STOP SNORING WEEK • Day 2

Most heavy snoring goes untreated – and causes serious health problems

Serious cases of sleep apnoea and heavy snoring have been very much the focus of most of the media in the last week – not just because of ‘Stop Snoring Week’, but also due to World Sleep Apnoea Day last Thursday.

Snoring is no longer regarded as being simply just a male domain and it is thought that snoring affects at least 4 million people in the UK alone. With obesity rates stubbornly high and rising, as well as the influence that alcohol intake and smoking has over snoring, more and more women are also trying to prevent their snoring once and for all.

Current estimates suggest that 40 per cent of UK men snore and 25 per cent of all women – and the figures are rising quickly due to lifestyle factors.

The world’s health systems are finally beginning to realise the true severity and the massive scale of the problem that exists, and it is one that is growing rapidly due to problems such as the increasing tendency to obesity and the social changes that have produced a different lifestyle for us all. Lesser physical activity in the jobs that we do is considered to be quite a major contributory factor….in essence, we sit too long.

In addition, many hospitals, universities and other qualified research bodies around the world have produced very detailed studies that have stated categorically that the majority of cases go untreated, resulting in serious health problems for the sufferer later in life – particularly the over 40’s.

The risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and even cancer have all been linked to heavy snoring, and so have poor sleep patterns – along with the major social problems that are always associated with them – daytime fatigue affecting work, and disturbed nights affecting relationships.

The saving for the health system of tackling snoring in any form is massive. The big problem is to get people to accept that they snore because they don’t hear it – so listen to your partner’s opinion – and act on it.

The general viewpoint is that many heavy snorers and sleep apnoea sufferers are put off by the thought of having to wear breathing masks all night – uncomfortable, restraining, and causing very dry throats – let alone being extremely claustrophobic.

With that in mind, many experts are directing those who snore towards the oral appliance route; a mouthpiece that acts quickly, is easier to adapt to, and is easily available both through the NHS, your dentist, or simply from a reputable manufacturer – and with no prescription required.

Companies such as SleepPro offer a range of optional mouthpieces to suit all snorers and at highly affordable prices – in fact can you really afford not to. They all come with high success rates and were designed in consultation with both doctors and dentists, and importantly are NHS approved.
By John Redfern