Looking after your health – for yourself

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


John Redfern