Treat yourself by checking out the best snoring products online

The number of people suffering from sleep disorders has gone through the roof – but not the cost of treating them. That has actually been significantly reduced due to the advances made in the development of oral appliances that will treat them simply, but effectively, and makes them available online.

SleepPro the best online snoring solution

At one time the ‘gold standard’ CPAP treatment would automatically be recommended for anyone suffering from a problem such as sleep apnea, but this is no longer the case, as equally effective methods for many of these patients are now available. Attitudes in the Health Service have also changed, and the many patients that either refused CPAP, or merely constantly failed to use it, are now told that approved oral appliances are an acceptable substitute. This is vastly preferable to non-treatment.

Chronic snoring, and mild to moderate sleep apnea sufferers are now directed by most specialist Sleep Centres, and Hospitals, towards the use of a medically approved stop snoring mouthpiece, particularly as these are now quickly and easily available online from approved sources.

SleepPro products have been thoroughly tested and researched by the NHS in the UK, and lead the way in Britain and other parts of the world as a primary solution to the prevention of snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. They are approved and recommended for NHS patients in Britain, and are available directly from the NHS in numerous hospitals. However with online buying being easy and popular due to the growth of mobile phone usage, plus ever-tightening health budgets, the majority of NHS outlets now supply their patients with specially prepared literature that recommends SleepPro as being the best snoring products available online.

There are many stop snoring mouthpieces available via the Internet but few of them have been medically tested over time and most of them not at all. The majority are are simply ‘factory made items’ and as a consequence are available for low prices. Unlike SleepPro products, they are not produced in medical laboratories under strict guidelines, do not have medical approval, and don’t offer follow up support, advice or guidance.

SleepPro products on the other hand are ‘Made in Britain’ and are supplied from their own Dental laboratories where they are produced under the strictest guidelines to ensure they are exactly what is medically required.

Many SleepPro products even come with a 30-day money back guarantee and this shows the degree of confidence the company has in its products.

All the starter appliances offer this customer assurance, and with prices starting low (£39.99, AUD$ 64.99, US$ 44.95) the snorer can have real confidence in these tried and tested products. In fact the success rate is registered as 98% with customers coming back many times over the years. Online support is available is via a unique 24/7 Freephone Hotline service.

Purchasing is in a wide range of currencies is possible and all this has made SleepPro the supplier of the best stop snoring products available online.

Chronic snoring, along with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, affects many millions of people worldwide and few of them realize its full dangers. As a consequence they leave it untreated for years before taking any steps to prevent it, and by then it’s sometimes too late. Snoring is an illness and needs to be treated quickly – just like anything else.

In a recent statement, Dr. Nathaniel Watson of the University of Washington Medicine Sleep Center and the immediate past president of the AASM, called for more aggressive and comprehensive treatment of sleep apnea.

“Dramatic improvements to individual health and public safety, and significant health care savings, can be achieved through comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of OSA. For a health care system that prioritizes services with lasting value, OSA diagnosis and treatment is a bargain.”

Remember that OSA is now considered a chronic disease throughout the world and its prevalence is rising.

Do you have a partner or family member who snores, gasps for air, or chokes during sleep? If so, they most likely have obstructive sleep apnea and it’s worth getting it checked out. Or maybe it’s even your problem. If so, do something about it now. Find yourself the best Snoring products online by checking out SleepPro, and seeing what they can offer to help you.

John Redfern


Protect your health and stop snoring with an adjustable mouthpiece

Lots of people want to stop snoring but have struggled to find the right mouthpiece to help them to do so because of their problems with the amount of mandibular advancement. They often need to adjust the fit of their mouthpiece over time and constantly need to buy replacements to achieve this, but now they need do that no longer.

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You can keep your mouthpiece in a format that’s comfortable to wear and at the same time make sure that it retains its effectiveness. All these things can be achieved with a medically recommended oral appliance that’s available at a highly affordable price. You can still have a precisely adjustable mouthpiece yet retain the comfortable fit.

Today we’re all aware of the many benefits of stopping snoring, including the most dangerous version, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). It doesn’t just help by restricting weight gain, but also prevents the many associated serious conditions that go with that, including diabetes type 2 and the numerous life-threatening and related cardiovascular problems. The added problem of of daytime fatigue and the dangers when driving or working when tired add to the problem, along with the social pressure at home from your partner, who has also had their sleep badly disturbed.

The SleepPro Contour has been designed to prevent all that and it has been successful for many people over recent years who have desperately wanted to stop snoring, and yet have found it difficult to do so using a more standard oral appliance. This was the problem presented to SleepPro a few years ago, and one that their Dental Technicians successfully solved.

This special mandibular advancement device was developed due to a high volume of requests received from doctors and patients alike. It is medically proven to work, and it is highly cost-effective in comparison with other more expensive, and much more invasive stop snoring treatments.

The SleepPro Contour consists of two sections that will connect together with the straps provided. One is made to contour the upper arch, and one the lower arch. Each is filled with a custom-blended, thermo-formable polymer.

Still using the original ‘boil and bite’ technology as its starting point, the SleepPro Contour allows you to adjust and experiment with the amount of advancement needed to stop your snoring by using interchangeable straps that connect the upper and lower profiles, whilst still ensuring effectiveness, maximum comfort and the closest fit. Using this method enables a more personal fit to be obtained without selecting a mouthpiece like SleepPro Custom which has full customisation.

The interchangeable straps allow precise and incremental advancement of the lower jaw, restoring the tension in the upper airway and preventing the soft pallet from collapsing and obstructing the upper airway. This prevents snoring. If you find your selected tension straps do not stop you, select the next pair down, or if the first setting is too far forward, try the next pair of longer straps. There are seven different sets of straps in total for you to choose from, ensuring the position you need, and these can be changed over time to suit your current requirement.

The Contour can be used not only for primary snoring, but for cases of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea in adults too. It is also fully recommended for use by anyone who is CPAP intolerant, or who also require a mouthpiece for intermittent use, such as when travelling and are unable to use CPAP at that time.

SleepPro Contour is a special design – one produced for special reasons – but it’s suitable for all who snore and wish to stop doing so.

John Redfern.


How to manage snoring and sleep apnea without CPAP, drugs or surgery

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The answer is to use a Stop Snoring mouthpiece, and though some may not like to admit it, just about everyone will snore on occasions, and millions of us snore on a regular basis and may not even realize it if we sleep alone. If you are a frequent snorer, it doesn’t only affect the quantity of your sleep – it can also have a negative impact on the quality.

More concerning, however, is there are many who don’t just snore, but who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and they are placing strain on their heart, leading to a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes. While associated with one another, snoring does not mean that an individual has sleep apnea and sleep apnea does not always result in snoring. Normal snoring will not interfere with the quality of your sleep like sleep apnea does.

Figures now say that one-fifth of adults have nightly sleep apnea to a greater or lesser degree, which causes repeated stoppages in breathing and a resultant lack of oxygen that affects the brain, heart and rest of the body. These breathing interferences cause the brain to panic and disrupt the deep sleep we need for good health.

Airway problems caused by sleep apnea frequently cause loud snoring and gasping for air. Many people have insomnia, poor sleep and daytime tiredness as a result of unrecognized sleep apnea and it is known to result in serious health issues – particularly diabetic and cardiovascular problems.

Snorers who do not have OSA may feel a sense of relief, but this does not mean that you should leave your snoring untreated. Snoring doesn’t only affect the quality of your own sleep and health – it can also affect the quality of your partner’s sleep and health. It has been known to place a significant strain on relationships, particularly if the snoring partner makes little or no effort to solve it, as is often the case.

When most snorers think of a snoring solution, they still think of the historic CPAP route. Consisting of a mask, tubes and a machine, the thought of wearing CPAP equipment is daunting to many snorers, particularly those who do not have sleep apnea and who are not suffering from any negative effects that often come with snoring. The majority of sleep apnea patients refuse to wear CPAP or rip off the mask while asleep. Studies show that half of all people prescribed CPAP quit within a few months.

Fortunately snorers now have the option of managing their snoring through an easy to use “stop snoring” mouthpiece, called an MAD or mandibular advancement device. It’s very like a sports mouth guard, and once inserted into a user’s mouth, the MAD is designed to hold the user’s lower jaw in a slightly advanced position. This causes the muscles and the tissues in the upper airway to stay open by remaining taut and unobstructed.

This alternative to CPAP is gaining popularity and is sometimes called oral appliance therapy. Oral appliances prevent the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing. By supporting the jaw in a forward position, the airway stays open during sleep. The NHS in the UK and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine now include oral appliances as a first-line treatment for both snoring, and for treating mild to moderate sleep apnoea. They also state that oral appliances are acceptable for patients who cannot use CPAP or would prefer an oral appliance to using CPAP.

There are a wide range of SleepPro oral appliances available to suit your individual needs, and these range from starter appliances such as Easifit. Sleep Tight or Woman, to the more adjustable Contour appliance. These ‘one size fits all’ SleepPro appliances benefit from a unique method of moulding that adjusts them to fit your mouth comfortably.

Oral appliances that are made specifically to fit your own dental profile, such as the SleepPro Custom, are also available and are NHS approved – not just for effectiveness and ease of use, but also for affordability as others can charge a small fortune for the same thing. It’s also important to look after your oral appliance so as to achieve permanently good results and keep it well-fitting and well maintained.

Treating your snoring or sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy can help you feel like a new person. You will find that your symptoms, and your quality of life, can improve dramatically when you remain committed to your treatment and use it nightly. It is likely that you will sleep better, have more energy and feel sharper throughout the day. You may find that your bed partner gets better sleep, too. After all, don’t forget that your sleep breathing problems affect them also.

John Redfern


Holidays, hot weather, global warming and sleepless nights

The key to feeling well rested is not just the amount of sleep you get, but the quality of it, and if you or your partner snore that doesn’t make for a great night’s rest. Add to that the ever-increasing amount of hot or humid weather, and problems for those who travel away and sleep in a different bedroom environment, and it’s tougher still. It can even lead to heat exhaustion on occasions. Holidays are a particularly stressful time and levels of snoring increase accordingly at this time.

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Obviously it’s a big help if you are using an oral appliance regularly to help you to stop snoring, but lack of sleep can lead to heat exhaustion and this is very dangerous. Signs of heat exhaustion can include tiredness, feeling faint or dizzy, having muscle cramps or feeling sick. If left untreated, the more serious symptoms of heatstroke can develop to a serious level and include confusion, disorientation and even loss of consciousness.

Wherever you are in the world, night-time temperatures can stay as high as some summer days, and many people find it hard to get to sleep. Humidity is a big part of the problem, making it hard for sweat to evaporate. Anyone suffering signs of heat exhaustion should immediately go to a cool place with air conditioning or shade, use a cool, wet sponge or flannel and drink fluids – ideally water, fruit juice or a rehydration drink, such as a sports drink.

Recent high temperatures all over the world have led to a great deal of comment and advice on the subject all of which is worth noting for both now and the future. “As a species, we are obviously diurnal,” says Dr Malcolm von Schantz at the University of Surrey’s Sleep Centre. “We have evolved 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.

“We need to open the window to let the cooler air in, but if we are reliant on blinds, this will also let the sun in before we would prefer to wake up. Some people find sleeping with an electric fan hard to get used to, but a recent study has shown that using a fan during a hot night will decrease our time awake in bed by lowering the body temperature.

In places like the US and Australia, where powerful air conditioning units are reasonably common in houses that are located 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 less frequently how should people ensure they get a good night’s sleep?

Weather expert Philip Eden recommends a technique common in Mediterranean countries.  “I make sure all the curtains are closed during the daytime to stop the sun coming in. I have the windows open on the shady side and closed on the sunny side. It means running round the house halfway through the day to close one side and open the other.” An hour before going to bed he opens all the windows to get a through breeze.

“The most sensible option is to use an electric fan,” recommends Mary Morrell, professor of sleep and respiratory physiology at Imperial College London. “It will help move the air around your body and increase the chance of sweat evaporating.”

There’s more to it than temperature and humidity, says Prof Kevin Morgan, director of the Clinical Sleep Research Unit at Loughborough University. Hot days mean we get into bed in a different physical and mental state. Often people have drunk more alcohol than usual. And when it comes to sleep, a different routine or state of mind is not good, he says. A nightcap is not recommended unless it’s something you do normally. Nor is a cold shower a good idea. It will make you feel momentarily cold and close down the pores so you’ll sweat less. If you have to shower, have a lukewarm one.”

Work-related stress causes us to lose sleep, and catching up on lost sleep is high on the agenda in the summer holidays. Poor sleep can’t be turned into good overnight, but it pays off to try, as good sleeping habits keep us going on holiday and at work.  Make sure you follow as much advice as you think you need and do everything you can to rest well and stop snoring.

If you’ve neglected your sleep all year, you can’t really expect things to suddenly change when you start your holidays. Having said that, there’s no need to get anxious because there’s always the future, and now is a good time to look in the mirror and think about possible changes.”

Take all the important steps described and make sure you’re using the right oral appliance to stop snoring. It should be one that is medically approved and from an experienced, qualified specialist, rather than just a cheap piece of plastic in mouthpiece form. In addition you may benefit from one that is custom made to your dental profile giving more comforts.

John Redfern


It’s important to understand the reason why snoring isn’t normal.

About half of people snore at least occasionally, and 30% of all adults snore regularly. Snoring even affects children with 20% of kids snoring occasionally, and almost one out of every ten kids snoring habitually. It’s not a good thing to be happening whatever age you are, so why does it start?

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It’s a major worldwide problem and it’s growing because too few people are taking preventative measures to stop it or control it. Snoring may be common, but it is not natural. Breathing should be silent and effortless, regardless of whether you are asleep or awake.

In the USA alone those percentages add up to 80 million people who snore, and many of them heavily. In some countries the figures are higher still and recent Australian statistics showed that 70% of Australian men, and a growing number of Australian women now snore. At the same time the link between snoring and heart problems was strongly underlined and various lifestyle improvements were recommended for all who snore, but to do that takes time. As a result it is recommended that you start by using a stop snoring mouthpiece in the meantime, in order to prevent this danger, because snoring kills if it is ignored.

Snoring can be loud or soft. It can occur when you are congested or suffering from a cold or allergies, or it might be more regular. Snoring happens when the soft tissues in your airways are vibrating and while this is not necessarily a health problem, it can become one when your breathing is partially or completely obstructed by the flapping tissue.

In its worst state it is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and this is becoming a very common condition, particularly as body weights increase.

It occurs when the soft tissues collapse and block the airways, preventing air from getting to the lungs and oxygen from reaching the brain.

OSA is a serious sleep disorder and that last for at least ten seconds and those who have sleep apnea often snore loudly, but their snoring is punctuated by periods of silence during which their breathing has stopped. Once the oxygen levels in the brain have decreased enough, their brain will alert the body to waken enough to open the airway, which causes the person to gasp or choke. This can occur just a few or dozens of times an hour, ruining the chances of a good night’s sleep and leaving the sufferer feeling drowsy and unrefreshed in the morning.

Partners of snorers can also get a better night’s sleep if action is taken. If your partner snores, you are likely not getting the sleep you need. Sleep apnea and snoring can even lead to couples sleeping in separate rooms.

If you snore or have OSA, you can take steps to get the sleep you need. It’s easy to do and starts with oral appliance therapy using a stop snoring mouthpiece that has been medically recommended.

They are similar to a sports mouth guard or orthodontic appliance. They move the lower jaw forward pulling the tongue off the airway and using one will minimize or eliminate the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea.

They are now used as the first line of treatment for mild & moderate obstructive sleep apnea patients who prefer them to CPAP therapy according to the Practice Parameters of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  They are also an approved treatment for patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea who refuse, cannot tolerate, or fail CPAP treatment according to these same Practice Parameters.

By preventing the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, oral appliances keep the airway open during sleep and promote adequate air intake.

They are also well suited for times when there is no power for a CPAP machine like camping and traveling.  They can be used on an airplane or in a car; they are comfortable and easy to wear.

Most people adjust to wearing the appliance immediately.  And the treatment is inexpensive, reversible and non-invasive.

Oral appliances may be used alone or in combination with CPAP for sleep-related breathing disorders. Check out the NHS Approved SleepPro Custom and their other approved oral appliances that will stop snoring successfully – and quickly – and with a money back guarantee.

John Redfern

 


Australia’s Health specialists warn noisy sleepers

‘Don’t ignore the heavy snore’

‘Kaua e wareware i te ngongoro taimaha’

Although insomnia and severe snoring problems are widespread in Australia and New Zealand only one in every three sufferers seek the help they need.  Health specialists from the Sleep Health Foundation are using Sleep Awareness Week, from July 4th – 11th, to highlight their serious concerns that too many people in are living with undiagnosed and untreated sleep disorders that steal both their health and happiness.

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Sleep Health Foundation partners with Sleep Disorders Australia, the Australasian Sleep Association and other related research bodies throughout Australia and New Zealand, and their statements are endorsed by the World Association of Sleep Medicine.

“It’s a sad fact that more than one third of adults have sleeping problems, but it’s even more concerning that most of them are suffering through their bad sleep and waking unrefreshed without realising help is at hand,” says Professor Alister Neill, President of the New Zealand Branch of the Australasian Sleep Association and spokesman for Sleep Health Foundation.

“This poor sleep is adversely affecting their health, their mood, their relationships, their diet, their driving, their motivation to exercise and their ability to do their job safely and effectively. Every aspect of life suffers.”

Studies show that sleep problems like heavy snoring disrupted sleep, inadequate sleep duration, daytime fatigue, excessive sleepiness and irritability are experienced by 25-35 per cent of all adults on a daily or several times a week basis. About half of these problems can be attributed to specific treatable sleep disorders, particularly insomnia and the increasing occurrence of the snoring condition, obstructive sleep apnea.

In Australia, specific sleep disorders cost the economy $5.1 billion a year, including $800 million in direct health care costs. Poor sleep because of poor sleep habits or choices adds to this cost. The Sleep Health Foundation says sleep problems constitute a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life for up around one third per cent of the world’s population.

The Sleep Health Foundation says it is helpful for people to realise there are three crucial elements to good sleep – duration, continuity and depth.

“Sound sleep is a critical function of good health along with a balanced diet and adequate exercise,” Dr Neill says. “If you’re not getting it then your health and happiness will be bearing the brunt. Your sleep needs to be uninterrupted, long enough to feel rested and alert the next day and deep enough to be restorative and refreshing.”

The main objectives of Sleep Awareness Week is for people to focus on improvements they can make that will bring major life benefits. This includes advice for people to keep regular sleep hours, avoid sleeping in and take care not to nap too late or too long. It also suggests that they should consider what effect environmental conditions like temperature, noise, light, bed comfort, and electronic devices could be having on their shut-eye. Professor Neill says, “It may be that you can make one or two small changes that dramatically improve your sleep and how you feel the next day.”

Above all this year’s Sleep Awareness Week warns noisy sleepers:
‘Don’t ignore the heavy snore’
‘Kaua e wareware i te ngongoro taimaha’.

A gasping snore in particular could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a night-time breathing condition that affects energy levels, mood and general health.  Professor Neill says “There are effective treatments for snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia and excessive daytime sleepiness that can get you back to better health in no time.”

You should act as soon as possible and not ignore the problem. Easy to wear oral appliances and Chin Straps are available and are medically recommended worldwide, Customised oral appliances are also available for those suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnoea and using this type of mouthpiece is likely to prevent it developing to a more severe form which affects health and necessitates the use of CPA (Pumped oxygen combined with a face mask that is used throughout the night).

If you snore – do as they say. Don’t ignore it.

John Redfern


Snoring is making the News everywhere as a growing problem

New figures published from research undertaken in Western Australia this week made the headlines on Channel 7 News, where it was announced that 70% of Australian men, and a growing number of women, now snore. The link between snoring and heart problems was strongly underlined. The coverage recommended various lifestyle improvements but emphasised first of all that a stop snoring mouthpiece is the key item that is needed to prevent this danger – because as they rightly say – Snoring Kills if it is ignored.

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According to NHS statistics published in the BBC publication The Radio Times this week, a quarter of the UK population snore but it is more prevalent in those aged 40-60, and twice as many men snore than women. Snoring noise is made by the soft palate and tissue in the mouth, nose or throat vibrating, and can disrupt quality sleep for both snorers and their bedfellows.

When breathing is partially obstructed in this way, snoring is the harsh sound that is created during sleep. It is a common condition that can affect any age group and could possibly be a sign of a more serious condition that’s causing it such as sleep apnoea.

The major outward signs of a snoring problem include drowsiness, irritability and a lack of focus. You should take immediate action if snoring is accompanied by symptoms of sleep apnoea such as daytime sleepiness, morning headaches or chest pain at night.

Untreated snoring caused by sleep apnoea can lead to greater risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and liver problems, and recently, it was found that the vibrations caused by snoring damaged the carotid artery. This leads to heart attacks or stroke.

Mild snoring can be curbed with some simple habitual and lifestyle changes, although these obviously take time – particularly weight loss. There are lots of health benefits to keeping your weight in check, and combatting snoring is one of them. Excess weight around your neck can restrict your airwaves while sleeping, making you more prone to snore. However heavier snoring and sleep apnoea are very much a medical problem if left untreated.

Reuters also newly report that people who have had a procedure to open blocked heart arteries, untreated sleep-breathing problems like snoring or apnoea may raise the risk of a future heart attack or stroke, researchers say.

Patients who had artery-clearing procedures after experiencing chest pain or a heart attack were more than twice as likely to have heart failure, a heart attack or a stroke in the next five years if they also had any sleep-based breathing problems.

Intermittent low-oxygen periods during sleep may increase stress or activate inflammatory responses that damage the heart, said lead author Dr. Toru Mazaki of the department of cardiology at Kobe Central Hospital in Japan.

Sleep-disordered breathing has been associated with cardiovascular risks and symptoms like high blood pressure, elevated glucose and abnormal heart rhythms, said Dr. Nieca Goldberg of NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, who is also a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and was commenting on their behalf as he was not part of the new study.

It goes without saying that patients who are not sleeping well often become depressed. No one wants to spend their nights looking at the ceiling, or tossing and turning, trying to find a comfortable position in which to sleep. Patients with sleep apnoea often experience depression related to both their symptoms and the severity of their disease. Control of apnoea not only leads to improvement in physical health but can improve depression according to a new report. In a further Australian study Patients were screened for depression using the Public Health Questionnaire.

It’s important that we listen to the experts and take the right steps to preserve our health, so wearing a simple mouthpiece at night, and making a few lifestyle changes, will go a long way to making a remarkable difference to both life quality and longevity.

John Redfern

 

 


Sleep – and the lack of it in Australia – plus the growing obesity problem

In the modern age, where people are constantly online, work hours are increasing and there are ever rising demands on your time, proper rest is seriously endangered. And being sleep deprived is a major cost to the economy, public safety and personal health.

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In Australia the cost of sleep disorders including healthcare, absenteeism, loss of productivity, plus car and workplace accidents is estimated to be $5.1 billion a year, according to the Co-operative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity, and the Sleep Health Foundation.

And the cost of lost sleep is not just lost productivity and poor health outcomes. The latest figures from NSW roads show that more people are killed in road accidents because of fatigue than alcohol, and yet there are no laws that relate to driving when tired.

Fatigue was a factor in 16 per cent of all fatal crashes in NSW in 2014, according to the NSW Centre for Road Safety. In 2013, the percentage of road accidents where fatigue was a factor, at 8%, was nearly twice as high as the figure for alcohol at 4.7%.

Sleep deprivation is a particular problem for young people, due to increased school demands and the ever-present social media. To quote Amanda Huffington, a leading media crusader for better sleep; “Nearly 5000 apps come up when you search “sleep” in the Apple App Store, more than 15 million photos under #sleep on Instagram, another 14 million under #sleepy, and more than 24 million under #tired. A quick search for “sleep” on Google will bring up more than 800 million results. Computers are however not the only, or even the key reason, for poor slumber.

For a long time, experts were guessing Australia’s obesity rate. Now, a groundbreaking, international study has put an actual number on the nations’ girth, with serious implications for the growth of health problems, the way the food industry operates, and the complications of an increasing and ageing population. The study was published in the leading medical Journal, The Lancet, in March of this year, and was based on body mass index data collected from 200 countries from 1975 to 2014.

The results show that more than one in four Australians is now obese.

The number of obese people in the world increased from 105 million in 1975 to 641 million in 2014. Australia had most recently estimated the rate to be 27%, but this is the first real proof.

The study showed the proportion of obese men more than tripled from 3.2% to 10.8% globally, and the proportion of obese women more than doubled from 6.4% to 14.9% and the rate was predicted to keep increasing.

Cancer Council Western Australia education and research director Terry Slevin said obesity increased cancer risk and this study forecast a cancer epidemic. “This is an extraordinary and frightening report which must prompt action,” Slevin said. “With the success in driving smoking rates down, obesity is the most important cancer risk factor for non smokers. On average the population is getting older, and fatter and that inevitably will increase the cancer burden.” Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli is a Professor of Dietetics in the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney said it also had implications for Australia’s young generations.

“In Australia we anticipate an aging population to be supported by a younger population, who have become overweight and obese sooner than their parents and are more likely to experience the unwanted associated chronic diseases of obesity sooner,” Allman-Farinelli said. “As an example from 1995 until 2012 the percentage of obese 18 to 24 year old women more than tripled from 6% to 20%.”

The study also showed that while the most obese regions were Polynesia and Micronesia, almost a fifth of the world’s obese adults lived in six of the high-income English-speaking countries — Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S.A.

Obesity causes the neck to narrow, and the sound of snoring indicates the oxygen deprivation that is happening – resulting in massive health problems for those concerned. The key is to lose weight but in the meantime a simple oral appliance or chin support strap will open the airway and the snoring will be gone. The result will be better sleep and improved future health.

If you snore, the cost of doing this will be just a few dollars, but the cost of not doing it is simply too frightening to think about.

John Redfern


The fittest amongst us suffer from a variety of sleep disorders and leading sports professionals are not excluded

Many of us play active sport or focus on our fitness so perhaps we think that as a result our health is in better shape, but at the same time, getting good restful sleep can still be a major problem even for those who are professional sportsmen or women and make a career out of their skills.

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Sleep disorders are so painfully common among the general population, but there’s one demographic that suffers significantly more than the rest of us: athletes. A new study from Finland has some good news for this group, though, because researchers now say that for the first time ever, they’ve shown just how treatable sleep disorders among athletes really are.

The survey revealed that one in four of the athletes involved in the study suffered from significant sleep problems, including having trouble falling asleep, snoring, and unbelievably, having serious issues with their breathing, such as sleep apnoea. Most of the athletes surveyed admitted to sleeping too few hours and one in six of them even used sleeping pills.

Although many of the athlete’s sleep troubles were classified as “significant” the study showed that general sleep-related guidance and personalized treatment plans greatly improved their sleep. Simple ‘Stop snoring mouthpieces’ and more customised versions can restrict or even eliminate the problem and greatly improve their performance and fitness as a result. Lack of sleep can reduce performance quality, though, and as many as one in four athletes involved in the study reported that sleep-related guidance helped to improve their athletic performance.

Aside from affecting how good someone is at sport, lack of sleep can also have serious health consequences and also lead to weight gain.

Sleep disorders among many groups of professional sportsmen and sportswomen are a widely reported problem, and researchers have suggested a variety of issues that might cause them. Intense training, rigorous schedules, and frequent traveling, sometimes across world time zones, are only some of the factors that may disrupt sleep patterns.

Professional athletes travel a great deal, often flying overnight before waking up to an early-morning practice or next-day game, and share risks for sleep problems with other high-frequency travellers and people who work non-traditional schedules. People in these jobs are at higher risk for sleep disorders such as insomnia and obstructive sleep apnoea. They also can be at elevated risk for health problems associated with poor sleep, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

The professional sports world appears to be continuing to turn a great deal of attention to what has previously been a much-overlooked issue: sleep.

In the USA, it’s the National Hockey League that is leading the way and that is addressing sleep problems on several fronts. Last year, teams like the New York Jets decided to hire sleep specialists to work with players on improving their sleep habits, and the sleep-friendly adjustments made to the team’s practice schedule improved their overall performance considerably.

At the same time numerous players of American football have recently headlined with major sleep apnoea problems but after watching a football game, it’s hard to believe that any of these big, tough men might be seriously ill. Injured, maybe. But sick? It seems very unlikely.

However, according to a recent study by New England Journal of Medicine, this might well be the case. Sleep apnoea affects about 4% of the general population, but when football players participated in sleep studies, the percentage rose to 14% of all players. Offensive and defensive linemen had an even higher prevalence of apnoea with 34% of them affected, probably due to their higher weight.

All sports are affected – even Sumo wrestlers in Japan – and many of them have serious problems with sleep apnoea caused by extra weight, which in that particular arena is an obvious advantage. Or is it? New investigations conducted by the Douai Hospital in Tokyo have determined that if the wrestler suffers from obstructive sleep apnoea, he lacks the concentration needed for the sport. This may be causing injuries and is also causing those wrestlers to lose more matches than is normal or to even miss tournaments.

The problem is easily solved for all these sportsmen and women – just as it is for the rest of us. If you suffer from sleep disorders or obstructive sleep apnoea you must deal with it. It’s easy and inexpensive to do so and can have a major effect on your life whether you’re a sports professional or not.

John Redfern

 


Sleep apnoea is a more dangerous condition for women than men

We now all know that sleep apnoea, which stops your breathing frequently during the night, is linked with serious health conditions, but it may be even more dangerous for women’s hearts than for men’s, according to a major new study in the journal Circulation.

snoring and sleep apnoea more dangerous for women

Obstructive sleep apnoea, or OSA, is characterized by frequent stopping of breathing during sleep and often followed by choking and gasping to recover. It is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, increased mortality, and possibly earlier onset of cognitive decline and dementia.

Some of the leading experts in this field have spoken out further on this matter as they want to stress that both men and women can have this condition, and snoring is not necessarily a symptom, although it often is.

Dr. John Swartzberg of UC Berkeley said: “Don’t think sleep apnoea is just a man’s problem because men tend to snore loudly and more often. Snoring is a warning sign, but you can have sleep apnoea without snoring or very little snoring.” Swartzberg says this was a large and well-done study.

“These were women who tended to be older, their average age was 63,” he explained. “What they found was that women with sleep apnoea had high rates of complications, such as high blood pressure, heart failure, heart enlargement, and even premature death.” Recently it has been further linked with Breast Cancer and aggressive melanoma when left untreated.

The study followed more than 1,500 initially healthy people (average age 63) for 14 years and found that in women, but not in men, the condition was independently associated with a marker for heart damage in the blood called troponin T, as well as with heart failure, heart enlargement (ventricular hypertrophy), and premature death.

Snoring and Sleep apnoea is often regarded as a man’s problem, but women also have high rates, especially those who are obese. The new findings highlight the importance of screening women and getting early treatment for them as well as men.

Snoring by itself is usually a less critical matter, though it can be a source of strife between bed partners or roommates, but when associated with OSA it is a different matter altogether.

Estimates vary widely, but it’s likely that sleep apnoea affects about 10 per cent of all adults. Rates have been rising steadily over the past 20 years, largely because of the obesity epidemic. The biggest worry is that the great majority of people with sleep apnoea do not know they have it and continue without treatment whilst their health steadily worsens as a result.

OSA is certainly more common in men, especially black and Asian men, but this recent research has found it is surprisingly prevalent among women, too, especially after menopause. Being overweight greatly increases the risk, as a result of excess soft tissue in the throat. Though not everyone who snores has sleep apnoea, loud snorers are most likely to have it.

Increasing age, family history and certain anatomical abnormalities also increase the risk. In addition, heavy drinking, smoking and sedatives can promote the development and danger of OSA.

If you think that you have sleep apnoea, doing the following may help.

  • If you’re overweight, lose weight.
  • Limit or avoid alcohol, especially in the evening.
  • Avoid sedating medications.
  • Avoid heavy meals in the evening.
  • If you smoke, stop.
  • Try sleeping on your side, not on your back. This helps keep your tongue from falling back and obstructing the airway.
  • Elevate the head of your bed about six inches using a foam wedge.

In the meantime you can prevent the development of OSA by obtaining a custom-made mandibular advancement device made by a specialist NHS Approved company, such as SleepPro. The Custom fitted mouthpiece is easy to wear and much less expensive than any Dentist made product, and it keeps the airway open while you sleep by pulling the tongue and jaw (mandible) forward.

John Redfern