improving the health and well-being of the public, and children in particular.”

Action should focus both on losing weight, fitness, and cutting out snoring, in order to produce a healthier nation and also to remove the current heavy financial burden from the NHS.

John Redfern


Two new studies underline the health risks of snoring

Whatever your age, or your current state of health, the warning that is given to you loud and clear by heavy snoring cannot and should not be overlooked.

Check-up time

Check-up time during pregnancy – and later in life for diabetes

Half of pregnant women who have hypertension and snore have OSA
New research shows that1 in 2 hypertensive pregnant women who habitually snore may have unrecognized obstructive sleep apnoea, a sleeping disorder that can reduce blood oxygen levels during the night and that has been linked to serious health conditions.

Habitual snoring, which is where snoring happens three or more nights a week, is the hallmark symptom of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), which has been shown to increase in frequency during pregnancy. And affect up to one-third of women by the third trimester

In addition, one in four hypertensive pregnant women who don’t snore also unknowingly suffer from the same sleeping disorder, according to the study that appears in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

“Our findings show that a substantial proportion of hypertensive pregnant women have obstructive sleep apnea and that habitual snoring may be one of the most telling signs to identify this risk early in order to improve health outcomes. Prompt recognition, evaluation, and management can only improve health benefits for both mothers and babies.”
Sleep apnoea linked to diabetes in largest ever study
This was a long-term study of over 8,000 adults from 1994 right up to 2111 and the findings were published online ahead of publication in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Patients with OSA were tracked for diabetes throughout this period and the results were conclusive. Previous studies have been on a smaller scale and also for shorter periods so this new study now leaves no doubt of the OSA-Diabetes relationship.

Patients were classified into groups of differing OSA severity according to how many pauses in breathing, or apnoeas, they suffered per hour of their sleep:

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5 or less          Non-sufferers of OSA                     Control Group

5 to 15           Mild sufferers of OSA                     Risk of diabetes 23% higher

15-30              Moderate sufferers of OSA          Risk of diabetes 23% higher

30 plus           Severe sufferers of OSA                Risk of diabetes 30% higher
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The main results showed almost 12% of all patients who snored heavily and most likely had OSA developed diabetes. Those sufferers who fell into the Mild or Moderate Groups had a 23% higher risk of developing diabetes than Non-sufferers, whilst those in the Severe group had a risk that was as much as 30% higher.

The following statement was made to sum up the findings:

“After adjusting for other potential causes, we were able to demonstrate a significant association between OSA severity and the risk of developing diabetes, Our findings that prolonged oxygen desaturation, shorter sleep time and higher heart rate were associated with diabetes are consistent with the mechanisms thought to underlie the relationship between OSA and diabetes.”

“These findings may allow for early preventative interventions in these patients.”

If you snore heavily, and gasp for breath, with the consequence of disturbed sleep, you should take immediate steps to correct your breathing pattern, and this will prove highly beneficial to your future health. The solution may be as simple as wearing a simple oral appliance.

John Redfern