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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