Buying anti-snoring devices online could save the USA $100 billion a year

Chronic snoring is certainly a nuisance to those living with sleep apnoea, and perhaps even more so to their partners, and it can also take a huge financial toll. A new report released by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) today puts a figure on what sleep apnea actually costs the U.S. — and the results are staggering.

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All this comes against a backcloth of the much easier availability of stop snoring treatment because it’s now so easy to obtain anti-snoring devices online – and with no prescription required.

According to a report just published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and reviewed in depth by CBS, if every patient in the United States who has sleep apnea were diagnosed and treated, it would result in an annual economic saving of just over $100 billion. If those figures were extrapolated to a world total they would multiply to an extraordinary level.

To arrive at their astonishing calculations, the study authors reviewed more than 100 studies on the impact of sleep apnoea, and interviewed experts in the fields of economics, sleep medicine, productivity, mental health, and accidents. They then constructed detailed financial models taking into account treatment fees pulled from public sources.

An estimated 30 million American adults currently suffer from sleep apnea, or about 12 per cent of the U.S. population, the authors say. The worrying thing is that this figure is constantly rising, as it is in other parts of the world.

A simple, but accurate example of this comes from the other side of the world, where Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand is grappling with soaring demand for its Sleep Service as thousands more people struggle with insomnia and sleep apnea.

Driven by obesity, an aging population and tighter health and safety regulations, referrals to the hospital’s Sleep Service increased six-fold in 7 years – figures increasing from 800 in 2008 to 4500 last year.

The side effects of sleep apnoea have costly real-life consequences. According to the study, the annual economic burden of undiagnosed sleep apnea among U.S. adults is approximately $149.6 billion. This includes almost $87 billion in lost productivity, $26 billion in car crashes, and $6.5 billion in workplace accidents.

Untreated obstructive sleep apnea can also contribute to the risk of other serious health problems, including hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. As such, the AASM estimate that undiagnosed sleep apnea leads to $30 billion a year in increased health care and medication costs related to these co-occurring health risks.

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Sleep apnea is characterized by repetitive episodes of disrupted breathing from a complete or partial upper airway obstruction during sleep. It results in snoring or gasping or choking during sleep, often many times each night, which can lead to daytime sleepiness and fatigue. If you, or any family member suffer this way, it is vital to look for stop snoring devices online. These fast-acting, medically approved oral appliances will prevent the problem and any progression. As well as helping to reverse any health problems caused previously.

The proof of this comes in the form of further evidence from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

A second report by the AASM based on a survey of 500 patients found that participants reported better sleep, greater productivity, and a 40 per cent decline in work absences after undergoing treatment for sleep apnea. Four out of five people said their sleep apnea treatment was a good investment.

Whether you’re a chronic snorer, or you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, you should obtain an anti-snoring appliance online as soon as you can – you certainly won’t regret it.

John Redfern


Treat yourself by checking out the best snoring products online

The number of people suffering from sleep disorders has gone through the roof – but not the cost of treating them. That has actually been significantly reduced due to the advances made in the development of oral appliances that will treat them simply, but effectively, and makes them available online.

SleepPro stop snoring products the best online

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At one time the ‘gold standard’ CPAP treatment would automatically be recommended for anyone suffering from a problem such as sleep apnea, but this is no longer the case, as equally effective methods for many of these patients are now available. Attitudes in the Health Service have also changed, and the many patients that either refused CPAP, or merely constantly failed to use it, are now told that approved oral appliances are an acceptable substitute. This is vastly preferable to non-treatment.

Chronic snoring, and mild to moderate sleep apnea sufferers are now directed by most specialist Sleep Centres, and Hospitals, towards the use of a medically approved stop snoring mouthpiece, particularly as these are now quickly and easily available online from approved sources.

SleepPro products have been thoroughly tested and researched by the NHS in the UK, and lead the way in Britain and other parts of the world as a primary solution to the prevention of snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. They are approved and recommended for NHS patients in Britain, and are available directly from the NHS in numerous hospitals. However with online buying being easy and popular due to the growth of mobile phone usage, plus ever-tightening health budgets, the majority of NHS outlets now supply their patients with specially prepared literature that recommends SleepPro as being the best snoring products available online.

There are many stop snoring mouthpieces available via the Internet but few of them have been medically tested over time and most of them not at all. The majority are are simply ‘factory made items’ and as a consequence are available for low prices. Unlike SleepPro products, they are not produced in medical laboratories under strict guidelines, do not have medical approval, and don’t offer follow up support, advice or guidance.

SleepPro products on the other hand are ‘Made in Britain’ and are supplied from their own Dental laboratories where they are produced under the strictest guidelines to ensure they are exactly what is medically required.

Many SleepPro products even come with a 30-day money back guarantee and this shows the degree of confidence the company has in its products.

All the starter appliances offer this customer assurance, and with prices starting low (£39.99, AUD$ 64.99, US$ 44.95) the snorer can have real confidence in these tried and tested products. In fact the success rate is registered as 98% with customers coming back many times over the years. Online support is available is via a unique 24/7 Freephone Hotline service.

Purchasing is in a wide range of currencies is possible and all this has made SleepPro the supplier of the best stop snoring products available online.

Chronic snoring, along with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, affects many millions of people worldwide and few of them realize its full dangers. As a consequence they leave it untreated for years before taking any steps to prevent it, and by then it’s sometimes too late. Snoring is an illness and needs to be treated quickly – just like anything else.

In a recent statement, Dr. Nathaniel Watson of the University of Washington Medicine Sleep Center and the immediate past president of the AASM, called for more aggressive and comprehensive treatment of sleep apnea.

“Dramatic improvements to individual health and public safety, and significant health care savings, can be achieved through comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of OSA. For a health care system that prioritizes services with lasting value, OSA diagnosis and treatment is a bargain.”

Remember that OSA is now considered a chronic disease throughout the world and its prevalence is rising.

Do you have a partner or family member who snores, gasps for air, or chokes during sleep? If so, they most likely have obstructive sleep apnea and it’s worth getting it checked out. Or maybe it’s even your problem. If so, do something about it now. Find yourself the best Snoring products online by checking out SleepPro, and seeing what they can offer to help you.

John Redfern


Protect your health and stop snoring with an adjustable mouthpiece

Lots of people want to stop snoring but have struggled to find the right mouthpiece to help them to do so because of their problems with the amount of mandibular advancement. They often need to adjust the fit of their mouthpiece over time and constantly need to buy replacements to achieve this, but now they need do that no longer.

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You can keep your mouthpiece in a format that’s comfortable to wear and at the same time make sure that it retains its effectiveness. All these things can be achieved with a medically recommended oral appliance that’s available at a highly affordable price. You can still have a precisely adjustable mouthpiece yet retain the comfortable fit.

Today we’re all aware of the many benefits of stopping snoring, including the most dangerous version, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). It doesn’t just help by restricting weight gain, but also prevents the many associated serious conditions that go with that, including diabetes type 2 and the numerous life-threatening and related cardiovascular problems. The added problem of of daytime fatigue and the dangers when driving or working when tired add to the problem, along with the social pressure at home from your partner, who has also had their sleep badly disturbed.

The SleepPro Contour has been designed to prevent all that and it has been successful for many people over recent years who have desperately wanted to stop snoring, and yet have found it difficult to do so using a more standard oral appliance. This was the problem presented to SleepPro a few years ago, and one that their Dental Technicians successfully solved.

This special mandibular advancement device was developed due to a high volume of requests received from doctors and patients alike. It is medically proven to work, and it is highly cost-effective in comparison with other more expensive, and much more invasive stop snoring treatments.

The SleepPro Contour consists of two sections that will connect together with the straps provided. One is made to contour the upper arch, and one the lower arch. Each is filled with a custom-blended, thermo-formable polymer.

Still using the original ‘boil and bite’ technology as its starting point, the SleepPro Contour allows you to adjust and experiment with the amount of advancement needed to stop your snoring by using interchangeable straps that connect the upper and lower profiles, whilst still ensuring effectiveness, maximum comfort and the closest fit. Using this method enables a more personal fit to be obtained without selecting a mouthpiece like SleepPro Custom which has full customisation.

The interchangeable straps allow precise and incremental advancement of the lower jaw, restoring the tension in the upper airway and preventing the soft pallet from collapsing and obstructing the upper airway. This prevents snoring. If you find your selected tension straps do not stop you, select the next pair down, or if the first setting is too far forward, try the next pair of longer straps. There are seven different sets of straps in total for you to choose from, ensuring the position you need, and these can be changed over time to suit your current requirement.

The Contour can be used not only for primary snoring, but for cases of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea in adults too. It is also fully recommended for use by anyone who is CPAP intolerant, or who also require a mouthpiece for intermittent use, such as when travelling and are unable to use CPAP at that time.

SleepPro Contour is a special design – one produced for special reasons – but it’s suitable for all who snore and wish to stop doing so.

 

John Redfern.


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How to manage snoring and sleep apnea without CPAP, drugs or surgery

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The answer is to use a Stop Snoring mouthpiece, and though some may not like to admit it, just about everyone will snore on occasions, and millions of us snore on a regular basis and may not even realize it if we sleep alone. If you are a frequent snorer, it doesn’t only affect the quantity of your sleep – it can also have a negative impact on the quality.

More concerning, however, is there are many who don’t just snore, but who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and they are placing strain on their heart, leading to a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes. While associated with one another, snoring does not mean that an individual has sleep apnea and sleep apnea does not always result in snoring. Normal snoring will not interfere with the quality of your sleep like sleep apnea does.

Figures now say that one-fifth of adults have nightly sleep apnea to a greater or lesser degree, which causes repeated stoppages in breathing and a resultant lack of oxygen that affects the brain, heart and rest of the body. These breathing interferences cause the brain to panic and disrupt the deep sleep we need for good health.

Airway problems caused by sleep apnea frequently cause loud snoring and gasping for air. Many people have insomnia, poor sleep and daytime tiredness as a result of unrecognized sleep apnea and it is known to result in serious health issues – particularly diabetic and cardiovascular problems.

Snorers who do not have OSA may feel a sense of relief, but this does not mean that you should leave your snoring untreated. Snoring doesn’t only affect the quality of your own sleep and health – it can also affect the quality of your partner’s sleep and health. It has been known to place a significant strain on relationships, particularly if the snoring partner makes little or no effort to solve it, as is often the case.

When most snorers think of a snoring solution, they still think of the historic CPAP route. Consisting of a mask, tubes and a machine, the thought of wearing CPAP equipment is daunting to many snorers, particularly those who do not have sleep apnea and who are not suffering from any negative effects that often come with snoring. The majority of sleep apnea patients refuse to wear CPAP or rip off the mask while asleep. Studies show that half of all people prescribed CPAP quit within a few months.

Fortunately snorers now have the option of managing their snoring through an easy to use “stop snoring” mouthpiece, called an MAD or mandibular advancement device. It’s very like a sports mouth guard, and once inserted into a user’s mouth, the MAD is designed to hold the user’s lower jaw in a slightly advanced position. This causes the muscles and the tissues in the upper airway to stay open by remaining taut and unobstructed.

This alternative to CPAP is gaining popularity and is sometimes called oral appliance therapy. Oral appliances prevent the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing. By supporting the jaw in a forward position, the airway stays open during sleep. The NHS in the UK and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine now include oral appliances as a first-line treatment for both snoring, and for treating mild to moderate sleep apnoea. They also state that oral appliances are acceptable for patients who cannot use CPAP or would prefer an oral appliance to using CPAP.

There are a wide range of SleepPro oral appliances available to suit your individual needs, and these range from starter appliances such as Easifit. Sleep Tight or Woman, to the more adjustable Contour appliance. These ‘one size fits all’ SleepPro appliances benefit from a unique method of moulding that adjusts them to fit your mouth comfortably.

Oral appliances that are made specifically to fit your own dental profile, such as the SleepPro Custom, are also available and are NHS approved – not just for effectiveness and ease of use, but also for affordability as others can charge a small fortune for the same thing. It’s also important to look after your oral appliance so as to achieve permanently good results and keep it well-fitting and well maintained.

Treating your snoring or sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy can help you feel like a new person. You will find that your symptoms, and your quality of life, can improve dramatically when you remain committed to your treatment and use it nightly. It is likely that you will sleep better, have more energy and feel sharper throughout the day. You may find that your bed partner gets better sleep, too. After all, don’t forget that your sleep breathing problems affect them also.

John Redfern


Dentists report a 30% increase in Bruxism in the last five years.

Bruxism, or grinding and severely clenching your teeth, is widely thought of as a sleep-related disorder and it is growing rapidly as a problem. Many bruxers who clench or grind their teeth during the night have other types of sleep disorder, such as snoring and pauses in breathing that may be sleep apnoea or closely related to it.

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While most of us are dreaming away peacefully, about one in 10 adults gnash their teeth and aggressively clench their jaw muscles during sleep. Generally, 4 out of 5 people that have bruxism are unaware that have it.

However it’s not only adults who grind their teeth; more than a third of parents report the symptoms of bruxism in their children. Bruxers differ from other healthy individuals as they can tend to suffer more from depression and stress. Children who suffer from bruxism tend to be more anxious than non-bruxers. In the case of adults, it has been found that grinding is made worse by various factors such as snoring, drugs, alcohol, stress, caffeine, smoking or other chemical imbalances in the body.

This unintentional gym workout of the facial muscles can leave a trail of pain and utter destruction. Teeth can end up worn done to the gum, even with abscesses festering around the tooth roots as a result. There’s often a slow deterioration of the smile appearing, due to the ever-shortening teeth, with an accompanying enlargement of the cheek muscles, giving an overly square facial appearance.

Annoyingly for a bruxer or teeth grinder, trips to the dentist seem never ending, with teeth breaking, jaw joint pain and fillings coming out. Severe morning headaches from the stress and effort are another consequence of this involuntary happening.

It has been found that heavy snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea, both of which restrict the amount of air going into the body, can also set off bruxism. Treating sleep apnoea is also known to help to reduce tooth grinding.

Doctors still don’t completely understand the causes, but intense emotions such as anxiety, stress, anger, frustration or tension may be at the root of the problem. The more stressed you are, the more likely you are to start bruxing. Nervous tension, anger and frustration can cause people to start showing the signs of bruxism without even knowing it.

Commonly, the response to bruxism is to simply treat the symptom by offering a mouth guard to wear during sleep.

A mouth guard is typically the first step a dentist will recommend toward preventing or correcting damage to the teeth, as it keeps the teeth separated to soften the impact of any clenching or grinding.

The mouth guard has two roles. It does its job by protecting the teeth, but also, and perhaps more importantly, it serves as a useful self-care gauge. The deeper the notches in the mouth guard, the more attention one needs to pay to emotional well being, stress and/or anger management.

These inexpensive specialist custom-made appliances are easily available and can now be supplied direct to your home without any dental visits. They are usually made to fit the upper teeth, but by request can also be made to fit the lower set as an alternative. It will be made to fit your dental profile exactly and when it is worn at night it will prevent the many problems of bruxism where you subconsciously grind your teeth and clench your jaw.

SleepPro offer three separate options in the Night Guard product range to help you with the problem – a lighter gauge of material for light clenching or grinding, a heavier gauge for more severe requirements, and a heavier gauge still that has a soft interior filling.

It’s easy to fit a SleepPro Night Guard – there are no real complications. Simply follow the simple instructions that are given in the leaflet that accompanies the product, make an impression of your teeth, and return it in the postage-paid package provided, directly to their dental laboratory.

A SleepPro dental technician will assess the impression and if all is well, you will receive your perfectly fitting Night Guard in only a week’s time with an accompanying Storage Case to keep it safe and clean. Headache over !!

A full 24/7 advice line is available on 0800 808 5372 and purchases can also be made that way, or alternatively from the Night Guard page online.

 


Snoring is contributing greatly to a massive increase in World Obesity

World media is focused at the moment on the benefits of adequate amounts of undisturbed sleep, and the health problems this creates. The research, led by scientists from Imperial College London and published in The Lancet, compared body mass index (BMI) among almost 20 million adult men and women from 1975 to 2014.

It found obesity in men has tripled and more than doubled in women.

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The world’s newspapers, plus the leading TV stations and Internet News Channels, have all headlined with the story this week that obesity is quite literally a massive growing world problem.

No country is excluded from this. The study, which pooled data from adults in 186 countries, found that the number of obese people worldwide had risen from 105 million in 1975 to 641 million in 2014. This equates to 266 million obese men and 375 million obese women in the world at the end of 2014.

It’s a vicious, ever turning circle. Health research has shown that disturbed nights due to either snoring or sleep apnoea causes late night snacking and as a consequence weight gain – and as a result the increased weight also narrows the throat to cause even worse levels of snoring.

The research also found:

  • More obese men and women now live in China and the USA than in any other country
  • Almost a fifth of the world’s obese adults – 118 million – live in only six high-income English-speaking countries – Australia, Canada, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, UK, and the US
  • Women in the UK have the third highest BMI in Europe and the 10th highest for men
  • By 2025, the UK is projected to have the highest levels of obese women in Europe (38%), followed by Republic of Ireland (37%) and Malta (34%)

Other statistics from the study include:

  • China has the largest number of obese people in the world with 43.2 million men and 46.4 million women
  • The US has 41.7 million obese men and 46.1 million obese women

In comparison in the UK the study found 6.8 million obese men in 2014, and 7.7 million obese women.

The average adult in the United Kingdom sleeps for 6.8 hours a night, which is below the 7.7 hours people feel they need according to the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), and the figures according to other sources are almost identical for the North America, Australia, and Europe

This lower sleep level doesn’t sound much but it amounts to losing an entire night’s sleep over the course of a week.

The RSPH, which represents around 6,000 public health specialists, said poor sleep has been undeniably linked to a range of conditions including:

  • cancer
  • diabetes
  • heart attack
  • depression

It has called on the Government to introduce national sleep guidance and both instigate and support policies that reduce and control sleep disorders.

“We do need to wake up to the benefits of sleep – there is a wealth of evidence that lack of sleep is damaging the public’s health,” said Shirley Cramer chief executive of RSPH.

She added: “Efforts to combat this shortfall could be as critical to optimising our health and wellbeing as maintaining an active lifestyle or having a healthy diet.”

Yet again this is conclusive evidence that snoring, sleep apnoea, and other sleep disorders damage your health. You need to do something about it yourself if the Government won’t act on your behalf.

John Redfern

 


Is my snoring sleep apnoea?

Ask yourself this important question before it’s too late.

Is my snoring sleep apnoea?

Everyone who has sleep apnoea snores, but not everyone who snores has sleep apnoea. So how do we know which of the two problems we have?

Sleep Apnoea

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Sleep apnoea can affect anyone; man or woman, young or old. It seems to run in some families, suggesting a possible genetic basis. People most likely to have or develop sleep apnoea include those who snore loudly, are overweight, have high blood pressure, and may have some physical abnormality in the nose, throat, or other parts of the upper airway.

Sleep apnoea is a health condition involving the collapse of the upper airway while an individual sleeps, leading to reduced airflow to the lungs. This often causes the individual to wake up at frequent intervals during the night as a reflex response to the resultant insufficient oxygen supply.

The key symptom of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is very clear. Breathing pauses a number of times during sleep and these are called apneic events. There may be as many as 20 to 30 or more of these events per hour and between them you will snore.

OSA may also cause you to have a choking sensation and when your breathing restarts, you may make a loud snort or gasp. These frequent breaks in deep, restorative sleep often result in headaches and excessive daytime sleepiness and it has been proved that this constant interruption of oxygen supply to the brain can often have deadly results. Other symptoms include dry mouth or sore throat and problems paying attention.

This common sleep disorder is characterised by these repeated interruptions in breathing throughout the sleep cycle. Chronic sleep or respiratory conditions can have devastating effects if not treated or diagnosed, and it is estimated that 80% of patients with OSA remain undiagnosed, which can impact long-term health by turning sleep or breathing into a burden with the following being the key problems that result.

  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart disease/heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Driving and work-related accidents

Sleep apnea affects more than just sleep; it can affect the relationships, productivity and even overall health of those suffering from this condition. Even worse, rather than solving the problem, sleeping with the usually prescribed continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) bulky equipment can sometimes make it even harder to get a good night’s rest. An incredibly high percentage of those using CPAP equipment simply stop doing so and therefore receive no treatment and are described as ‘CPAP intolerant’.

Now, in many cases other than those which are extreme, difficulty in wearing the CPAP facemask through which oxygen is pumped all night, is no longer a problem as an efficient oral appliance will prevent most of the problem and in doing so, protect your short and long term health.

Recently, both the NHS and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) approved dental appliances as a first line of treatment for snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnoea and for patients with severe sleep apnoea who cannot tolerate CPAP.

After extensive research, the appliance recommended by the NHS in the UK above all others, was the SleepPro Custom, which moves the lower jaw forward, into a comfortable position, and ensures there is no obstruction of your airway. An ideal solution for snoring and related issues, the Custom can improve sleep quality and is a medically approved alternative to CPAP therapy and the awkward and uncomfortable CPAP equipment.

The SleepPro Custom is made from a fully customized dental impression that you would create with the special kit provided, and as a consequence is comfortable as well as effective. Once we receive your impressions our UK Dental laboratories will custom make the oral appliance to fit you perfectly. It is many times cheaper than similarly made appliances that are supplied by a Dentist, and it is made in exactly the same way.

John Redfern

 


New research proves that snoring speeds cancer development

A new European sleep apnoea study has found that snoring promotes cancer development because it limits oxygen intake. This might worsen outcomes for cancer patients. It reveals that intermittent hypoxia, which is a common side effect of sleep apnoea, promotes cancer development by promoting blood vessel growth within tumours.

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Lead researcher Dr. Antoni Vilaseca, of the Hospital Clinic De Barcelona in Spain, and his colleagues, recently presented their findings at the European Association of Urology (EAU) Congress in Munich, Germany.

Numerous previous studies have linked bad sleep to poor cancer outcomes, and this latest study reveals that hypoxia may be the reason why it happens. Researchers in Spain explain that hypoxia, which is just one of the many consequences of sleep apnoea, happens when body tissues or organs don’t get enough oxygen.

A 2012 study reported by Medical News Today, for example, suggests that sleep apnea increases the risk of cancer death. Last year, MNT also reported on a study linking heavy snoring and sleep apnoea to earlier cognitive decline including Alzheimer’s and dementia – both being advanced by 5 to 10 years because of it.

Abnormal breathing patterns during sleep, like sleep apnoea and heavy snoring, are more common as we age. According to published figures, such breathing problems affect around 52% of elderly men and 26% of elderly women.

Lead researcher Antoni Vilaseca of Hospital Clínic De Barcelona said that the latest findings suggest obstructive sleep apnea promotes cancer development by increasing blood flow in tumours. Dr. Vilaseca and his colleagues recently presented their findings at the European Association of Urology (EAU) Congress in Munich, Germany.

“Patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea usually suffer from intermittent hypoxia at night. This work shows that intermittent hypoxia has the potential to promote the formation of blood vessels within tumours, meaning that the tumours have access to more nutrients,” Vilaseca said in a news release.

Sleep apnoea is a disorder in which a person has shallow breaths or one or more pauses in breathing during sleep. Such pauses can last from seconds up to a few minutes, and they can happen as many as 30 times in an hour. Obstructive sleep apnoea is the most common form of the condition, where the airway becomes blocked or collapses during sleep. It can easily be prevented, by the wearing of a simple mouthpiece at night, but the majority of cases go undiagnosed and untreated. Snorers and their partners continue to ignore it and even consider it harmless.

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) affects millions of people worldwide and is an ever-increasing problem, mostly due to the increase of some of the main lifestyle factors that cause it. It is known to affect more than 18 million Americans in the US, with millions more not having treatment. Risk factors for the disorder include a small upper airway, smoking, alcohol use, being overweight and having a large neck, small jaw or a large overbite.

Approximately 5% of the UK adult population is known to have OSA, and the figures for Australia are even higher. Some of the high-population emergent nations have even bigger levels. Figures published this week stated that the level in India was assessed at 15%, and that for China higher still. Asia News alarmingly reported that as many as 30% of the population had OSA.

“Although this is an experimental study, it is remarkable, because it demonstrates the influence of oxygen deficiency on the growth of renal cell carcinoma tissue. Increased oxygenation of the blood may be the underlying mechanism why not smoking or giving up smoking, regular sport activity, reducing the body mass index and other lifestyle changes that increase tissue oxygenation have a supportive beneficial effect on better outcomes in renal cell cancer as well as other tumour types,” Arnulf Stenzl, Chair of the EAU Congress Committee, said in a statement.

Whatever the figures are – action is required at every level including Government controlled Health Services. Oral appliances similar to a sports mouthguard, when worn at night, have been proved by the NHS Researchers in Britain to prevent and control the problem. These appliances are inexpensive and easily available with no prescription required – but the majority of snorers ignore the problem until it’s too late.

John Redfern

 


Does your partner snore loudly and keep you awake?

Comedians joke about snoring, but snoring can be deadly serious. Snoring can be much more than a nuisance – it can keep you awake, get on your nerves and drive your partner into denial about how loud they are doing it when you confront them the following morning. So if your partner doesn’t believe he snores, you will have to persuade him that he does.

Woman Disturbed By The Snores Of Husband In The Bedroom

Your partner’s snoring could be a serious health and quality-of-life issue for both of you. If your partner’s snoring undermines your sleep then your brain and body are doing less well. With poorer sleep your work life, friendships, memory, driving, and everything else you do in life may suffer. The snoring can even become a threat to your relationship.

In fact, it’s recorded as the third biggest reason for divorce and forces many couples to sleep apart even when still together. However you can play an important part not only in keeping the relationship together, but also in making significant improvements to the health of you both by avoiding major health problems now, and more so later in life. Therefore it’s actually very important to monitor your partner’s snoring and keep your ears peeled for particular sounds and changes.

Firstly, although snoring isn’t natural, it’s very common as we all know, and steps should be taken to resolve it. The cause is a simple one. Snoring mostly occurs when the soft tissue part of our upper airway vibrates. This is called the uvula or soft palate and it normally happens when someone inhales during sleep. Although it is most common in middle-aged men, many women, and younger people suffer from the problem too.

Snoring is most commonly caused by someone being overweight, smoking, drinking alcohol and nasal obstruction (from flu or allergies etc.) – all of which are very important health issues in themselves. The cause of the snoring should be addressed in it’s own right – a quiet night’s sleep is an added bonus. Although the snorer is asleep, the person isn’t actually sleeping well and this can result in fatigue and headaches.

After years of snoring, it is possible for it to develop into Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). Signs of OSA include very loud snoring with periods when the person stops breathing for up to 10 seconds before gasping and choking. This could happen many times throughout the night. At this time oxygen is unable to reach the brain, which alerts the person and they wake briefly, but they won’t remember doing so.

OSA should always be addressed urgently as it can develop into more serious conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart issues. It has now been prove to be a significant cause of diabetes type 2, and also to advance cognitive problems such as Alzheimer’s or dementia by anything from five to ten years.

Women suffer too and they are more likely to snore after the menopause as a drop in their oestrogen and progesterone levels leave them less protected against lifestyle changes. They are more likely than men to suffer from problems such as depression, insomnia and headaches due to snoring.

To overcome the problem of snoring and prevent it’s development then obviously certain changes in lifestyle will be helpful, but these are often slow and difficult targets to attain – and sometimes far from popular so people give up. However if you do take active steps to improve your lifestyle then you will feel the benefits in other consequential areas.

To prevent snoring and OSA, there are products available with virtually 100% success rates and these are both recommended and approved by the NHS without the need for a prescription or making visits to Hospitals with designated Sleep Centres.

A simple, comfortable oral appliance, similar to a sports gum shield can be worn during sleep to eliminate the problem. They are unobtrusive and comfortable to wear as they mould easily in seconds to fit the shape of your mouth. They’re also inexpensive and start at under £40 whether it’s just for snoring, or for the more dangerous version called sleep apnoea.

What price a healthy longer life?

John Redfern