Snoring – Make sure the solution fits the problem

A snoring problem may well be slight and not hazardous to your overall well being but snoring can also be a sign of a more critical health situation like sleep apnea and other persistent conditions.

30 per cent of all those engaged in full time employment reported getting less than six hours of sleep a night in a recent study.

It gets worse. A study by the National Sleep Foundation found that 44 per cent of those aged 55 to 84 have one or more bouts of insomnia at least a few nights per week. Insomnia can be chronic, lasting a month or more, or acute, lasting just a few days or weeks. Most insomnia is related to another medical or psychiatric issue.

Whatever the cause, the resulting sleeplessness means people just aren’t resting enough and this is a problem that can endanger their health.

It has been proved countless times in major research studies in the UK and worldwide that severe snoring, if ignored, or untreated sleep apnoea, for example, causes increased blood pressure, hypertension, stroke, depression and mortality.

The answer is to seek medical help and treatment for your snoring problem as soon as possible. Do not neglect it because it rarely goes away and can lead on to serious health problems.

There are numerous easily accessible and inexpensive aids in the marketplace to help cure snoring problems but you must make sure that you take medical advice from your Doctor or Dentist. Although there are many supposed remedies very few are recommended or approved by the NHS in the United Kingdom.

Of course snoring spans all age groups and genders – men, women, babies, teenagers, adults and also the aged.

If you think have tried everything, but still seem to suffer from snoring, don’t give up.

Before turning to surgery, consider shopping for anti-snore devices. These products do not typically require a prescription, are economically priced and may just be the answer that you are looking for. However, as is the case when shopping for anything, there are a lot of anti-snore devices out there and knowing what to look for will make your selection process a lot easier.

So here are a number of useful tips to help you:

Tip 1
Read the packaging, or information, carefully. Is the product recommended or approved medically by an authoritative qualified organisation? If you see that the product is, in fact, NHS recommended, then you know that it is a quality anti-snore device. For example, the range of Dental Mouthpieces that are produced by British companies such as Sleeppro. These are fully recommended. And have been proven to be effective, so you know you are getting value for your money.

Tip 2
Is the product safe? If the label doesn’t feature any product warnings, then look at the features and ask yourself if you think it looks safe for you. There is simply no reason to consider a product with safety warnings. While you are asleep, how much attention can you be paying to the safety of anti-snore devices? A good anti-snore device will protect you while you sleep and not cause additional need for concern.

Tip 3
Take a moment to consider if this is one of the anti-snore devices that appears comfortable. Among the things to consider are its design and materials. For instance, Sleeppro produce a range of alternatives ranging from the standard mouthpiece through to fully custom fitted devices. In addition they are about to market their new product – a very useful new mouthpiece that you can self adjust for comfort. With this product, the snoring sufferer wont have to worry about tossing and turning in discomfort. Comfort is key and is a must-have to avoid further sleep deprivation.

Tip 4
Affordability is also a factor. Take some time to think about the cost of the item and its qualities. The majority of anti-snore devices are affordable, but others can be very costly. Before spending large amounts of money on anything, ask yourself if there is a more affordable product can produce the same results. Some products are fully guaranteed, particularly if made and marketed by British companies, and even offer a 30-day money back satisfaction clause.

Make sure you check them out for value and performance – a good night’s sleep and avoiding dangerous health conditions make it both important and worthwhile.

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By John Redfern

The Best Ways To Cure Your Snoring

Managing snoring issues has become such an important thing that the number of snoring solutions in the market has rocketed in the past few years. Having the problem under control is the promised output of many of them. Whether the solution is a chinstrap, or mouthpiece, the common claim is that they will solve a snorer’s problem. There’s really just one way to find out – and that’s to try it.

Many devices will claim effectiveness and that they have the ability to stop snoring. What I would recommend is that you do your research before purchasing one. There are some devices that have benefited users with a decrease in the intensity and frequency of snoring, while there are others that have totally cured them.

None of these solutions – or combinations of solutions – are expensive and are very easily accessible. On top of this they work quickly, even instantly, and you could have solved one of the biggest problems of your life = either a s a medical problem or a social problem.

Dental mouthpieces such as those from SleepPro, or MAD’s – Mandibular Adjustment Devices – as they are often called, are fully endorsed and recommended by the NHS – and they also supply them on certain occasions.

An anti-snoring mouthpiece is designed to position the jaw while sleeping in such a way that the airways are kept open. Some people need to adapt to such a device first before they can be comfortable in using it. The fact that a mouthpiece should be worn all through the night makes the most popular ones the ones that are made from the most comfortable materials. Most people get used to it quite quickly and find that it really works for them.

SleepPro provide a range of MED’s to provide the perfect solution. They offer a Standard product which is a good way to test the product’s effect on your snoring – and then upgrade to either and SFA version – this is self adjustable – or a completely Custom version which will be made to fit your mouth perfectly and comfortably from a molded impression. The products are British made to the highest standards and use high grade materials to ensure the best in both comfort and fit.

Chinstraps essentially work the same way as the mouthpieces in that they position the jaw slightly forward in order to keep the airway more open. But the device cups the chin instead, and come with straps that are tied around the person’s head. If you can be comfortable with this kind of contraption, it can work for you – but many heavy snorers wear both for maximum effectiveness.

If you’re a heavy snorer then always take advice from your dentist or doctor and keep them informed if you are trying products to help you – their advice can be invaluable. Despite a great fit and a positive response, there are still sometimes side effects to using an anti-snoring device – so get the most comfortable solution you can – and you’ll find it can really work well for you.

By John Redfern

New Report: Half of women may have Sleep Apnoea

Sleep is a big topic these days. Turn on the TV or radio and you’ll probably hear someone discussing sleep medicine. There have been broadcast several conversations about sleep recently on topics ranging from surgical options to sleep-inducing drinks. And books are being written everyday on sleep topics, as well as ongoing articles in national magazines – particularly on the subject of snoring

For many years this has been regarded as strictly a male preserve but the emphasis has started to shift recently. In fact half of all the women given overnight sleep tests for a new study were found to have mild-to-severe sleep apnoea – a staggering percentage.

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a serious snoring disorder in which the sufferer stops breathing during sleep for at least 10 seconds. It’s generally associated with men, but researchers in Sweden recently set out to determine the frequency of the problem in women. The results were surprising. Half of the women in the study experienced obstructive sleep apnoea, with 20 percent having moderate and 6 percent having severe symptoms.

The report has been published in the European Respiratory Journal and was based on women between the ages of 20 and 70 from a large population sample of 10,000.

The participants of the study were monitored during sleep for heart rate, eye and leg movements, blood oxygen levels, airflow and brain waves. Half experienced at least five episodes an hour when they stopped breathing for longer than 10 seconds. And for women with hypertension or who were obese, the numbers reached as high as 80 to 84 percent.

The results were very clear cut and seem to have started many alarm bells ringing – it was important enough to have been picked up and covered by the UK National Press including the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail.

Age played a big part and the disorder was found to be more prevalent in older women: Among women aged 20-44, one quarter had sleep apnea, compared to 56 percent of women aged 45-54 and 75 percent of women aged 55-70.

Occasional cessation in breathing during sleep may happen to everyone from time to time, but in obstructive sleep apnea there are at least five times when breathing stops, for at least 10 seconds each time, within an hour. Patients with really severe symptoms may stop breathing hundreds of times in one sleeping session.

Sleep apnoea is a serious health problem and is tied to a higher risk of depression, stroke, heart attack, cancer and early death. Importantly it can be minimized or even eliminated by simple anti-snoring devices such as Mouthpieces worn at night.

Many patients are not aware of their sleep disorder, and knowing these symptoms can often help:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Loud snoring, which is usually more prominent in obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep that is witnessed by another person
  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath, which more likely indicates central sleep apnoea
  • Awakening with a very dry mouth or a sore throat
  • Morning headache
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Attention problems during the day

In some occupations, particularly when driving or being in charge of any machinery, sleep apnoea is extremely dangerous due to the possible lack of attention or even from falling asleep briefly.

Another recent study also found that women who have sleep apnoea are more likely to develop memory problems and dementia.

One piece of important advice – Do not Ignore it.

If you suspect problems take advice from your GP who may even ask you to attend a specialist NHS Sleep Centre for further tests and confirmation of the symptoms.

Act now – because it will not go away – it will simply get worse.

By John Redfern

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Snoring: The Problem – The Dangers – The Solution

According to a new report by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) nn estimated 40% of adult men and 24% of adult women suffer from habitual snoring. In addition, the AADSM has found that 50% of snorers have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), a dangerous, life threatening disorder that affects millions of people throughout the world – 20 million in the USA alone with millions more here in the UK and many millions more in all other countries of the developed world.

Snoring, although often regarded as funny, or annoying, can be highly dangerous too and should be treated to keep it under control and reduce the problem as soon as possible.

OSA happens when the tissue in the upper-airway blocks the entire airway, causing a pause in a person’s breathing. This blockage keeps air from getting into the lungs, lowering a person’s blood-oxygen levels. For OSA sufferers, this pause in breath can generally last from 10 to 30 seconds, but sometimes for a minute or more, and hundreds of times a night.

Many Dental Sleep experts believe that oral appliance therapy is both better received and more successful than the CPAP treatment that is often recommended and has low levels of success compared with the impressive 90-95% success rate of an oral appliance. Dental or Oral Mouthpieces, or MAD’s (Mandibular Adjustment Devices) slightly alter the position of the jaw and ensure a safe and continued passage of air throughout the night. They are safe, effective, inexpensive and easy to use.

Patients tolerate MAD’s better than wearing the CPAP mask that gives an Oxygen supply throughout the night and they certainly consider it a more acceptable route than surgery which can of course be dangerous.

MAD’s are NHS Approved for the very reasons outlined here and your Doctor or Dentist will advise you that it is important to treat your snoring problem as soon as you possibly can.

More and more Research Reports have focused on Snoring over the last decade and Snoring is now related to numerous key Health Problems that are life threatening. It has been thoroughly researched world wide and there is no doubt of the facts. Too much conclusive evidence points to the undeniable fact that Snoring is a serious problem. It must be treated, reduced and overcome.

Snoring can seriously strain a person’s relationship and can also cause serious health risks.

In addition to the general consequences of an adult having disturbed nights which include of course daytime tiredness, lack of concentration, and inattention – all of which can be dangerous – it has also been found that it can be a problem in young children too. Social and behavioural problems have been closely linked to the results of snoring in young children and this is being carefully monitored.

Higher up the scale snoring has been linked with increased cardiovascular dangers including both strokes and heart attacks, and higher levels of diabetes also. The Daily Telegraph reported in May this year that snoring can increase the risk of cancer five-fold.

Snoring and the associated side effects are a problem therefore that must be addressed and not dismissed – but solutions are available readily that can clear the problem immediately – and the sooner the better.

Take advice – do it quickly – and the results will follow fast by using NHS Approved products such as the SleepPro range of MAD’s. Start with the simple out-of-the-box product and you’ll find how effective it is. From there you can if you wish upgrade easily to a product tailored to custom fit your needs and requirements.

By John Redfern

Snoring Aids And You • The Very Latest Solutions

Many people treat snoring as a simple condition that can be ignored or just dealt with later – possibly because they live alone or because their partners can ignore it. In fact, sometimes people do not even realize that others are constantly annoyed by their snoring.

The reason for this is simple: Most snorers don’t even know they snore!

Meanwhile, some people seem to think that this is a natural, inevitable condition for them, and one that does not need to be cured. However, snoring issues can often cause a lot of future problems; it could even indicate a more dangerous present health problem, so it is always better to solve your snoring problem as soon as you can.

Snoring, especially for people who are already married or living with a partner, can be a very annoying problem for that person’s partner. It might also lead to relationship problems. However, sometimes snoring can also indicate a dangerous health condition, called obstructive sleep apnoea, which could even cause fatal damage to your body. So, if you have not reached the age of 30 yet, it might be a good idea to solve your severe snoring problem as soon as possible, even if you are living on your own and you sleep alone.

The first move for many snorers, of course, is to consider using one of the many advertised ‘stop snoring’ devices to attempt to cure the problem. But is this the smartest move for you?

There are many solutions for snoring problems, including herbal medicines, stop snoring devices, and surgery. But before going into more depth about the solutions, it is essential to know what the common causes of snoring are.

Snoring happens when the flow of air is obstructed in your mouth and nose. It can be caused by natural reasons, like age and gender. Men are comparatively more likely to snore than women, and middle-aged people are more likely to snore than younger people. However, there are other less well-known causes of snoring like alcohol intake and sleep posture. Obesity can also leads to snoring, and people with nasal problems would also experience snoring problems. Some people are also born with abnormalities in the soft tissues in their throat that create a tendency to snore.

The first step to fight snoring is STOP the bad habits that may be causing the condition. Stop drinking alcohol; avoid sleeping on your back, and so on. People who are obese may want to make a real push to get to their ideal body weight, which can greatly affect all areas of health. However, for people who are obese and those whose snoring is caused by natural causes, more complex solutions are often needed to stop the snoring.

If surgery is too expensive or too scary, then talk to your doctor. He more than likely will recommend using a stop snoring device such as a dental mouthpiece. They have a terrific success record and are fully endorsed and recommended by the NHS.

SleepPro offer the full range of solutions from a simple “out of the box version” which is so well priced that you can trial it to see if it works for you – and if it does there is a more customised version that will mould to your specific requirements – and you can even get the money back for the first basic product that you tried.

In fact why not consider a professionally fitted device made especially for you. These are a little more expensive, but tend to be even more effective than the two previous “out of the box” solutions.

Take a good look at the various options offered by Sleeppro including their latest SFA version – currently the ultimate in comfort, fit and adjustment.

If you do go down this popular road then make sure to consult with your dentist in order to ensure the best fit for your jaw.

By John Redfern

Back to School with a good night’s sleep

Tips for parents to recognize signs of childhood obstructive sleep apnoea

With the summer holiday period over, and school days upon us once again, a good night’s sleep should be on the top of each child’s list of supplies. But for some children, getting the rest they need means more than just having an early bedtime. Yet again the United States shows us the way.

 At the main Allergy Centre in Chicago, allergy, asthma, and immunology experts are helping parents recognize the signs of childhood obstructive sleep apnoea by carefully monitoring childhood snoring and childhood nasal allergies.

Many children snore from time to time, and this is quite normal, particularly if they have a cold or if they suffer from asthma. But as their highly specialized paediatric nasal congestion and sleep apnoea expert explains, “if your child is a restless sleeper who chronically snores and mouth breathes and shows signs of daytime difficulties, obstructive sleep apnoea could be the cause.” He also points out that the symptoms of sleep apnoea in kids can be much subtler than those found with adult sleep apnoea.

Sleep Apnoea In Children – What To Look For

Beyond restless nights, parents who suspect their child may have obstructive sleep apnoea are encouraged to watch for these warning signs that can begin as early as 2-6 years of age.

Night-time Sleep Apnoea Symptoms

  • Persistent snoring and mouth breathing
  • Gasping or laboured breathing
  • Frequent bedwetting beyond the normal age range
  • Night sweats
  • Unusual sleeping positions

Daytime Sleep Apnoea Symptoms

  • Allergies, asthma, or frequent ear infections
  • Poor school performance or trouble focusing on tasks
  • Behavioural or social problems
  • Bad mood or constant agitation
  • Depression or anxiety

Childhood Nasal Allergies and Asthma

One of the things that is highly common for children with sleep apnoea is to have other breathing issues. Some children are just persistent snorers and don’t necessarily have sleep apnoea but compounding issues, such as enlarged tonsils and adenoids, can elevate the problem to sleep apnoea.

Very few allergy and asthma experts give childhood sleep apnoea anything like the attention that it deserves. Even if your child is consistently getting between 10 and 12 hours of sleep each night, sleep apnoea can cause enough disruption to affect their mood, their school performance, and their  overall behaviour patterns. Studies in the USA have shown that middle school students and sixth formers with moderate to severe sleep apnoea achieve lower grades and have greater trouble on both focusing and on paying attention in class.

If you think your child suffers from sleep apnoea, the American specialists suggest a thorough exploration of all symptoms and physical factors that could contribute to breathing problems. Beyond monitoring your child’s tonsil and adenoid size, it is vital also to evaluate their soft palate and uvula, tongue, jaw positioning, and nasal passages and airways.

The American Dental and Medical Practices have long stated that addressing a child’s sleep issues early will not only improve their academic and social performance, but it will also position them for healthy adult sleep habits later – maybe even saving their life in more critical cases.

By John Redfern

Snoring to your heart's content

If you’re having trouble getting a good night’s sleep then take care because it can greatly affect the health of your heart. So many recent medical studies from all around the world have underlined this fact for us so there is no doubt about it.

I’m not talking about the problem of insomnia – which is a totally separate issue – but about seriously heavy snoring or even sleep apnoea, a disorder that is clearly characterised by pauses in breathing during the night’s sleep. This can cause blood pressure to increase significantly and is primarily caused by abnormalities in the respiratory tract that affect airflow when sleeping.

Interestingly, it is not those with sleep apnoea that consult their GP but usually it’s the person who sleeps next to them, or even worse, someone who cannot sleep next to them, due to the heavy snoring or sudden pauses in breathing.

It’s usually the latter alarming event that brings about the rush to see a doctor.

One of the signs of really disturbed sleep is feeling tired during the day despite believing that you’ve had a long night’s rest. If you feel sleepy for no reason, check with the person who sleeps next to you or your doctor, just to make sure because in the long run, lack of sleep can cause chronic oxygen shortage, and the body will release substances that trigger the nervous system and essentially tell the blood vessels to tighten up, causing high blood pressure.

Apart from that it can damage the inner lining of blood vessel walls, interfering with the substance that causes the blood vessels to dilate, which in turn affects the blood pressure and heart function and leads to heart failure. Even worse, the heart can stop beating altogether if the person leaves the condition untreated long enough to develop a weakened heart muscle or heart failure.

Simply put, those with heavy snoring problems or sleep apnoea have a greater chance of having high blood pressure, heart disease and a stroke.

So if snoring is the cause of your high blood pressure, treating it will help bring your blood pressure level back to normal – or at least make it easier to control. In mild cases, losing weight can help a great deal, and it also lowers the chance of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Changing sleeping positions can also make a difference.

Avoiding alcoholic drinks, sleeping pills and smoking are also very important to the treatment and if the condition doesn’t improve, consult a doctor, because there can be many reasons for the problem of sleeplessness or snoring.

To determine the real cause, careful examination is needed. It is best to start treatment early before sleep apnoea has permanently damaged your health. If you sleep next to someone who snores, listen to the sound of his or her snoring and encourage them to do something about it before it becomes serious.

For heavy snorers, one of the simplest ways to ensure that breathing remains normal during the night is by the use of a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) or Snoring Mouthpiece. They are easy to obtain, inexpensive, efficient and of course NHS Approved. Simply wear it at night and that long elusive good night’s sleep is yours again – and also your partner’s.

By John Redfern

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Snoring and the Olympics

There is no doubt that the recent Olympics have been a great showcase for Great Britain and they also served to highlight the value of fitness and good health to all of us whatever our age may be.

And didn’t we do well in every way…Team GB and LOCOG are to be congratulated for a truly magnificent Olympian effort.

It received worldwide coverage of course and some very interesting stories emerged as a result of that including the comments by a previous Olympic heroine, now a Team GB Mentor, the one and only Dame Kelly Holmes who stated categorically that she had no patience with ‘snort merchants’.

“It winds me up so much,” declared the double gold medallist. She wasn’t even talking about partners in bed. So profound is her hatred of the habit that, in the past, she has woken up “countless” snorers on planes when she is travelling. “Now, I’ll either knock past someone deliberately, or tell the hostess to wake them otherwise I’m going to smother them,” she added.

Another wonderful story or two emerged during the Olympics from one of my favourite columnists in the British National Press, Leo McKinstry, a regular writer for many of our better quality publications who confessed to the following.

“To give you an indication of how loud my snoring is, I was chatting to a neighbour the other day and he mentioned, to my embarrassment, that he could actually hear me from his garden early in the morning – even though I sleep on the third floor of our house”.

In his defence he said that he came from from a family of heavy snorers and that some of his male relatives could have competed for Team GB if snoring were an Olympic sport.

Even in his youth, he could easily wreck the peace of the night. On one occasion, he went to a student party at a friend’s house in Brighton and, once the drink had run out, a large group of them bedded down in sleeping bags on the floor of an upper room.

The next morning, he woke up on the floor of the kitchen, still in his sleeping bag. When he asked his friend how on earth he had got there, he told him that the other partygoers were so fed up with his snoring that they lifted him up and put him downstairs and he had slept through the whole thing.

There are many claimed solutions to the problem of snoring – even surgery. One could take the ultimate step by having an operation on the nose, just as the Labour leader Ed Miliband did last year. But there is always a small risk with invasive surgery, and, besides, I gather the success rate is not that high. Indeed, judging by the way he still speaks, the operation on Red Ed’s nasal passage hardly seems to have worked at all.

So the Olympics may be over – but the problem of snoring goes on. Take expert advice if you are a sufferer and consult your Doctor or Dentist. The NHS has simple approved methods to help that can remove the problem for many with little effort and minimal expense – and the relief is instant – a simple mouthpiece that is easy to wear at night and helps to keep the airways open.

You’ll breathe better – minimise your snoring or even eradicate it totally – sleep well – and your bedfellow too will breathe a sigh of relief.

You will have achieved a real Gold Medal result.

By John Redfern

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Snoring isn't sexy… and that's a Dentist's opinion!

It would seem perfectly normal to get our Dentist’s opinion on snoring but usually we make it a matter for our Doctor, Health Centre or specialist NHS Sleep clinic. In addition, I’m always reminding you all to make sure to keep your GP informed of the situation.

So, for a change, we’re going to talk about Dentists and the role they play. And once again other countries sadly seem to be leading the way in terms of giving good advice.

Recently a seminar was arranged in the United States by a typical Family Dentist and attended by over 60 people from the State in which she worked. The content was designed to be educational and was part of a very thorough outreach programme that was initiated to introduce the general public to the role that dentists play in the recognition and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea or OSN.

The primary medical treatment for OSA is a device known as CPAP (Continuous Positive Air pressure) that supports the airway during sleep with pressurized air supplied through a tube from the CPAP machine to a nasal or facial mask.

This treatment with CPAP is 100% effective but is often very poorly tolerated by the patient. For those patients who cannot tolerate CPAP and for mild and moderate cases of OSA, specially educated dentists recommend a custom oral device that supports the lower jaw in a forward position. This appliance splints the airway during sleep preventing collapse during sleep. The treatment process is known as oral appliance therapy (OAT). The appliance, readily available here, is called a Mandibular Adjustment Device (MAD) – or in simple terms a Splint, or Mouthpiece.

Judging from the extensive discussion period that followed the seminar, many of the people present in the audience had been struggling with adhering to the CPAP regime prescribed by their General Practitioner.

Many of them complained that the CPAP provider never followed it up nad just left them to it – sink or swim – or should it be snore.. Most audience members had not had a sleep test with the CPAP unit in place to verify that their problem was being adequately controlled and consequently many of them have completely given up on their treatment.

When asked several times why their GP had never recommended the use of a mouthpiece for oral appliance therapy as an option it was explained that many physicians are not familiar with oral appliance therapy despite the fact that it is now a well-documented treatment for OSA. They are constantly trying to keep updated on so many things that affect illnesses that Snoring is relegated to the bottom of the Interest League.

This is despite the fact that Snoring and Sleep Apnoea are constantly linked with a rising incidence of serious and even life-threatening illnesses.

Around 20% of the population are estimated to get less than five hours of sleep a night, and those with OSA report snoring, morning headaches, daytime fatigue and irritability, high blood pressure and many other things as being common.

Fortunately, through these programmes mentioned earlier, Dentists are improving their focus on how to treat patients for both Sleep Apnoea and Snoring – and they’re doing it the sensible way – Oral appliance Theory.

Quick, inexpensive, effective…and possibly a life saver.

MAD – no simply sensible.

By John Redfern

Snoring Problems and some of the Devices to help you

Snoring to some people might seem like a trivial problem or even a bit of a joke. However, if you consider the potential for damage that it can bring to both your personal and professional relationships and the major risks it has been proved to pose to your health and ultimately to your life, you might not think it is quite so trivial a matter after all.

Once you have finally recognized and accepted that you have a serious snoring problem, you should automatically seek medical help. Consult your General Practitioner who will help you to figure out the exact cause of your snoring problem. That is the only way you can come up with an effective solution to get to the root of this widespread condition.  Upon accurate medical identification of the actual cause, you can then start evaluating your real options on how to find cures for snoring – and these can be right ones – that keep your health intact.

There are a number of health and surgical treatments and major procedures that are designed to help you stop snoring. Often, as with CPAC, they will employ the use of pressure machines, items of dental equipment and other tools, and some recommendations will even go as far as undergoing implants and surgery on either the tonsils and adenoid – or both.

But these are extremes. Before any of this is considered however, you should look into the other alternative snoring cures. They just might be as effective without costing you a lot of money or exposing you to the risk of future complications brought about by various side effects from drugs and medication.

If you start to look around you will find that there are plenty of stop snoring aids and anti-snoring devices available.  The Internet ‘Shops’ are full of them but be careful of your choice. For supposed ‘quick snore relief’ you’ll be recommended to use nasal sprays, sinus rinses or nasal strips, a wide range of oral hygiene products and even anti-snoring rings which are somehow related to acupuncture. The list is endless and ever expanding – but perhaps ‘Not what the Doctor ordered’.

Some routes are medically approved and endorsed by the medical and dental profession and these products have been extensively researched and tested.

And there are other cheap ways too using chin straps that fit over the head and these will ensure that your head and neck are positioned rightly so, letting oxygen move through freely through your air passages, thus preventing snoring.

The most widely recommended products that are both inexpensive and simple to use are the dental mouthpieces. Regularly recommended by the NHS they are less obvious and intrusive and certainly not a ‘passion killer’ as some of the other items may be. This type of MAD – Mandibular Advancement Device – repositions the jaw and tongue and improves your breathing and the passage of air significantly.

Forget Surgery!

For anyone to cure their snoring problem, a certain level of commitment and dedication is required so make sure you stick to your recommended product – and make sure that you keep your doctor or dentist in touch.

By John Redfern