Snoring can trigger a stroke or heart attack

Whilst waiting to go into a meeting the other day I happened to pick up a copy of a daily newspaper in the waiting area, and came across an interesting comment in the column written by the well-known agony aunt Miriam Stoppard.

It should be said that as well as having performed that role, and also that of TV presenter, she is a fully qualified Doctor, having worked in several major hospitals including that in her home town, Newcastle, before going on to become the managing director of a large pharmaceutical company. She has also written several books on health including The Children’s Medical Handbook.

Here’s what she wrote:

One of my sons snored so loudly that the whole house seemed to vibrate. It was the vibrations that worried me, not the noise.
Then I read some research showing that road workers who habitually used a pneumatic drill can get disease of the arteries in their arms due to the vibrations from the drill. It’s called Raynaud’s disease and is the result of furring up your blood vessels. In cold weather, your hands get cold and painful very quickly – so-called dead hands”.

White Finger from chain saw

Coming from an area where using this type of equipment was common, I was familiar with it, but knew it locally as ‘Vibration White Finger Disease’ – which aptly describes the look of the sufferer’s hands. It was quite common amongst Forestry workers. Medical research has proved that this arterial disease is due to the regular vibrations from industrial drills or saws.

It transpires that the vibrations due to snoring can have a similar effect to this.

Snoring can trigger stroke and heart trouble – and this is because habitual snorers are more likely to develop furred up carotid arteries – the main arteries in the neck that supply oxygenated blood to most of the brain.

Further research shows the trauma caused by the vibrations of snoring may result in inflammation leading to arteries thickening, and cutting down the blood flow.

Snoring is commonly linked to hardening of the arteries around the heart, which can lead to heart attacks. It is thought that this may be due to sleep apnoea that can cause the inflammation and contribute to furred up arteries.

We assess that three million Britons have sleep apnoea, where the tissue of the throat muscles collapses, triggering snoring and, in some cases, stopping the flow of air altogether, leading to you briefly waking up, but the majority of cases go undiagnosed – mostly because snoring is still ignored – and simple treatment such as an anti-snoring mouthpiece is so easily available. These oral appliances are worn at night, preventing your snoring immediately. They are highly effective, are non-prescription and some are also NHS Approved.

They can save lives – maybe yours. 

By John Redfern


Snoring can cause Women to put on weight

Lack of sleep affects food choices and if you don’t sleep well it can cause you to choose more high-calorie foods. So, not only does being overweight cause you to snore, it would appear that snoring causes you to gain weight too.

It’s obviously normal for a poor night’s sleep to affect you the next day and make you feel tired; if it’s a constant problem then it could have some wide-ranging effects on your health.

Several studies have suggested that a lack of sleep can increase the chance of weight gain and obesity. It may be that a lack of sleep affects hormones that help control our appetite, that people eat more calories to make up for the tiring effects of lost sleep, or that people who stay up late tend to sleep less overall and eat more calories during their extended waking hours.

Snoring and Weight gain

However, these are mostly theories, as few good-quality studies have explored the link between sleep, eating, and weight gain. To help fill this gap in what we know, researchers recruited 225 healthy, non-obese people (aged 22 to 50 years old) to live in a sleep laboratory for 12 to 18 days.

They randomly selected participants to have five nights of either:
Restricted sleep, with four hours in bed, from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m., or
Unrestricted sleep, with 10 hours in bed, from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.

During the day, people had regular meals and could also eat at other times, as food was always available in the kitchen. What food they ate and their weight were closely monitored, so the researchers could compare the two groups to see whether restricted sleep increased the chance of weight gain.

What did we learn?
People who had restricted sleep consumed more calories than those who had unrestricted sleep.
All of the extra calories – around 550 per day on average – were from food consumed between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.
When eating late at night, people also got more of their calories from higher fat foods than at other times of the day.
On average, people with restricted sleep gained nearly a kilo of weight, while those with unrestricted sleep gained only one-tenth of a kilogram.

How reliable is the research?
This was a good-quality study. However, it’s worth noting it only included people who were healthy, fairly young, and not obese. So it’s not clear whether these findings will definitely apply to other groups of people. Also, the participants weren’t able to exercise during the study and might not have had access to all the foods they usually ate. These things might have had an effect on the findings.

What does this mean for me?
It provides good evidence that restricted sleep can increase how many calories you eat and leads to weight gain, at least in the short term. If you tend to stay up late and/or get little sleep, it may be especially pertinent to you as after 10 p.m. was when people typically got their extra calories, rather than during the day.

By John Redfern


Snoring, sleep apnoea, and sleep loss in women

Snoring, and sleep apnoea in particular, were both generally considered to be conditions predominantly affecting men but we now know this not to be the case, with the ration of men to women estimated at approximately 2:1. Since sleep apnoea is mainly a problem that is self-reported , men were more likely to seek help for this and heavy snoring, even if prompted to do so by their partner.

Approximately 50% of women snorers are believed not to report their symptoms to their GP, mostly due to being embarrassed. Some studies show that as many as 90% of more severe cases go undiagnosed in women, and women have a tendency not to report apnoea events, choking or restless sleep, whereas most men did report these matters.

Treatment however can be both simple and inexpensive and it can prevent major health problems in later life. Sufferers are often put off by the thought that the treatment most used historically was CPAP, where air is forced via a mask into the lungs throughout the whole night. More recent thinking is to recommend the use of an oral appliance for mild and moderate cases of sleep apnoea.

Sleep apnea in womenComparison showing Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP and an Oral Appliance (MAD)

The contrast is shown in the photography above where one patient is using a mask

for CPAP and the other an oral appliance – just distinguishable in the inset, with the result that this method is now much more appealing to those who suffer – both men and women. This treatment, although not quite so effective, works very well.

Snoring often results in a disturbed night and it is very common to hear a comment such as – “I barely slept last night. I just couldn’t get comfortable” – or – “I tried to fall asleep, but my mind kept racing.”

Sleep, and the lack of it, is a common talking point, and disturbed sleep generally is much more common in women than men. A woman’s experience of sleep loss is different and sometimes feminine factors are involved that may cause and maintain sleep difficulties. However, focusing on quality sleep is important to help prevent many aspects of both physical and mental health.

Disruption of sleep leads not only to daytime sleepiness, but memory lapses, weight gain, headaches, irritability and poor work performance overall. It can also contribute to psychological disorders such as depression and for the more severe cases, there’s an increased risk of high blood pressure, premature heart disease and stroke.

It’s not an area to neglect.

The best solution is an approach on several fronts including exercise, reduced alcohol consumption, healthy eating and treatment for the sleep apnoea or heavy snoring which will stop the snoring immediately whilst other things take time.

There are several treatment solutions including surgery, CPAP (Continuous Positive Airways Pressure) a full-face mask which works by stopping the airways from collapsing, or a mandibular advancement device, like a sports mouth-guard, that holds the lower jaw slightly forward, making more space to breathe.

Many women now opt for the mouthpiece. It’s easy to wear, quite comfortable, non-claustrophobic unlike the mask, and doesn’t create dryness of the mouth, which CPAP has a tendency to do. Mouthpieces are easily acquired as they are non-prescription, but some are NHS Approved, which is preferable, and they will bring you immediate results.

SleepPro now have a special product in their range dedicated to women only – the only oral appliance technology company to do so.

By John Redfern


Massive increases recorded in the number of women who snore

Women in particular do not like to think they snore – there’s a stigma attached to it – yet they now account for 40 per cent of snorers,” says Dr Martin Allen, who is a consultant physician at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, and a spokesperson for the British Lung Foundation.

Snoring damages health

Previously considered by many to be a predominantly male domain, it is now women who account for almost half of the snoring problem in the UK. There is no denying that it is predominantly their changed lifestyle that has caused the problem, and again there is massive proof to support this. Latest figures show that women are seeking to resolve it however, and are dealing with it in a number of ways, dependent upon the problem’s severity.

Clinics are now advising 10 times more women snorers than 2 years ago – and the problem is conclusively a result of drinking, smoking, and weight gain. As well as the health problems previously mentioned, fatigue and irritability are also often a major result of having that disturbed night’s rest.

As we are all aware, stopping smoking is difficult, even in Stoptober, drinking tends to be an important part of all our social lives, and losing those extra pounds is harder work still, which can often necessitate lots of time and expense at the Gym in the early morning or after a busy day – which is not always convenient.

The majority of women snorers can stop snoring immediately through the use of a simple oral appliance that has previously been targeted at men alone; it’s fast, unobtrusive, and inexpensive. It’s a simple mouthpiece that helps to keep the airway open at night when asleep. No prescription is required and some products in the UK already have NHS Approval Status having been tried and tested for many years. It’s both fast and effective and it can stop your snoring whilst you’re working hard correcting those other lifestyle issues.

SleepPro are the leading British company in this field and their oral appliances are recommended by Clinics, Doctors, and Dentists throughout the world. As well as having full NHS Approval they have a recorded 98% success rate for product effectiveness, which at the end of the day is what counts most.

To meet this new and rising demand from women they have now taken it further and are the first to produce a specially produced mouthpiece for women that has now become available land was launched just this week.

Look for new SleepPro Woman – it’s pink, not the traditional male blue, and in the early sales period, there’s a pound donation from every sale going to support the vital research carried out by the Breast Cancer Campaign – appropriately named #wearitpink.

By John Redfern


Snoring tops the new “Hate List’ for bedroom annoyances

We all need a good night’s sleep regularly but in a recent nationwide survey in the United Kingdom, snoring topped the list of our most hated bedroom annoyances by a country mile and came top of the list with 54% in the poll taken in this multi-response survey.

Maybe it’s not a lot to ask from a loved one, but sound, restful sleep is incredibly important to our lives in so many ways, and we seemingly fail to make it possible for each other. Millions of people in Britain are losing vital hours of good sleep because their partner is disturbing their sleep.

To put it in perspective, an adult needs to get at least 8 hours restful and undisturbed sleep each night for their mind and their body to perform at their best the next day. This is not happening.

A whopping 74% claim that they lose at least one hour’s sleep per night and that’s the same as going one night each week without going to bed at all.

Snoring causes arguments

One fact is new – and that is that we are owning up to snoring at last, whereas we either used to dismiss it altogether or simply regard it as a joke. The same survey showed that 44% of us owned up to snoring.

There are other reasons too for these disturbed nights, as well as snoring, but this was by far the leading ‘annoyance’ with couples, and many of these bad habits seem to be turning our bedrooms into battlefields.

Leading the way in the table of hates and dislikes were these:

Snoring 54%

Hogging the duvet 46%

Sleeping naked 41%

Restless fidgeting 40%

Stealing partner’s space 36%

Passing wind 34%

Bad Breath 27%

Sweating 26%

Allowing pets into bed 17%

Sleep Talking 17%

Most of these problems can of course be solved – including snoring.

Bedtime however was considered important, and more than half of the couples that were interviewed stated that they enjoyed quality time in bed with their partner, with pillow talk playing an important role for some 59%, particularly those with children. It gave them time to discuss family matters, plans, future holidays, and of course the dreaded subject of in-laws.

So despite the warfare, it’s a good opportunity for couples to bond and take key decisions together as long as the overall conditions are right for a good night’s sleep.

We should maybe focus on the annoyances and eliminate them – after all it’s so easy to do that, and the overall results could be so beneficial to both marital life and future health.


#Stoptober • Is Smoking Ruining Your Sleep?

#stoptober
The successful Stoptober campaign is under way yet again and as well as assisting you to stop smoking, it can help you in other ways – such as stopping snoring. Snoring happens for lots of different reasons and sleep disorders of this type can be caused by genetics, body weight, or simply age. However we know that smoking can make you snore.
Although smoking can make you snore there are several ways it can do this. The first and second ways are quite obvious. Firstly it can dry out your throat very quickly which isn’t a major cause of snoring, but it can contribute to it. The second way smoking can cause snoring is by direct irritation. When you smoke, the smoke itself irritates your mouth and throat including the mucus membranes and the bronchial tubes. That may not sound like much, but it is.
Because your airway is quite small to begin with, it takes very little for it to be constricted enough for you to start to notice, and all of the irritation that is caused by cigarette smoke leads to inflammation. In such a small space inflammation is not a good thing and it’s enough to constrict your airway and cause you to snore – sometimes very heavily.
However there is actually a third way in which smoking is related to snoring. For some people, smoking causes them to actually create more mucus and if you’re producing too much mucus it can take up space in your airway and make you snore. There is no way to get rid of it completely but reducing your milk intake and increasing the amount of water you drink will help.
Solutions
Even ex-smokers are more likely to snore than someone who has never smoked. However, just because there isn’t an easy solution to the problem that doesn’t mean that the symptoms cannot be treated.
Obviously you can stop smoking. Otherwise, your best bet is probably a simple mouthpiece that you wear at night when sleeping. The mouthpiece is the best way to open up space through the airway and this will prevent you from snoring. It’s comfortable fast, and inexpensive – and can help stop or restrict other associated problems with your health – as well as quite often saving relationships.

Smoking leads to snoring

Smoking affects your sleep in several ways – all to do with the active ingredient, nicotine.

  • Depending on your level of use and dependence, your desire for additional nicotine during your sleep may cause you to awaken and this may lead to insomnia.
  • Nicotine itself is a stimulant and the use of it too close to bedtime may also make it difficult for you to fall asleep.
  • Smoking also is associated with a disruption of the basic structure of your sleep – called the sleep architecture – and this comprises a number of very important stages. Research shows that smokers take slightly longer to fall asleep, sleep less, and have less deep sleep.

For those who quit smoking, these differences in sleep architecture do not persist. So if you smoke and you also have disrupted sleep, this may be yet another very important reason why you should quit.

Stop Now….before it’s too late.

By John Redfern

 

 


Heavy Texting and Social Media are linked to Sleep Problems and poor performance for University students

I recently highlighted the high incidence of sleep disorders in adults, particularly women, and also wrote about the worrying problems that lack of sleep and snoring can cause in children – but what about young adults – particularly students going away from home for the first time?

Sleep deprivation has always been regarded as a major problem for those leaving home to go to College and University – as part of their transition to campus life. Now, a new study in the USA has identified another problem when it comes to students and sleep problems. In a word, it’s Texting.

Sleep Problems and poor performance

In a recent article it was reported that texting was a direct predictor of sleep problems among first-year students in a study that examined links between inter-personal stress, text messaging behaviour, and three indicators of college students’ health: burnout, sleep problems and emotional well-being.

Although the results of this study showed that the impact of texting on a student’s psychological well-being very much depended on the level of interpersonal stress they were already facing, more texting was associated with poorer sleep regardless of their previous level of stress.

The students in the study were all in their first year away from home and answered questions that measured academic and social burnout, emotional well-being, and sleep problems. They were also asked to estimate how many text messages they sent and received on an average day.

The study’s findings on sleep were especially significant given the well-documented compromises in sleep that students experience throughout their time in higher education, but especially in the first year. Several recent studies have shown that 70 per cent of college students receive less than the eight recommended hours of sleep. A recent survey concluded that “Only 40 per cent of students feel rested on two days of the week”.

To assess the students’ sleep quality, a ‘Sleep Quality Index’ was used to fit the college sample. It measured multiple aspects of sleep quality such as sleep duration, the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, the amount of time actually spent sleeping while in bed, night-time disturbances, and any daytime sleepiness.

The key finding was that the higher the number of daily texts – the higher the index of the student’s sleep problems. It is worth noting that this finding reinforces previous evidence pointing to a direct association between the use of mobile phones and poor sleep in adolescents and emerging adults.

Among the possible causes for this connection are two tendencies: students’ feeling pressured to respond immediately to texts, no matter what time of day or night, and students’ sleeping with the phone nearby, thus being awakened by the alerts from incoming texts. Initial conclusions are that heavy text messaging could be problematic during times of stress. Although speculative, it could be argued that texting is a uniquely unsuitable mode of communication for coping with interpersonal stress in close relationships.”

For instance, it is suggested that the abbreviated language that is common in texting — so-called “textese” — lacks the ability to provide the kind of nuance that is important in discussing sensitive issues. In addition, texting fails to offer critical non-verbal indications and hints that would be part of a face-to-face conversation. The Report stated that:

“Text messaging may carry a high risk of producing misunderstandings and unproductive interactions during periods of stress. When interpersonal stress involves conflict, the conditions required for productive communication may be particularly difficult to achieve through texting.”

To put it simply, as well as distracting students from restful sleep, leaving them tired the next day, texts can very easily be misunderstood, and cause more problems than they solve in a conversation.

Texting, Social Networking and other Media use has also been linked to poor academic performance in a US Report which says the widespread use of media among college students — from texting, to chatting on cell phones, to posting status updates on Facebook — may be taking a very serious academic toll.

According to this new study, new women students spent nearly half their day — 12 hours — engaged in some form of media use, particularly texting, music, the Internet and social networking. Researchers found media use, in general, was associated with lower grades an other academic problems. However, there were two exceptions: newspaper reading and listening to music were actually linked to a positive academic performance.

These findings were reported online in the journal Emerging Adulthood, and they offer some new insight into media use in early adulthood, at a time when many young people are living independently for the first time and have significant freedom from parental monitoring.

By John Redfern


Save yourself from anxiety and depression

Depression is “A mental disorder characterized by feelings of gloom and inadequacy” and anxiety is classified as ‘’a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome”. Being anxious or depressed some of the time is normal and is a part of being human. However when anxiety and depression prolongs itself and starts to affect your daily life your relationships and self esteem that gets alarming and needs intervention, be it medical intervention or self help.

Depression is more than short term sadness. Feeling anxious is OK sometimes, before a job interview or before an exam for example but anxiety disorder becomes prolonged and lead to panic attacks. Our feelings are important physiological cues to us and they are gentle ways of nature to tell us about something, they are indicators that we need to amend the specific aspects of our lives and tuning up ourselves is needed.

These feelings of anxiety and negativity are signals for us. Mother Nature is telling us (and if we don’t listen yelling at us) TO DO SOMETHING. They are in fact trying to motivate you. Take the example of a person criticizing you. You will not like it, feel angry or hurt. That is your mind’s response in saving your well-being.

However when these feelings of anxiety and depression get out of control and you feel your productivity is being affected and you don’t want to come out of the bed and just want to vanish or disappear when you think that your existence does not matter to any one and the world would be better off without you this is the kind of feeling you should get rid of and treat.

Getting free from anxiety and depression

Depression is a very painful situation. The agony and the suffering a depressed person undergoes is immense and the good news is that it can be cured. Below is some advice on dealing with the situation:

  • Reprogram your mind: the negative feelings the feeling of worthlessness are all in your mind. Fight them, counter them and do this firmly. Tell yourself again and again that you are a wonderful amazing and unique person. Kill those negative thoughts that let you down and make you feel bad about yourself.
  • Get inspired by people: keep a good company, one that will motivate you, let you learn and grow and excel in life.
  • Get connected with nature: nature has a magical way of healing. Go for a walk, hiking go to the beach or just stroll in a park.
  • Help others: when you lend a helping hand to those who are less fortunate than you are you will feel blessed and thankful and happy.
  • Eat happy: take vitamins, fresh fruits, and maintain a healthy well balanced diet.
  • Exercise: A 30 min walk in the park will boost your mood a lot. Make it a habit to do physical exercise daily and this will relax you and lessen your anxiety.
  • Write it down: a great way to do purification is to write down everything or anything that comes to your mind in a private diary and one feels less stressed. This method is especially helpful if you are having communication problems and find it hard to communicate verbally. This journal therapy is a great way to de stress yourself
  • Live your own life: we have many responsibilities and roles that we are juggling in our daily lives and each responsibility demands a lot from us. Sometimes in the midst of these commitments we neglect our selves drastically and when this gets prolonged we get depressed. It happens that we are doing what pleases our parents our spouses our boyfriends or girl friends or someone else and in all this effort the person getting neglected severely is OUR OWN SELF. So take time for your own self, make yourself happy and LIVE YOUR DREAM.
  • Stop comparing yourself with others: that will just make matters worse for you. You can`t comprehend what problems other people have faced so be grateful for what you have and concentrate on your own life. This way you shall defeat both the anxiety and depression. The grass always looks green on the other side of the fence, but it isn’t.

About the Author:

John Paul is a writer who specializes in sleep disorders. You can check his Sleep Deprivation website, where you can find valuable and latest information about sleep disorders, and much more.


Orthodontists have a big role to play in stopping children snoring

Many more people are now aware of the serious health dangers for both adults and children that are signaled by snoring. It’s not just a matter of sleepless nights and poor rest for your children but also poor behavior and learning difficulties are also likely.

A recent Conference held in New Zealand featured strongly on this subject and the key role that the family orthodontist can play. One of the main topics was the problem of obstructive sleep apnoea, especially in children, and the role of orthodontists in helping to diagnose and treat the problem.

The statistics are similar in Australia and New Zealand to those for the United Kingdom. We are aware that approximately one in 25 men, and one in 50 women, are affected, but that significant numbers of others remain totally undiagnosed and therefore receive no treatment – a dangerous situation.

The main objective was to better educate the medical profession as far as snoring and sleep apnoea is concerned, an area where Australasia, and also the UK, lags far behind the USA and Canada in recognition and advice.

Sleep Apnoea - Children and Sleep Disorders

It is generally believed that about 35 per cent of children who snored more than three times a week have obstructive sleep apnoea, and that weight and environmental factors like allergies could increase the risk.

“If a child is snoring more than three nights a week then parents should be concerned.”

It was stated that if sleep apnoea went untreated, as well as behavioural and learning problems, it could cause other problems in the muscle and skeletal structure of the face.

A speaker from from the leading New Zealand Children’s Hospital said that often parents weren’t too concerned about snoring, but it could be a sign of bigger problems and it was important to have it diagnosed and treated.

“If parents feel that their child is having difficulty breathing while asleep, or are worried they are not getting enough air, then those are worrying signs that the child might have obstructive sleep apnoea. Because the breathing problem leads to sleep disturbance, children often have difficulty concentrating during the day and are more likely to have behaviour problems, temper tantrums and moodiness.”

The belief is that in many cases it is being picked up far too late, and because of that, problems like behavioural issues remain after treatment because they had become so entrenched over time.

It is in this area that the Conference believed that orthodontists have a key role to play.

Children with nasal obstruction, leading to snoring, sleep apnoea and daytime mouth breathing, can develop changes in the shape of the face that results in problems with the alignment of teeth. In some cases parents might not be aware that breathing is an issue and the first profession they might see could be an orthodontist.

Conference said “Orthodontists have an important role in asking about snoring and breathing problems during sleep and referring children to their doctor for tests and treatment where there is concern.”

By John Redfern


Researchers say that there is such a thing as 'Beauty Sleep'.

They say ‘Snoring makes you look old, ugly and dopey.’

  • Study of sleep apnoea patients shows that treatment makes them more noticeably attractive to others
  • Voters asked to rank pictures of patients before and after treatment
  • Snoring and poor sleep increased facial puffiness and redness
  • Commonly-held signs of sleepiness such as dark circles did not increase

According to an article published this week in the Science section of The Telegraph, and also in The Daily Mail, “Snoring not only keeps your partner awake at night, it also makes you more haggard and ugly.”

Coming from such creditable sources as these – How can we doubt it?

We have all become very aware these last few years of the many dangers of heavy snoring and sleep apnoea – but this is something new. Snoring can be more than just an annoyance to anyone sharing your bed – it is a very major health risk.

 

sleep apnoea

Some snorers will stop breathing numerous times during the night, and because they do, the usual oxygen supply to their hearts and brains is temporarily cut off. This is the condition known as sleep apnoea, the cause of which is the relaxed tissues in the soft palate at the back of the throat blocking the airway, and this causes their breathing to be interrupted. Sleep apnoea is much more common among obese people but is easily treatable, firstly by losing weight, or alternatively by wearing a simple device like a gum shield that keeps the airways open during sleep.

The evidence came from a study made of middle-aged sleep apnoea patients, where they found that two-thirds of those who were treated for this condition were judged to be much more attractive in their “after treatment” pictures than in the “before treatment pictures.”

Detailed analysis of the panel was made by a sensitive “face mapping” technique usually used by surgeons, and then asking the opinion of a panel of independent ‘appearance raters.’ The changes were noted just a few months after they began treatment to help them breathe better during sleep and overcome chronic sleepiness.

Patients’ foreheads were found to be less puffy and their faces less red following treatment for the sleep apnoea and they were assessed to have fewer wrinkles. The researchers also perceived, but did not have a way to measure, a reduction in forehead wrinkles after treatment.

The results were jointly published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine by the University of Michigan Health and Technology Departments, in which the article stated that the raters found that patients in the post-treatment photos looked more alert, more youthful and more attractive. The raters also correctly identified the post-treatment photo two-thirds of the time.

This report underlines just one more benefit of getting treatment for sleep apnoea with its many dangers. Sleep apnoea affects millions of adults – most undiagnosed – and puts them at higher risk for heart-related problems, other serious illnesses and daytime accidents caused by drowsiness.

By John Redfern