How will a Chin Support Strap help me to stop snoring?

For those who are not sure of what a chin support strap is, it is a one-piece band of flexible material that fits over the head and keeps the mouth closed whilst you’re sleeping. It fits comfortably over the top of the head and under the jaw and it adjusts easily to the best and most acceptable position – in fact, after a while, users say that it’s hardly noticed.

Overweight Woman Asleep In Bed Snoring

The chin support strap is the simplest, cost effective way to prevent snoring and is the perfect snoring treatment for open-mouthed snorers as it makes sure that the snorer’s mouth remains shut during sleep. This device offers an instant cure for most snorers, and being fully adjustable, it can even be worn by more than one person if required.

Despite the low cost, it is a long-lasting item, and importantly it is easy to keep clean. It can be either hand or machine-washed – but many people order two for both convenience and hygiene reasons. The low price makes this easily affordable, particularly compared to the heavy price you can pay for snoring with regards to both relationships and matters of health.

Another benefit to the snorer is that it vastly reduces the problem of having a dry mouth due to open-mouthed snoring, which is a common problem for this type of snorer and most uncomfortable as a side effect. It can work for you all on its own, as can a mouthpiece, but many heavier snorers wear a combination of both of these items for maximum effectiveness.

Chin Support Strap Benefits

  • It’s an easy solution that has a pretty good record of effectiveness.
  • It works immediately if it’s going to – straight away on the first night
  • It might be the preferred option if a mouthpiece is not for you
  • It can bridge the gap while you deal with the real problem, perhaps by slow weight loss or any other adjustment of your personal lifestyle
  • It gives you time to investigate other causes and solutions
  • It is very inexpensive

If, after using the chin support strap, the problem still continues, then try combining this item with an oral appliance; again inexpensive and bringing rapid results to help you stop snoring. Many people who snore particularly heavily have found that the combination of the two brings immediate relief.

Snoring is a major lifestyle and health problem for many people today and it can also cause the serious medical condition that is called sleep apnea. Furthermore, it gives a great deal of stress to the sufferer and also to those individuals who live with him or her. The chin support strap has been responsible for many problems of this nature being resolved. For your reassurance, it is widely accepted by the medical profession and is being widely used, along with oral appliances, by Hospitals, Sleep Clinics and Medical Centres throughout the world.

In essence, it is comfortable, lightweight, and highly adjustable so it will fit perfectly for any size. Most importantly it’s highly effective. By using it regularly, you will automatically adapt to taking your rest without opening your mouth. This product can provide a good night’s rest for you – and also your family. You may not need to use this device forever because once you get used to sleeping with your mouth closed and only breathing through your nose, you may not need to put it on anymore.

The expert’s verdict

Dr Tom McKay, consultant respiratory physician at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Sleep Centre, is sceptical of many of the treatments available today. ‘Nasal strips don’t work. Operations have very limited success rates’.

‘Sprays don’t have any great effect although nasal steroids have a small role if you’ve got nasal congestion. It can help if you lose weight or avoid alcohol last thing at night, or start to sleep lying on your side. Various forms of NHS recommended mouthpieces or chin straps are successful.’

The result is an excellent night’s sleep and no snoring.

John Redfern

Children • Snoring and some of the consequences

Most children snore occasionally and roughly 10% of them snore most nights. It occurs when they breathe in but there is a blockage of the air passing through the back of the mouth and it causes vibration of the throat tissues.

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Sometimes snoring is a sign of a respiratory infection, a stuffy nose or allergy but at other times it may be a bigger problem.

Amongst the contributing factors to snoring may be obesity, allergies, asthma, reflux disorder, or even an abnormality in the structure of the jaw. In children, the most common problem associated with snoring is large tonsils. Young children’s tonsils are quite large in comparison to the throat, peaking at 5-7 years of age. These block the airway, making it difficult to breathe.

As many as 3% of children not only snore, but also suffer from breathing problems during their sleep. When snoring is accompanied by gasps or pauses in breathing, the child may have OSA – obstructive sleep apnoea.

Children’s muscles normally relax during sleep and can become so relaxed that the airway is narrowed and sufficient air cannot pass through causing a pause in breathing that can last a few seconds or as long as a minute. The brain is then alerted and signals the body to start breathing again. This results in the child gasping or snorting, waking up and starting to breathe again. Because of these repeated interruptions, the child may not get enough quality sleep and is likely to be sleepy or overtired during the day.

Undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnoea may contribute to daytime sleepiness and behavioural problems including difficulties at school. In one recent study, children who snored loudly were twice as likely to have learning problems. Following a night of poor sleep, children are also more likely to be hyperactive and have difficulty paying attention. These are also signs of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sleep apnoea may also be associated with delayed growth and cardiovascular problems.

During the night, children with sleep apnoea may:

  • Snore loudly and on a regular basis
  • Have pauses, gasps, and snorts and actually stop breathing.  The snorts or gasps may waken them and disrupt their sleep.
  • Be restless or sleep in abnormal positions
  • Sweat heavily during sleep

During the day, children with sleep apnoea may:

  • Have behavioural, school and social problems
  • Be difficult to wake up
  • Have headaches during the day, but especially in the morning
  • Be irritable, agitated, aggressive, and difficult
  • Be so sleepy during the day that they fall asleep or daydream

The problem is the same throughout the developed world where accurate figures are available. According to US Government Health Statistics, over quarter of a million children in the U.S.A. have tonsillectomies each year and sleep apnoea is one of the major reasons for this.

In Australia, extensive work has been done by The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where there is a specialist children’s Sleep Unit. The problem is growing, mostly due to increased obesity, and they currently estimate that about 20 Australian children in every 100 will snore. OSA is less common and runs to about two to three children in every 100.

They state that children who have had surgery to remove their tonsils and adenoids may still need to return to the Sleep Unit afterwards. Most of the children will be cured by the surgery, but a few may still snore or have difficulty breathing when they are asleep.

A home sleep study run by Monash Health’s Melbourne’s Children’s Sleep Centre, is also testing whether children with simple snoring – but are not severe enough to have their tonsils or adenoids removed – have the potential to learn, but this is disrupted due to tiredness.

The figures in the UK are much higher, with 80% of 5 year olds now classed as overweight, which will often mean that they will be overweight as teens and adults too. As a result, it has been recommended that GP’s send them on lifestyle and weight management programmes run by local authorities.

Family members and Carers will also be encouraged to attend regardless of their own weight, as they have an important role and responsibility in influencing the environment in which children and young people live.

John Redfern

Poor sleep linked to cancer – Shift workers are particularly warned.

In a week when the daily press headlines were full of a major treatment breakthrough by the University of Sheffield for the prevention of breast cancer, other information that was published by the BBC, referring to new reports that state disturbed sleep patterns to be one of the key causes.

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Irregular sleeping patterns have been “unequivocally” shown to lead to cancer in tests on animals, a study suggests and the report, published in Current Biology, lends weight to these concerns about the damaging impact of shift work on health.

The researchers said women with a family risk of breast cancer should never work shifts, but cautioned that further tests in people were needed.

Studies in people have often suggested a higher risk of diseases such as breast cancer in shift workers and flight attendants.

One argument is disrupting the body’s internal rhythm – or body clock – increases the risk of disease.  However, the link is uncertain because the type of person who works shifts may also be more likely to develop cancer due to factors such as social class, activity levels or the amount of vitamin D they get.

Mice prone to developing breast cancer had their body clock delayed by 12 hours every week for a year. Normally they had tumours after 50 weeks – but with regular disruption to their sleeping patterns, the tumours appeared eight weeks earlier.

The report said: “This is the first study that unequivocally shows a link between chronic light-dark inversions and breast cancer development.”

Interpreting the consequences for humans is fraught with difficulty, but the researchers guesstimated the equivalent effect could be an extra 10kg (1st 8lb) of body weight or for at-risk women getting cancer about five years earlier.

“If you have a situation where a family is at risk for breast cancer, I would certainly advise those people not to work as a flight attendant or to do shift work,” one of the researchers from the Erasmus University Medical Centre, in the Netherlands, said.

Dr Michael Hastings, from the UK’s Medical Research Council, told the BBC: “I consider this study to give the definitive experimental proof that circadian [body clock] disruption can accelerate the development of breast cancer.

“The general public health message coming out of my area of work is shift work, particularly rotational shift work, is a major area o stress and therefore it has far-reaching consequences.

“There are things people should be looking out for – such as paying more attention to your body weight, paying more attention to inspecting breasts, and employers should offer more in-work health checks for their staff. They should try to eliminate problems such as snoring by using an oral appliance.

The data also indicated the animals were 20% heavier despite eating the same amount of food. Being overweight is known to be a key factor. A clear indication of weight gain is always snoring as the tissue tends to close the throat and make the passage of the airflow constricted, resulting in the sound we all know so well, and constantly hear more of.

This is of particular concern at the moment when so much new information is coming to our attention on weight gain – particularly amongst the young. More than a third of overweight or obese teenagers don’t think they are too heavy and consider their weight to be about right, according to a study. Cancer experts say the findings are worrying because carrying excess weight increases the chance of developing many cancers.

Other reports show that many are binge eaters, and also have a sugar intake that is far too high – both of which exacerbate the problem. As a consequence more and more teenagers snore – yet they or their parents do nothing about it when simple solutions are there to help them.

Of course the key solutions are healthier diet and more exercise, but it’s also important to restrict the damage being done by restriction of oxygen due to being overweight.

Use of a simple oral appliance, similar to a sports gum-shield, or even using a Chin Strap, both of which can be worn comfortably when sleeping, will stop most people snoring immediately, and prevent this early damage to health until weight is under control.

John Redfern.

Don’t ignore the sound of snoring – it’s the fire alarm for your health.

Snoring is now at world epidemic levels, with about 4 in 10 men and 3 in 10 women being affected and it’s often related to obesity and weight gain. It’s a true worldwide problem and affects all the major nations. When your throat narrows due to weight gain, then airflow is restricted and you snore.

Fitness Instructor Addressing Overweight People At Diet Club

Untreated snoring can lead to many serious health problems, such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems, hypertension, depression, chronic fatigue, cancer, earlier onset of memory loss, and major liver damage. The worse cases of snoring develop into obstructive sleep apnoea, (OSA) and as an example of this, 34% of men and 17% of women in the USA alone suffer from obstructive sleep apnea in all its possible degrees of severity.

Not only that, but the United States is home to the highest proportion of the world’s obese people, at 13 per cent. Similar weight-related problem exists worldwide. Numerically, more than 50 per cent of the world’s 671 million obese people live in 10 countries: the United States, China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan and Indonesia.

Even in countries such as Australia which projects an image of being a health-conscious, fitness-oriented, sports loving nation – the problem exists. But experts say that Australia’s unprecedented affluence along with a culture of convenience foods, growing portion sizes and an increasingly sedentary life-style have made one in two Australians overweight and turned the country into one of the fattest in the world.

Worse still, while studies show that obesity rates in other developed countries like the US have begun to level off, those of Australia are still rising. Last year, it climbed to 4th in the ranking of advanced nations with the largest proportion of obese citizens at 28.3%, behind the USA, Mexico and New Zealand.

A spokesperson for the Australian Department of Health, says the government has already committed A$932m to initiatives and media campaigns targeting health education and promoting healthy choices. The government has also updated physical activity and dietary guidelines. Initiatives are also taking place at state level, like in New South Wales – where officials say obesity costs the state approximately A$20bn every year. With nearly 11 million overweight Australians and obesity-related diseases on the rise, perhaps even more serious measures are needed before it gets worse.

Exactly the same problems exist in the UK and press focus this week has been very much on the subject – particularly amongst children of all ages, and the amount of their sugar intake from soft drinks and other products.

University College London researchers looked at data from more than 56,000 people born in Britain since the end of WW2 and found a clear shift over time, with obesity becoming more common and starting earlier in life. Obese children often go on to be obese adults, carrying with them an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

The first, post-War male babies did not become overweight until they hit the age of 40, on average, the report said – but the next two generations of men got fatter younger, at a median age of 33 and 30, respectively.

The trend was the same for women. By the third generation babies born in the 1970s, the median age for becoming overweight was 41, compared with 48 for those born in 1946 and 44 for those born in 1958.

By the fourth generation, obesity was becoming common in childhood.
Children born since the 1980s were up to three times more likely than older generations to be overweight or obese by the age of 10, and latest figures for England suggest a fifth of children joining primary school are now obese or overweight at age 5.

A spokesman for Public Health England, said: “Evidence shows children of obese parents are much more likely to have weight problems, which is a major concern when almost two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese.

“Almost one in 10 children aged 5 are obese – but what’s worse is that by the time they reach 11, this doubles to nearly one in five.” “Obese children are more likely to experience bullying, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and have a higher risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.” Teenagers are not easily directed and it was clear that the 11- to 15-year-olds were the most vulnerable and difficult group.

The UK government has already launched a number of initiatives to help people eat more healthily and be more active, and others are planned, as it is already costing the NHS £billions per year.

John Redfern

Taking good care of your SleepPro mouthpiece brings benefits

Summer is here at last but it has its downside too. The hot, humid weather made for uncomfortable nights but they also need you take more care with hygiene as germs breed more rapidly when it’s hot.

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It’s important to keep your mouthpiece clean and free of germs. SleepPro oral appliances are made from the same base material and can be cleaned in exactly the same way.

When you wake up, remove your SleepPro and wash it thoroughly in clean water – hold it under the running tap and wash it gently but make sure that the water is only lukewarm– and afterwards try using a toothbrush to help remove any deposits within the teeth imprints. However do NOT try to use toothpaste to clean your SleepPro as this will score the surface of the mouthpiece and make it more susceptible to staining in the future.

After cleaning in this way, a brief soak in mouthwash or using a denture cleaner will help to keep it fresh, but be careful what you use as over time, some of the chemicals in those products may degrade the plastic and reduce it’s life expectancy. Our own tablets, Fresh & Clean are specially formulated not to do this, and are available in packs of 20 for very little cost.

Fresh & Clean have been specially formulated to gently clean your SleepPro appliance and to leave it tasting minty fresh. They have been well tested and they do not accelerate the degrading of the appliance like some of the over the counter products – particularly the cheaper ones. They’ll remove any stubborn stains that remain.

Use them daily for the best results and a refreshing minty taste.

Keep your teeth and gums healthy and for that it’s always recommended that you:

  • Brush your teeth well last thing at night with fluoride toothpaste before using your SleepPro mouthpiece
  • Clean in between your teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes or floss – as brushing alone only cleans about 60 per cent of the tooth surface
  • Use a mouthwash that contains antibacterial ingredients to help prevent gum disease, and contains fluoride to help prevent decay.

Then follow the morning routine as previously described o keep your SleepPro mouthpiece in the very best condition.

Don’t forget that you can now protect yourself even more from stubborn oral germs – particularly in the very hot weather we’re having, and even more so if you’re heading for holidays in a hot climate.

Easifit and Custom are the two leading NHS Approved appliances from SleepPro and both are now available in AM versions – meaning that they are anti-microbial due to added special polymer that will kill any bug that contacts their surface. The AM version is in both cases only £10 extra so it’s well worth paying.

This new AM technology will not only make your SleepPro mouthpiece much more hygienic, but it will keep it fresher for longer, as well as protecting both the surface of the appliance and also help to preserve a good comfortable fit.  It will provide long-lasting hygienic protection by creating a surface barrier upon which microbes cannot survive and will also extend the lifetime of the product as well as helping to safeguard your teeth.

They’re fully approved by the NHS who regularly issue them direct to snoring and sleep apnoea sufferers in many hospitals – and as well as stopping you from snoring, they’ll now protect you from most germs and infections. Don’t forget that a weekly soak in Fresh & Clean will keep them at their best.

John Redfern

How to sleep better in hot weather

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Britain has experienced a mini heat wave this week so what’s the best way to get to sleep on those dreadfully sticky nights?

The hot, humid weather across most parts of Britain has made for some very uncomfortable nights. The Met Office says temperatures will now fall slightly across the next few weeks but humidity will remain fairly high at 60-80%.

“As a species, we are diurnal,” says Dr Malcolm von Schantz, a molecular neuroscientist at the University of Surrey’s Sleep Centre. “We have evolved to be able to sleep in a consolidated way during the night, when it is cooler and darker. Too cold or too hot temperatures during the night act as a natural alarm clock.

Humidity is a big part of the problem, making it hard for sweat to evaporate. For many, getting to sleep will have been sweaty and uncomfortable, closer to the climate people associate more with Bangkok than Bangor, either in Northern Ireland or Wales.

Add to that the common congestion problems of one sort or another that are caused by hot, humid weather, and many people, even when they do sleep, will begin to snore loudly with their partners suffering in the process.

Women are known to need more sleep than men although men often sleep better, and when you start to dig into the facts about men and women’s respective sleep habits it’s startling just how badly women fare when it comes to shut-eye. Dr Jim Horne, who is the Director of Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University, says that women need an extra 20 minutes of sleep a day compared to men.

He says that in part this is because women use their brains more during the day. As one of the key functions of sleep is to allow the brain to rest and repair, all of that extra multitasking means women need to sleep more. In fact, women lose out in nearly all of the major sleep-related conditions.

Insomnia?  According to the National Sleep Federation, 63% of women experience it a few times a week, compared to 54% of men.
Pain during sleep?  58% of women said that pain interrupted their sleep at least three nights per week, compared to 48% of men.

Sleep apnoea? This is the only sleep condition where men ‘excel’ over women with men being twice as likely to suffer. However, some researchers have suggested that the condition may simply present differently in women and actually be just as much of an issue for them as men.

In places like the USA, where powerful air conditioning units are reasonably common in houses and apartments in hot and humid areas, it’s not so much of a concern. But in places like the UK where it’s hot and humid much less frequently how should people ensure they get a good night’s sleep?

An technique that is often used in Mediterranean countries, is to make sure that all the blinds or curtains are closed during the daytime to stop the sun coming in. Leave the windows open on the shady side and closed on the sunny side and change them over when it’s necessary. Then, an hour before going to bed, open all the windows to get a through breeze.

But not everyone has the luxury of being able to throw open windows, as it may not be safe. Bungalows, ground floor flats and basements can be vulnerable to burglary. Others may worry about insect bites, particularly now there are so many mosquitoes to be found in the UK.

In this case, the most sensible option is to use an electric fan, recommends Mary Morrell, Professor of Sleep and Respiratory Physiology at Imperial College in London. ” Air flow is very important and it will help move the air around your body and increase the chance of sweat evaporating.”

She also recommends thin cotton sheets rather than nylon bedding. They will absorb sweat rather than leave the sleeper covered in a film of moisture.

Insects are unlikely to bother people in cities, she believes. But for those in the countryside with the windows open, a mosquito net is one possible solution. Hot days also mean we get into bed in a different physical and mental state. Often people have drunk more alcohol than usual and that is never a good idea, particularly as it makes snoring much worse. Alcohol is pretty good at putting you to sleep but pretty awful at keeping you asleep.

Solving the snoring problem is easy however, and of course it’s not confined to just hot weather; it happens all the time. Once again good airflow is the solution and easily achieved with a simple oral appliance.

John Redfern.

Snoring during pregnancy is dangerous for Mother and baby.

You’re prepared for the morning sickness, weight gain and insomnia but the one side effect of pregnancy that you may not expect is snoring.

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According to the very latest research, more and more women are snoring, often due to weight gain, and of course pregnancy brings the same result. In fact, more than 50 per cent of pregnant women are overweight or obese, according to the latest official survey statistics.

Studies show that between 25 and 30 per cent of women snore during pregnancy. In fact, a study in the journal SLEEP found that 35 per cent of women reported snoring 3 to 4 times a week, or even every single day. Plus, 26 per cent of women only started to snore during their pregnancies.

In the past 30 years however, snoring rates are higher than ever, mostly due to women starting their pregnancy overweight or gaining too much during the nine months. The extra tissue around the neck is what leads to snoring.

What causes snoring during pregnancy

Snoring always happens when the upper airways relax and partially close, making it more difficult to get enough air through the mouth and the nose and there are several reasons why snoring is common during pregnancy.

For starters, as your uterus and baby grow and press on your diaphragm, it’s inevitable that it will be much harder to breathe, whether you’re sitting on the couch, working out or sleeping.

Higher levels of hormones, particularly oestrogen, cause the mucus membranes and nasal passages to swell, too. Plus, your blood volume increases by 50 per cent, which expands the blood vessels and also causes the nasal membranes to swell.

What are the risks to Mum and her baby

Although you might choose to dismiss it because it’s temporary, or even laugh it off as an amusing interlude, the reality is that snoring during pregnancy is no laughing matter for a number of reasons.

  • Women who snore during pregnancy have an increased risk for high blood pressure, fatigue, preeclampsia, and having smaller babies.
  • Pregnant women with high blood pressure who also snore have an increased risk for obstructive sleep apnoea, which affects up to one-third of women during the last months of pregnancy, a study in the journal BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology found.
  • Pregnant women who snore are also more likely to have a caesarean section and those who develop it pregnancy have an increased risk of having an emergency C-section, the same SLEEP study found.
  • Another concern is gestational diabetes, which, according to the CDC, affects up to 9.2 per cent of women. That’s because when you’re not able to get enough oxygen, it alters your glucose metabolism.
  • Pregnancy during snoring has also been linked to causing depression during pregnancy and postpartum depression

How to protect Mum and baby

The most important thing you need to do is recognise the signs early on.

Ask your partner if you snore, or stop breathing momentarily during the night or gasp for air. If you snore more than three nights a week and you also have high blood pressure, it’s likely that you also have obstructive sleep apnoea and you need to act on that. Although it’s common to feel tired during pregnancy, daytime sleepiness and extreme fatigue are strong indicators that you snore.

It’s important to be able to increase the quality of your breathing and maintain the supply of oxygen to your brain, and this can be done quite easily. By wearing a simple mouthpiece called a mandibular adjustment device, or MAD, the jaw is repositioned temporarily in a more forward position. The effect of this is to open the throat, which due to weight gain has been obstructed, and this improves breathing and stops the snoring at the same time,

NHS Approved mouthpieces are easily available online for a very small cost and companies such as SleepPro even have one that has been developed specially for women with this and their general snoring problems in mind. SleepPro Woman can be shaped to fit your mouth in seconds and is comfortable and easy to wear. It also has a measured 98% success rate and a money back satisfaction guarantee.

If your problem is sleep apnoea, then the SleepPro Custom is NHS recommended.

John Redfern

If you snore heavily is it definitely safe for you to drive?

Being healthy isn’t always about hitting the gym, eating sensibly, and living life in the slow lane; there’s one component of health and wellness that is usually overlooked – and that is sleep. Sleep is vital to one’s well being and more often than not, getting enough sleep can be a nightmare.

For some it’s about following a strict routine and getting to bed at a certain hour. For others, sleep apnoea is often the monster hiding under the bed covers and it’s that which keeps them from getting the rest they need.

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Research conducted by the AA has found that a fifth of motorway collisions in Britain are caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel and one in ten crashes on all of Britain’s roads – around 23,300 a year – are also linked to fatigue. Once diagnosed, drivers must inform the DVLA that they have OSA. Once treated however, driving can resume. There is no loss of driving license. However, if left undiagnosed and untreated, OSA can lead to a serious accident, injury and even death of the driver or others on the road.

Their findings also suggest that sleep disturbances may contribute to health disparities among adults.

Symptoms of sleep apnea can be tricky because, like most conditions, even if you have all the tell-tale signs, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have it. The symptoms of sleep apnoea include loud snoring, choking during sleep as well as feeling exhausted during the day and having to nap on a regular basis. Other factors such as raised blood pressure are also a symptom.

Many people including professional drivers have OSA but are totally unaware. However eventually it’s possible that due to the high number of recent serious accidents on both road and rail, that all commercial drivers, and also train drivers, will soon need to be evaluated for symptoms of OSA.

It’s becoming a very hot topic in North America and what happens there first usually follows elsewhere. According to a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects more than a quarter of commercial truck drivers.

In the USA further research was carried out as part of the Sleep 4a Healthy Life program, with the following key findings:

  • 28% of drivers have untreated OSA
  • These drivers are six times more likely to be in an accident
  • These drivers are twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke
  • Companies spend twice as much on their medical expenses

Research has shown that untreated sleep apnoea increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents, but those who perform the U.S. Department of Transportation medical certifications for commercial vehicle drivers are still getting up to speed on how to screen for this disorder. The recent deadly Amtrak wreck in Philadelphia underscores the importance of responsible screening, diagnosis and treatment for drivers with sleep apnea.

Every year, tens of thousands of fatalities occur on U.S. highways. Heavy to medium trucks accounted for many of them. As the result of long hours spent on the road, commercial vehicle drivers are at increased risk for motor vehicle accidents. Researchers have studied the effect of sleep apnoea and short sleep duration on commercial drivers and found a decrease in neurobehavioral performance particularly when reduced sleep duration and severe sleep apnea are combined,

The daytime sleepiness is made acute as a result of seriously disturbed sleep and this makes handling all machinery and driving vehicles dangerous. Commercial drivers appear to be even more at risk according to the figures. Most commercial drivers are male, and OSA is twice as common in males than females. Medical experts also state that the lifestyle factors of a commercial driver involve prolonged sitting, and this contributes greatly, to the chance of having OSA.

When there is little movement in the legs during most of the day, fluid builds up in the legs and when one goes to lie down to sleep, that fluid travels upward into the neck and can cause an obstructed airway, which is sometimes the cause of sleep apnoea in adults.  Diet is a factor as well since obesity is also linked to sleep apnea. Many professional drivers get their meals at truck stops, which may not help.

However, 90% of those who have OSA are in denial and it goes untreated. As for Snoring – well that’s just something funny isn’t it?  Or is it?

John Redfern

You Don’t Have to Be Obese or Male to Have Sleep Apnoea

For those of you who are unaware: obstructive sleep apnoea, or OSA, is a disorder where your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, pushing you out of deep sleep into the lighter kind. This can happen if the brain doesn’t send the correct signals to the breathing muscles or, more commonly, if the airway collapses or is blocked. When these blockages, or apnoeas occur, the brain is deprived of oxygen and this can result in numerous health problems if it is left untreated. The key symptoms are heavy snoring, and frequent regular gasping for breath whilst asleep.

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Wake up to the problems

These can include a wide range of cardiovascular problems including heart attacks and strokes, Type 2 Diabetes Type, cognitive disorders including earlier onset of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, and daytime tiredness that is dangerous when using or controlling machinery or equipment at work.

Up to 10% of UK women are thought to have this problem, most of them undiagnosed, and as many as 15% of Americans may be living with the same undiagnosed condition. Studies suggest that twice as many men have the condition, but this is probably because women are more likely not to recognise they have a problem and put tiredness down to other matters.

The Sleep Health Index found that a higher proportion of individuals were told by a doctor that they have sleep apnoea than some previous reports. The Index found that 10 % of the US population had been told by their physician that they have sleep apnoea but Epidemiological research estimates that approximately 25 % of the adult population has the condition which suggests that another 15 % of those with sleep apnoea still remain undiagnosed. In the UK only 4% of men and 2% of women have been diagnosed and it could be an equally sizeable problem.

Sleep disturbances are often more subtle in women, with symptoms that could have many causes. The problem usually arrives around menopause, for example, often misleading their doctors, but many suffer due to being very overweight. Up to 30 per cent of people with sleep apnea aren’t overweight however and 10 to 20 per cent don’t even snore according to some researchers. As well as snoring being the primary identifier, signs of OSA in women can include fatigue, dull morning headaches, low mood, irritability or insomnia.

If left neglected, OSA can become very severe and demands highly supervised medical treatment. The “gold standard” treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine and a mask that pumps a flow of air into your nasal passages to keep the airway open. This is worn throughout the night as you sleep.

A major problem is that as many as 65% of people who own a CPAP are “non-compliant” — skipping nights, taking it off during the night, or stopping altogether. That’s the problem doubled, because untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, heart failure, and car accidents from sleepiness at the wheel. Your body will feel the effects of oxygen deprivation even while you’re awake, some research suggests, and more so if you’re female.

Wake up to the solution

However, if it’s treated earlier, medical intervention may not be necessary, and the treatment is easy and inexpensive. A simple mouthpiece worn at night is all that is required. These are medically approved worldwide and both Doctors and Dentists recommend them.

Not only will the use of a mouthpiece, or oral appliance, control mild to moderate OSA, but can also reverse the problems previously caused if use is started early enough with the correct product. To make sure it’s medically approved is important.

Man or woman, if you think you may have untreated OSA, check out the details for suitable oral appliances and act quickly – your life may depend on it, and the benefits will soon be apparent.


John Redfern

Dentists discover the medical benefits of oral appliances to stop snoring

Snoring is a common problem the world over, with about 4 in 10 men and 3 in 10 women being affected. The word ‘snoring’ generally elicits a comical response although the reality is that prolonged, untreated snoring can lead to numerous serious health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems, hypertension, depression, fatigue, impaired brain function and major liver damage.

Single male sprawled out all over the couch sleeping with the TV on. Shows either relaxation or with the mans weight a lazy lifestyle.


Being overweight is a major cause of snoring

It goes without saying that the long-term health impacts of snoring are far from funny and impossible to ignore. Thankfully, as medicine has advanced, oral appliance therapy has been properly recognised.

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea are common in the population and these disorders continuously increase because of the ongoing obesity epidemic in many countries. Today, there are 25 million snorers in the UK -40% of the population, and over 2.5 million people are believed to have undiagnosed OSA – 5% of the total population

Symptoms include daytime sleepiness, poor sleep quality, headache, insomnia and restless legs. In the longer term, a more severe sleep apnoea is associated with serious consequences, such as high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, traffic accidents and early death.

This week Dentists and Sleep Specialists from around all over the world gathered in Seattle for the 24th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). The main objective of the AADSM is to further advance oral appliance therapy (OAT) as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea and the event featured several professional development opportunities to help dentists stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in dental sleep medicine.

“With the growing volume of research supporting the benefits of oral appliance therapy, dental sleep medicine is gaining prominence in the medical community,” says Kathleen Bennett, the AADSM President.

“The AADSM Annual Meeting serves to increase the understanding of oral appliance therapy as an effective alternative for sleep apnoea patients who don’t adhere to CPAP—the traditionally prescribed treatment.”

The meeting is an opportunity for all concerned from across the globe to share new research on dental sleep medicine.

This year’s highlighted research abstracts included details of the major impact made by Custom-made Mouthpieces on lowering blood pressure in OSA sufferers who struggle with CPAP. It was clearly shown that OAT clearly helps to reduce high blood pressure in those patients with Hypertension. Custom-made oral appliances significantly lowered both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure of these patients, and even went as far as normalising blood pressure in 59% of patients, which is an important step in improving other areas of personal health.

Medically approved oral appliances such as the SleepPro Custom, which have been developed by Dentists and are NHS Approved, are available online, and have proved in controlled tests to be the most effective in cases of mild to moderate OSA and snoring. This mouthpiece has proved itself at the same time to not only be the most cost-efficient, but also to contribute massively to the recovery of personal health, and in doing so, save lives. It is also now available in an anti-microbial version called Custom AM that gives full germ protection orally.

If you snore more than once a week for a prolonged period of time, you are considered to have a long-term snoring problem that needs addressing immediately. Left untreated it may result in critical health problems. If you pause, or gasp for breath when sleeping, it may be even worse than you think and could be sleep apnoea.

So, if this sounds like you or someone close to you then take some action – and don’t delay – DO IT NOW

It’s easy to obtain a customised appliance or alternatively get in touch with a medical professional to see how this problem can be solved

John Redfern