National Stop Snoring Week runs this week and the nation is starting to wake up to snoring and to the symptoms of sleep apnoea.
Did you know that as many as 41.5% of the UK adult population snore? Of the 15 million (approximate) snorers in the UK there are usually other family members affected so there could be as many as 30 million people in the UK affected by snoring.
An interesting finding from the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association is the ratio of male snorers to female snorers which is 2.3 to 1 with 4.5 million female snorers in the UK.
Drinking alcohol, smoking and being overweight are contributors to snoring and while once thought to only affect ageing overweight men; it is now thought to be affecting an increasing amount of women.
Snoring occurs when muscle tone in the airway relaxes while sleeping causing the airway to narrow. This reduction of breathing space or partial blockage creates turbulence in the airway resulting in the snoring sound we hear from vibrations of the soft palette and other tissue in the mouth, nose and throat.
Help to control snoring…
- Find the cause of your snoring first and foremost and then treat it appropriately
- If overweight or consuming alcohol or smoking, these lifestyles should be addressed
- Seek advice from your GP if you feel there is an abnormality in the nasal airway e.g. nasal polyps
- The SleepGuard Anti Snoring Mouth Guard is suitable for a snorer whose tongue drops to the back of the throat causing an obstruction. This device works to hold the jaw forward slightly when sleeping, keeping the tongue away from the back of the throat and avoiding the vibrations of the soft palette that create the snoring sound.
- The Good Night Anti Snoring Ring, recently having been given a rave review by BBC journalist Rose Millard, is thought to help snoring by using two of your body’s acupressure points to eliminate snoring
- The Saltpipe is a natural inhaling device with salt crystals that helps to clear the airway aiding chronic snoring and also helping with coughs, colds, shortness of breath and smoky polluted environments
- Sleeping with a suitable pillow can be beneficial in controlling snoring. If your head and neck are not properly supported, your airways can be restricted and can put undue pressure on your throat muscles. Tempur Original Queen Pillows in medium, large and extra large offer support for an optimal sleeping posture as does the Dunlopillo Kontour Latex Pillow.
The British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association have been tirelessly campaigning to increase public awareness of what Sleep Apnoea is and what the symptoms are along with what long-term effects this potentially life threatening condition can have. The theme of this year’s National Stop Snoring Week is Sleep Apnoea.
Sleep Apnoea is a condition where breathing temporarily ceases during sleeping. This forces the sufferer to wake up to start breathing again. This can happen several times per night and can result in poor quality sleep for the sufferer. Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea can also include loud snoring, excessive sleepiness through the day and morning headaches. Sleep Apnoea can be an independent risk factor for hypertension, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, diabetes, congestive cardiac failure, cerebrovascular disease and coronary artery disease.