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Snoring is a common problem which affects many as they sleep - or try to sleep. It can not only be completely exhausting for the person that snores due to the inability to get a proper night’s sleep, but it is just as bad for the person sleeping next to them. 

Snoring affects approximately 40% of the adult population. It is more prevalent in men than women and has been recorded up to 90 decibels, similar to a model Aeroplane! Funny as this may sound, it is no joking matter.

 

Snoring is caused when the lower jaw relaxes and the soft structures of the throat and mouth drift backwards. This restricts the airway and creates the fluttering sounds as you continue to breathe.

 

One of the major concerns with snoring is the direct association with Sleep Apnoea.

 

 

Sleep Apnoea is the complete cessation of breathing for short intervals. This condition is linked to heart failure, strokes, headaches, excess sleepiness, fatigue, poor memory and concentration, impotence and high blood pressure to mention a few. 


Some common symptoms of Sleep Apnoea:

✔ Daytime sleepiness/lethargy.

✔ Feeling un-refreshed in the morning after waking.

✔ Loud snoring.

✔ Choking or gasping during sleep to get air into the lungs.

✔ Sudden awakenings to restart breathing

 Waking up in a sweat during the night.

✔ Headaches, sore throat, or dry mouth after waking.

 

A range of night wear Sleep Apnoea devices aims to bring the lower jaw forward and hence the tongue away from the back of the mouth to open up the airway.  These rest on the teeth similar to a Mouthguard and are easy to get used to.

 

With the use of an appliance, snoring and the incidence of Sleep Apnoea episodes can be reduced or even eliminated. Every incident of snoring and Sleep Apnoea is different. They must be treated individually and assessed to ensure the correct level of treatment and advice is being given. Discuss any level of snoring that you or your partner are suffering from as there may be a very simple solution to provide you both with a rested night’s sleep.