How to sleep better and prevent snoring and sleep apnoea

The average person spends one third of their life sleeping but studies suggest that almost half of us suffers from some form of sleep deprivation, with one half of that number doing nothing to help themselves sleep better.

Sleep deprivation, often caused by snoring, and in its worst form sleep apnoea, has been shown conclusively to contribute to depression, premature skin aging, increased stress, and serious impairment of both concentration and judgement. Worse still it is known to make a major contribution to diabetes, heart disease and strokes.

Sleeping Positions

While medication and therapy are possible solutions, getting better sleep may be as simple as finding the right sleep position and wearing a simple mouthpiece that will stop you snoring immediately.

You probably already know that the position you sleep in has a lot to do with how well you sleep — but did you know just how many pros and cons come along with each one? Of course, once we fall asleep, we may not have a lot of control over which position into which we curl our bodies… but it’s still kind of nice to know what’s going on while we’re asleep.

During sleep, our body should be resting not stressing and here are the best three positions for sleeping:

Side Sleeper
Pros – the foetal position, or sleeping on your side is the most widely used sleeping position. Some say that it is the most comfortable sleeping position because it reminds our body and brain of the comfort while inside our mother’s womb.  Sleeping on the side helps reduce acid reflux and heartburn. But which side is best?  For women who are pregnant, doctors suggest sleeping on the left because it is said to improve the circulation of the heart.
Cons – the first to suffer is the arm – right or left – whichever side you choose to lie on. The arm suffers numbness due to the compressed circulation in the blood vessels while the whole body rests upon it.

Stomach Sleeper – This can be usually observed in babies but this could not be done by pregnant women, for obvious reasons.
Pros – there are only two known advantages of sleeping in this position and those are the eradication of snoring and prevention for those people suffering with sleep apnoea.
Cons – a lot. Sleeping your stomach disrupts body functions while sleeping.  It is also one of the causes for spinal misalignment.  If you are suffering from lower back pain it may be because you have been sleeping this way. While sleeping on your stomach, the head is turned in order for you to breath.  This causes neck strains.  Chest pains can also be felt after sleeping in this position for long periods.
The cure – train yourself to sleep on your side. Put a pillow on your side to gently push your body to move while you sleep.  Or put a pillow below your hips to assist your spine while sleeping on stomach position.

Back Sleeper – the best position ever!
Pros – sleeping on your back has a lot of benefits especially for your spine. It maintains the alignment of your spine and neck. If you are worried about wrinkles then this position is best way to avoid getting them while you sleep since the face is devoid of any crushing.
Cons – for those suffering from snoring and sleep apnoea, sleeping on your back promotes this. Gravity is the culprit.  Sleeping on your back forces the tongue to move back, blocking air passages.  Using a good pillow works, but not too many, since a curved neck during sleep also blocks the air passageways.

We usually sleep in the position that we find most comfortable but during the night it changes, and most of the time, we wake up in a different position than the one in which we fell asleep.

Add the stop snoring mouthpiece to this – for which we have many times stressed the benefits – and blissful sleep awaits you followed by a refreshing feeling each morning.

John Redfern

Why Snoring Shouldn't Be Ignored

People who snore believe that their partners are the ones most affected by their nightly symphonies. After all, they’re the ones kept awake while the culprit remains blissfully unaware. But snoring can be more than just an annoyance; it can be a symptom of serious health problems that are both dangerous and life threatening.

Of course, there are many reasons why people snore and not all of them are chronic or hazardous to your health. If you sleep alone, you may not even be aware that you’re “sawing logs” on a regular basis. Here’s how to know if you or a loved one is at risk for snoring-related health problems and what to do about it.

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Why We Snore Snoring can happen for a variety of reasons, but all are connected with the obstruction of the airway. Most often, muscles in the roof of the mouth, known as the soft palate, or the back of the throat, relax and partially block the flow of air.

This occurs when people sleep on their back instead of their side, after a few drinks before bed because alcohol relaxes muscles, or when they have nasal congestion due to allergies or a cold. In fact, about half of adults snore at least some of the time, and it’s usually not dangerous, because most of the time we still get enough air to function normally.

But other snoring triggers are harder to fix. For example, having an enlarged uvula (the ball of tissue hanging in the back of your mouth), a large tongue, or being overweight – especially for men, since they tend to gain weight around their necks. All these raise your risk for obstructive sleep apnoea, a condition in which the heart isn’t able to get enough oxygen to function properly.

Spotting Sleep Apnoea Symptoms Between 5 and 15 per cent of middle-aged adults probably suffer from sleep apnoea although it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. Unfortunately studies show strong associations between sleep apnoea and high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions.

For people with sleep apnoea, airway obstruction is so severe that breathing slows to a trickle. It may even stop for seconds at a time. These episodes are called apnoeas, at which point the brain sends alert signals to the body, forcing a gasp, a gag or an extra powerful snore. A lot of people think sleep apnoea will cause them to suffocate, but the risk is the long-term damage that this can do.

Fluctuating oxygen levels throughout the night causes stress and damage to cells within your body when the body and brain are ideally supposed to be resting and recovering. It becomes much more of a cardiovascular problem than a respiratory one, and people with untreated sleep apnoea tend to develop these conditions years before they normally would.

When to Take Snoring Seriously So how do you know whether you have run-of-the-mill snoring or a more serious problem? If someone hears you sleep on a regular basis and notices that you periodically stop breathing for several seconds at a time, that’s a red flag. So is the volume of your snoring. If you can hear it clearly through a closed door, it’s a good sign that your body is probably working too hard to get sufficient oxygen.

If you don’t have a live-in partner or roommate to help you observe these things, you can still watch out for certain daytime symptoms. Because the condition doesn’t allow people to get the deep sleep they need, about two thirds of people with sleep apnoea experience excessive daytime sleepiness. If you can stop whatever you doing, just about any place and any time of day, and sit down and immediately fall asleep, that’s a problem.

Waking up feeling exhausted is also a sign, especially if that feeling doesn’t go away within 10 to 15 minutes of getting out of bed. People with untreated sleep apnoea may also have trouble getting high blood pressure under control, even with the help of medication.

How To Treat Sleep Apnoea The good news is that sleep apnoea is very treatable and easily diagnosed through observing these symptoms, or by being referred by your doctor to a sleep clinic.

Almost all cases can be treated by using an oral appliance at night. This is a mouthpiece that keeps your airway open by slightly repositioning your jaw. This will deal with most problems, but if left untreated and it becomes chronic, you’ll need a special device called a continuous positive-air pressure, or CPAP, which pumps air through a tube and a mask, into a patient’s nose and mouth while they sleep.

Be wise. Treat it early. Using a mouthpiece can avoid severe health problems later.

John Redfern

Looking after your health – for yourself

Britain’s A&E departments are in “a critical condition” – a message that has recently been carried on the front page of every national newspaper in the UK as they describe the severe capacity crisis that currently afflicts the NHS’s emergency service.

Patient numbers have soared at the A & E Departments of our hospitals, many waiting longer than four hours, and the Ambulances have queued outside due to the blockage – effectively taking them out of service. The result overall is that 16 NHS Hospitals have declared ‘major incidents’ as they struggle to cope in Canute-like fashion.


The papers underline five key issues that it says have driven this crisis and these are the high levels of winter illness, cuts to social care, an ageing population, long waits to see GPs, and referrals from the NHS telephone helpline on the number 111.

They are all things that it appears we can do little about, particularly in the short term, but maybe we should ask ourselves if we could help ourselves more. Can we keep ourselves healthier, and stay free of some of the more serious illnesses, and in doing so improve and extend our lives in many ways. Not only would this help us to maintain our lives better, but in many cases ease the burden on those who need to give us care – whether that be our GP, a hospital, or our family.

Two of the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle are having a good diet and getting enough quality sleep. Our dietary intake is something that receives great attention and lots of advice – but this tends to happen much less with sleep – and that affects our health significantly. How often have you heard someone say they’d love a good night’s sleep?

Research shows us that the main problem in achieving this is snoring.

The snoring restricts and interrupts the continuing supply of oxygen to the brain and this is the cause of many serious long-term illnesses, such as Diabetes, cardiovascular problems such as strokes or heart attacks, memory related illnesses and many others – particularly those related to daytime fatigue. These facts are stated on many leading health websites.

The sounds made when a person is sleeping and the tissues in their airway move, strike each other, and vibrate is the medical definition of snoring. Children as well as adults snore and it is thought that almost all children snore occasionally and about 10 percent snore just about every night. In adults, approximately 45 percent snore once in a while and 25 percent do so frequently.

It is estimated that half of snorers have what is called primary snoring and the other half have a serious condition called sleep apnoea.

Primary snorers typically do not have cardiovascular disease, difficulty with concentration nor are they tired during their day. The main problem primary snorers have is annoying the people around them while they sleep and giving them disturbed nights causing tiredness and irritability. However people with obstructive sleep apnoea may have all of these problems.

The solution is simple, inexpensive, and effective, and is recommended by medical experts, GP’s and hospitals worldwide. A simple stop snoring mouthpiece worn at night works in almost every case and brings immediate results. Oral appliances such as those from SleepPro are NHS Approved and available without prescription, and their leading Custom mouthpiece was recently rated Number 1 by Papworth Hospital in their research. As a result of this, it is now recommended by them as the best mouthpiece to stop snoring and also to treat cases of mild to moderate sleep apnoea.

Help yourself by stopping snoring or you may live – or even die – to regret it.


John Redfern



Peace and Family Harmony at Christmas

Snoring doesn’t just interfere with the snorer’s sleep. When it comes to couples, one person’s snoring often means sleep trouble for two. And it isn’t only sleep that can suffer. Snoring can put great strain on relationships. A snoring problem often creates not only tiredness but also frustration and resentment between couples. It can interfere with sexual and emotional intimacy, and can push couples to sleep in separate bedrooms.

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There are many good reasons to treat snoring, including restoring sleep quality, guarding against risks to health and improving your daytime functional efficiency, but protecting the happiness and intimacy of your relationship is another important reason to treat a snoring problem.

How can snoring cause so much trouble within a relationship? Snoring, a form of sleep-disordered breathing, interferes with sleep quality and sleep quantity, both for the person who snores, and, often, for the person who sleeps with a snorer. Poor quality and insufficient sleep interfere with our thinking skills and judgment. Lack of sleep can make us irritable and short-tempered. Poor sleep diminishes our ability to manage conflict well, increasing negative feelings and reducing our ability to empathize. Lack of sleep has been shown in scientific research to make couples feel less appreciative of each other, and to experience greater feelings of selfishness. Sound like a recipe for relationship difficulties? It is.

What’s more, the noise of the snoring itself can become a focal point of both frustration and shame within the dynamic of a couple’s relationship. The person who is kept awake, or who has to shuffle off to the spare bedroom in the middle of the nigh, may grow to feel resentful of his or her snoring partner. The snorer, meanwhile, often feels guilty, ashamed, and helpless about their noisy, disruptive sleep. These feelings can be a real source of irritation and isolation for even very loving couples.

It’s no surprise that snoring often sends couples to separate bedrooms in search of undisturbed rest. Some couples may find that sleeping apart suits them well, and doesn’t diminish their feelings of closeness. But many couples very much want to sleep together — but can’t, because of a snoring issue. Sleeping apart can interfere with intimacy – both sexual and emotional. Couples may find themselves having sex less often when they’re regularly sleeping apart. Partners also may miss the physical closeness of sleeping together, and the emotional bond that it confers for many people.

Estimates vary, but recent studies and surveys indicate that anywhere from 25 per cent to 40 per cent of couples regularly sleep in separate bedrooms.

It doesn’t need to be this way. Tending to a snoring problem can pave the way for couples to sleep peacefully — and quietly — together, and help to improve the way couples relate to one another during their waking day.

By doing the simplest of things, using a stop snoring mouthpiece, the problem is solved immediately and couples may find it easier to enjoy their life as it should be – sleeping close and unencumbered.

Tending to a snoring issue can lead to better sleep for both partners, as well as a more loving and harmonious relationship that includes them sleeping together, and not apart. Sleeping well with the person we love is the goal, and by treating snoring effectively, it can happen.

Take that simple step – try it. You’ll be amazed – but not so much as your partner will be.

Happy Christmas and Sweet Dreams from all at SleepPro




Children's obesity risk Increased by breathing problems and poor sleep

A solid night’s sleep does more than recharge a growing brain — it may also help keep a growing body lean – and that applies to all of us. As winter has now arrived properly, and school holidays and Christmas approach fast, it becomes a very relevant subject for all of us.


Breathing problems or a chronic lack of sleep early in life may double the risk that a child will be obese by age 15, according to research published in The Journal of Paediatrics. Childhood obesity has been linked before with the number of hours a kid sleeps each night. But other early problems with night-time breathing, like snoring, or the more serious obstructive sleep apnoea, also seem to be predictive of significant weight gain among children, according to the research.

For the study, researchers analysed the data from 1,900 children in England and followed the participants for about 15 years. Study results showed that those who got the least amount of sleep between the ages 5 and 6 had between a 60 per cent and 100 per cent increased risk of obesity by age 15.

In recent years, lack of sleep has become a well-recognized risk for childhood obesity. Sleep-disordered breathing, or SDB, which includes snoring and sleep apnoea, is also a risk factor for obesity but receives less attention. However, these two risk factors had not been tracked together over time to determine their potential for influencing weight gain.

Simply, researchers found that children with the most severe sleep-disorder breathing (SDB) had the highest obesity risk.

If impaired sleep in childhood is conclusively shown to cause future obesity, then it may be vital for parents and physicians to identify sleep problems early, so that corrective action can be taken and obesity prevented.

With our knowledge that childhood obesity is hovering at 17 per cent in the United States, we’re hopeful that efforts to address both of these risk factors could have a tremendous public health impact in the future.

A common cause of sleep-related breathing problems in children is due to enlarged tonsils or adenoids, which can be removed with surgery if a major problem occurs. Misalignment of jaws or teeth can also cause issues.

However, we know that too many teens are not getting enough sleep and the problem is getting worse, according to a study from Columbia University. Researchers found that only 6.2 per cent to 7.7 per cent of females and 8.0 per cent to 9.4 per cent of males reported getting the required nine or more hours of sleep that they really need each day.

We must always remember that it’s easier to prevent obesity than to treat it – whether it is in children, or in adults – and in the case of children there are many other additionally known benefits as well as good health, such as better behaviour and an increased focus on their schoolwork and studies.

Sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnoea are best prevented in children by ensuring good sleep hygiene patterns, and in the case of the adult a simple stop snoring mouthpiece can make all the difference. As Benjamin Franklin said, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’

John Redfern

Snoring – the warning sound that says your life is under threat

Anyone who suffers from a sleep disorder will probably have lower levels of aerobic fitness and be unable to take in the required amount of oxygen during any form of activity, whether it be cycling, walking up a hill, or simply climbing the stairs. Research has quantified this on many occasions and it is particularly common in those who snore heavily or suffer from the very dangerous disorder called obstructive sleep apnoea.

SleepPro Vicious Circle

Sleep apnoea causes the upper airway to become blocked by soft tissue in the back of the throat during sleep and this causes pauses in breathing and other symptoms, such as gasping and snoring. The sleep disorder has more than likely been caused by being overweight, and as a consequence less fit. In fact it goes further because being severely obese can causes decades of ill health and it can also reduce the average life expectancy by as much as eight years. It’s a vicious circle that exists.

Recent analysis showed that being obese at a young age was even more damaging to health and life expectancy. The research team, based at McGill University in Canada, said heart problems and type 2 diabetes were major sources of disability and death. Despite the health problems caused by obesity now being well known, many people often disregard the risks. This latest report, published in The Lancet, used a computer model to take those risks and calculate the impact of weight on life expectancy throughout life. Some of the key findings are covered in the following statements:

  • In comparison with 20 to 39-year-olds with a healthy weight, severely obese men of the same age lost 8.4 years of life and women lost 6.1.
  • Men also spent 18.8 more years living in poor health while women spent 19.1years in that state.
  • Moving up an age group to those in the forties and fifties, men lost 3.7 years and women 5.3 years to obesity.
  • Men and women in their sixties and seventies lost just one year of life to obesity, but still faced seven years in ill health.

Professor Steven Grover of McGill said: “Our computer modelling study shows that obesity is associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, and diabetes that will, on average, dramatically reduce an individual’s life expectancy. The pattern is clear. The more an individual weighs and the younger their age, the greater the effect on their health, as they have many years ahead of them during which the increased health risks associated with obesity can negatively impact their lives.”

This prompted the comment from the lifestyle manager of the charity, Heart Research UK, who said:

“How many more wake-up calls do we need?”

“This research study yet again supports the clear message that by becoming obese you not only take years off your life, but also life off your years in terms of experiencing more years in poor health rather than enjoying a happy, active and productive life.”

John Redfern

Snoring & Sleep Apnoea – the dangers and the differences?

Snoring and sleep apnoea are more common as a problem than most people think – and often the snorer often doesn’t even realise they’re suffering. Both are Sleep Related Breathing Disorders (SRBD) – and one in five adults has one in some form. Disorders range in severity from the simple but disruptive problem of snoring through to sleep apnoea, where the snorer actually stops breathing.

Complications of Sleep Apnea

Snoring is the most common form of SRBD. The airway becomes restricted, causing the soft tissue to vibrate, which is what makes the snoring noise. The snorer doesn’t know they’re doing it unless they’re told, or someone plays them a recording! It’s the loud, rattling, hoarse, annoying noise created by vibrations from the snorer’s soft palate and the back of their tongue, typically as they breathe in, that often keeps their partner awake and disturbs the rest of the family.

As we get older (and most likely heavier!) our throats get more floppy on the inside. Things like alcohol and sedative medications make this worse, while smoking inflames the soft tissue and narrows our throats even further. Snoring is more than just an annoyance – it can disturb the snorer’s own sleep as well as their partner’s, but more seriously it can lead to sleep apnoea.

Sleep apnoea is when people can’t breathe and sleep at the same time. The snorer has a disrupted breathing pattern during their sleep, caused by a collapse of the upper airways and for a period of time, the snorer stops breathing. It is estimated that 24% of adult men and 9% of adult women between the ages of 30 and 60 have some degree of sleep apnoea. You can think of sleep apnoea as the severe endpoint of snoring. The term used most commonly is obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). In simple terms, that means you have a physical blockage or obstruction in the throat while sleeping, and this causes you to stop breathing.

With sleep apnoea, it’s not so much about breathing too hard; the throat is just too floppy to stay in shape and let the air through. This obstruction can lead to the snorer missing anything from a few breaths to many hundreds during a night, with each gap between breaths lasting around 10 to 20 seconds. The snorer’s partner may notice periods of silence between snores. Sometimes these might wake the snorer up, but often they’ll just start breathing normally again – and snoring – without even being aware that their sleep was disrupted.

Untreated sleep apnoea fragments the sufferer’s sleep and will usually make them sleepy during the day, and it is this that makes an OSA sufferer a real danger to themselves and those around them – particularly if driving a vehicle or operating machinery. Certain factors can mean you’re at greater risk from sleep apnoea:

  • Being overweight
  • Being a heavy snorer
  • A family history of snoring and sleep apnoea
  • Drinking alcohol in the evening
  • Smoking.

The effects of snoring and sleep apnoea Both destroy a good night’s sleep, which can seriously affect your health and even your life expectancy. Sleep is essential for your body and brain to repair and renew itself, and not getting enough sleep can make you drowsy the next day – which is dangerous. Chronic lack of sleep can also contribute to a range of medical conditions including obesity, depression and anxiety.

Snoring itself can also affect your health. It vibrates and hardens the arteries in your throat (this is called atherosclerosis), for instance, while the disruptions in breathing can lead to heart disease, persistent high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and diabetes. Think of your heart as an engine – it needs air to work

What to do about it? It’s easily treated so be reassured: there’s a range of treatment pathways that can help people stop snoring, and reduce the risk of sleep apnoea. It’s a highly researched subject and a simple oral appliance or chin support strap worn at night, can stop your snoring immediately. Various types of oral appliance are also recommended for treating mild to moderate sleep apnoea before it becomes so bad that breathing equipment called CPAP becomes necessary to be used all night – something to try to avoid.

You should act quickly if you snore and the cost of a mouthpiece is a small outlay to preserve your healthy sleep and that of your family too.

Women ask for more sleep time

In a survey of sleeping habits done this week by a UK national newspaper, Britain’s women would like to have at least 15 days more sleep each year than they are currently getting. They feel worse off than men it would seem who by contrast reckon that they are only 10 days short.

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In a general overview of all adults, the summary states that ideally they would like to sleep for seven and a half hours a night, but they are only getting just over six and a half hours – a big difference.

Experts believe that insufficient sleep has become a worldwide epidemic, with chronic sleep deprivation linked to serious medical problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and immune deficiency. Obesity and weight gain of course can be a key cause of snoring 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 sleep could double the signs of skin ageing, including fine lines in the skin.

This latest survey of 2 000 UK adults showed men claim to get less sleep than women – but also need less of it.

  • It revealed men were getting six hours three minutes sleep on average, compared with six hours 40 minutes they believe they should have – a sleep deficit of 40 minutes a night, adding up to ten days three hours over a year.
  • Women claim to get six hours 21 minutes each night – but want seven hours 23 minutes. The sleep deficit of one hour two minutes a night equates to a staggering 15 days 17 hours annually.

Research suggests seven and a half hours of sleep is the optimum level for good health and earlier this year, scientists at Surrey University found just one week of poor sleep can disrupt hundreds of genes linked to stress, immunity and inflammation.

Other interesting key facts emerged:

  • More men than women are woken up by their partners – 11.5 per cent versus nine per cent – and twice as many women are woken by children – 11 per cent versus 5.5 per cent.
  • Snoring by a partner kept one in ten awake while a further seven per cent suffered because of their own snoring,

In the USA, The National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the National Geographic Channel and The Public Good Projects, will draw the nation’s attention to the health consequences of sleep deprivation and what keeps Americans up at night. The documentary, Sleepless in America, premieres on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday, November 30th.

“Feeling tired is only one consequence of getting poor quality sleep,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “Research has helped illuminate a wide array of health challenges stemming from chronic sleep problems. Researchers have uncovered links between poor sleep and health issues ranging from obesity to cardiovascular disease to mental health disorders.”

Common belief may hold that it gets harder to sleep the older you get, but sleep problems take a great toll on all ages, including young Americans: 70 per cent of high school adolescents are sleep deprived, increasing their risk of suicide, mood problems and delinquency. Millions of U.S. adults have sleep apnoea, and up to 80 per cent don’t even know it.

The bottom line seems obvious. Focus on keeping your weight down, getting the right amount of quality sleep, and if you snore then make sure you do something about it soon for everyone’s sake, not just your own.

John Redfern


National Diabetes Month: Type 2 diabetics have high risk for sleep apnoea

November is National Diabetes Month in the USA, and their National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is advising everyone with Type 2 diabetes to be aware of his or her high risk for obstructive sleep apnoea.

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It is part of the Healthy Sleep Project’s “Stop the Snore” public education campaign. They wish to increase knowledge amongst those people with symptoms of sleep apnoea about their risk for this chronic disease. The key objective is for them to get treatment – quickly.

The latest research shows that seven in 10 people with Type 2 diabetes also suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea, a dangerous condition characterized by episodes of complete or partial airway obstruction during sleep. The major warning sign for sleep apnoea is snoring, especially when it is combined with choking, gasping or silent breathing pauses.

Similar results are to be found in the United Kingdom and numbers are increasing.

“People with Type 2 diabetes are much more likely to have obstructive sleep apnoea and should discuss their risk for sleep apnoea with a doctor,” said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and national spokesperson for the Healthy Sleep Project. “Common symptoms of sleep apnoea include snoring, gasping or choking sounds during sleep, as well as daytime fatigue or sleepiness.”

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 28.9 million Americans aged 20 years or older suffer from diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90 to 95 per cent of all these diagnosed cases. Further non-diabetic sufferers are thought to total around 25 million but often go undiagnosed.

A University of Chicago study showed that treating sleep apnoea might have as much of an effect in some diabetes patients as prescribed oral diabetes medications. In the study, one week of CPAP treatment lowered average 24-hour glucose levels and improved post-breakfast glucose response in Type 2 diabetics with obstructive sleep apnoea. The ‘dawn phenomenon’, which is an early-morning increase in blood sugar in people who have Type 2 diabetes, also was reduced by 45 per cent as a result of the CPAP therapy.

The major problem is that sufferers object to CPAP for longer periods and find it difficult to continue using it without supervision; they find it uncomfortable and unpleasant to use because of the many side-effects such as extremely dry mouth, or other problems such as claustrophobia.

A key solution to those objecting to CPAP is to use an oral appliance – a simple mouthpiece popped in place at night and this prevents the snoring problem, and prevents apnoeas too, by slightly re-adjusting the position of the lower jaw. It moves the jaw forward and this opens the airway.

These new clinical solutions have been developed with great success. Papworth Hospital is Britain’s leading hospital for dealing with sleep disorders and cardiovascular problems, and is world-renowned for its work. Their recent testing of oral appliances recommends the SleepPro Custom as the leading appliance to use for both snoring, and for cases of mild to moderate sleep apnoea. Not only was it the most efficient in tests, but also it was also the most cost-effective – particularly when compared to a selection of leading specialist bespoke dental solutions.

To mark this recommendation, SleepPro have temporarily halved the price of their bespoke Custom appliance to ensure a purchasing opportunity for as possible of those who snore heavily or suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnoea. This offer is for a limited period and is available by phone or on their website.

John Redfern

About the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project was initiated in 2013 and is funded by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The collaborative project addresses the sleep health focus area of Healthy People 2020, which provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. The sleep health objectives are to increase the medical evaluation of people with symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea, reduce vehicular crashes due to drowsy driving and ensure more Americans get sufficient sleep.

Women, Snoring and sleep apnoea?

It’s important firstly for women to realize that snoring is not an illness, but it can be a symptom of something more problematic. When you fall into a deep sleep, the muscles in your body relax, including the muscles in your mouth. They can relax so much that they can partially block the airway, causing vibrations — and that starts you snoring.
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In some cases, snoring is caused by your mouth anatomy — a low, thick palate or an unusually long uvula, for example. Sometimes it’s due to nasal problems like chronic congestion, or sleep apnoea, or even alcohol. The narrower your airway gets, the more forceful the airflow becomes, causing vibrations in the tissues in your throat.

Though snoring can happen in otherwise healthy people, there are several causes for snoring, ranging from the benign to the more serious. Sleep apnoea is the most serious underlying cause of snoring. People who have sleep apnoea stop breathing over and over again while they’re sleeping.

On top of that, it’s been claimed that a new category of people could be sufferers.

According to new research in Sweden, half of those affected could be young and healthy women aged as young as 20 upwards. In September a study by the UCLA School of Nursing suggested the condition is even more harmful to women than men. So what is the foundation for this?

Firstly, snoring isn’t a prerequisite for it – a narrow neck, a small mouth, a big tongue and set-back jaw can all be factors in obstructive sleep apnoea. That’s because they all help to produce a narrow airway, which could easily get blocked while you’re asleep.

It’s been suggested over the years that fatigue is another pointer towards the condition, and this is still the case. However, some people may have been undiagnosed for so long that they presume they just aren’t good at sleeping, rather than they have an underlying health problem.

There are several big indicators that you could have a problem. If there are pauses while you snore during which you gasp or choke, you may be a sufferer. Ask your partner if he’s noticed this happening. You’ll usually feel tired during the day and find yourself dropping off during any downtime too, plus you’re likely to have headache first thing in the morning, suffer concentration and memory problems and feel irritable. Some people find they urinate more at night too, and have a dry mouth in the morning.

Don’t let all of this stress you out though, as help is at hand. If you do have the condition, there are different ways to deal with it, such as mouthpieces, meaning the famously frightening CPAP machine isn’t your only port of call. There are also small things you can do to help, such as stopping smoking, ditching caffeine and big meals, trying to sleep at the same time daily and propping your head up when you sleep.

However, treat it quickly and start to use a mouthpiece to stop your snoring. Try out a starter mouthpiece like SleepPro Woman or Easifit – these are the usual entry level oral appliances – and when you feel that they’re right for you step up to something made specially to fit your mouth shape – particularly if you suspect that you have sleep apnoea.

The best example is SleepPro Custom. Not only will it stop you snoring straight away but it will prevent sleep apnoea too, as discovered in product tests by the world renowned Papworth Hospital, who recommend it as the first product to be given to mild and moderate sleep apnoea sufferers. There’s no better recommendation than that.

John Redfern