Women need more sleep than men – but they don’t get it.

According to Britain’s leading expert in Sleep Science women need to have more sleep than men. It may only be twenty minutes per night and that may not seem much, but it adds up to a massive amount in a lifetime and is vital.


It works out at 7,300 minutes a year, which is just over 120 hours, or 15 full nights of 8 hours sleep, and if you work that out over the average woman’s lifetime of 84 years then it’s a huge sleep deficit of about 3.5 years in total.

Dr. Jim Horne, the expert in question, pointed out that women tend to multi-task whereas men don’t. Consequently they use more of their actual brain than men and this leads to a greater need for sleep. Essentially, the more you use your brain during the day, the more it needs to rest.

Professor Horne is director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University and author of Sleepfaring: A Journey Through The Science of Sleep, and he states:

“One of the major functions of sleep is to allow the brain to recover and repair itself. During deep sleep, the cortex — the part of the brain responsible for thought memory, language and so on – disengages from the senses and goes into recovery mode.”

“The more of your brain you use during the day, the more of it that needs to recover and, consequently, the more sleep you need. Women tend to multi-task — they do lots at once and are flexible — and so they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep need is greater. A man who has a complex job that involves a lot of decision-making and lateral thinking may also need more sleep than the average male — though probably still not as much as a woman.”

“This is because women’s brains are wired differently from men’s and are more complex, so their sleep need will be slightly greater. The average is 20 minutes more, but some women may need slightly more or less than this.”

Basically, women’s brains are typically more complex and thus need more time to relax and recover during the night. There are several factors that may affect women’s quantity and quality of sleep:

  • Sleep disturbances during pregnancy due to excess weight and the position of the foetus.
  • Difficulty sleeping during menopause due to hot flushes.
  • Being woken up and moved around on the bed by their partner, particularly as men tend to be larger than women.
  • Worrying about problems and losing sleep as a result.
  • The biggest problem however is snoring. Women lose much more sleep due to snoring and more than 2/3 of men wake their partner up.

All of us can be woken up by the sound of snoring at some time, and for many, it is certainly not funny. Large amounts of precious sleep are often lost from it. Tiredness is not the only resulting problem. Resentment can lead to relationship problems for many. Chronic sleep loss can cause serious under-performance at work, anxiety, and depression.

Amazingly, some different research discovered that women reported losing approximately 11.5 times as many hours of sleep from disturbance by snoring when the data was compared to that for men. On average the amount of time they were reported being awake was 40 minutes. Men stayed awake for a shorter time of 35 minutes, often continuing to disturb their partner throughout that time.

Bear in mind that women need 20 minutes more sleep anyway, and often lose forty this way, so we are now talking about loss of an hour each night.

One of the key things for women to do is to make sure that their partner take steps to stop snoring – something that is simple today. A massive 69% of women tried to stop their partner’s snoring by poking, kicking, or waking them up but soon found that it didn’t last and it didn’t help. They need an oral appliance to solve the problem, and maybe one for themselves as well.

Oral appliances are like a sports gum shield and fit comfortably, staying in place all night, and ensuring a good night’s sleep for all concerned. Simple starter appliances like this are medically approved, very low cost, and there’s a choice to suit you, all of which can be shaped to fit you well.

If your problem is mild to moderate sleep apnoea then you can obtain a special custom fitted mouthpiece that will prevent the problem – again medically recommended by the NHS in Britain, but with no prescription required. For very extreme cases of course you should talk to your Doctor who may refer you to a Sleep Centre for specialist advice.

John Redfern

Snoring has now been proved to be Step One in the decline of your health

If you are 40 and snoring heavily, you may already have begun the steady decline into a health-threatening middle age.

Researchers have charted the downward journey into the chronic illnesses that typically burden people from mid-life. They have mapped out the first four steps and found that it begins with snoring.


The results of this new study were released at the Sleep Down Under 2016 conference in Adelaide last weekend, and for the study in question, specialists at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne worked with a large selection of snorers whose snoring was bad enough for them to seek medical help. Almost all had underlying sleep apnoea and its progression was tracked back along with the resultant onset of various key health problems.

The study participants were aged around 55 and mostly male. The males generally had begun snoring around the age of 32, which was much earlier than the women, who started on average at 40.

When the specialists investigated their other health issues, they found links to hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes and cardiovascular disease, all of which are physiologically similar and are most usually linked with obesity and lifestyle factors.

Of all the study participants, 43 per cent had hypertension, a quarter had diabetes and 23 per cent had some form of heart disease. Eight per cent of them had all four conditions, referred to as the quadrella.

In those with the quadrella, the pattern was clear with snoring happening first, followed by hypertension, then diabetes and finally heart disease. Three-quarters of those with all four health problems were male and most of them were in their 60s.

Their decline had been in process for many years and the researchers say the sequential nature of these conditions and subsequent progression is worth investigating to test the impact of early intervention. That of course means to persuade people to stop snoring as early as possible.

This slippery slope for those on the path of ill health began when they started to snore very heavily at an average age of 39. By about 43 they have signs of high blood pressure and by 52 they are knocking on the door of diabetes. By the time they hit 54, they have early symptoms of heart disease. Snoring however is now known to start much earlier than that age, primarily due to worsening lifestyle factors such as being overweight or obese. This narrows the throat and causes the problem to start at an earlier age. For those of a normal weight the throat tends not to restrict until the problems of relaxed muscles starts to occur due to age.

A good night’s sleep is critical for good health and this is a deteriorating situation as the number of people with sleep disorders grows every year as a result. It was a question being pondered by 700 experts at a conference in Adelaide where key papers outlined breakthroughs to help millions of people suffering from sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea and insomnia.

It is estimated as many as 1.5 million Australians suffer from a major sleep disorder such as sleep apnoea with as many as 80 per cent of them undiagnosed. Sleeping conditions such as sleep apnoea cost the Australian community more than $5 billion a year in health and indirect costs, with the impact to quality of life estimated to be worth more than $31 billion a year.

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) occurs in about 18 million Americans at a cost of over $80 billion, or about one in 15 people, and is caused by a repetitive airway collapse that prevents air from reaching the lungs. Sleep apnoea can have negative consequences if it goes undiagnosed and untreated early. As well as the conditions mentioned previously, it causes chronic tiredness, which can lead to cognitive impairment including trouble concentrating and memory problems.

The problem is rife throughout the world and has been identified recently by the NHS in Britain as a key area on which to focus.

Advice and medically approved treatment to prevent the problem of snoring, and its possible development to OSA, are available easily online without prescription. A selection of mouthpieces that are worn at night, and designed to suit the degree of the problem, can put years onto your life and its resultant quality.

John Redfern

Do you know if you just snore heavily or if you suffer from sleep apnoea?

To find out which check the short questionnaire at the end of this article.

Many people still treat snoring as a joke or something to be embarrassed about, but loud snoring, especially when accompanied by daytime fatigue may be a sign of sleep apnoea, a common disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts as you sleep. Sleep apnoea can leave you feeling exhausted during the day, affect your mood and your relationship with your bed partner, and even be dangerous to your health.


Obstructive sleep apnoea is a serious sleep disorder where your breathing is interrupted during sleep – sometimes hundreds of times during the night. This means the brain and the rest of the body may not get enough oxygen and makes it a potentially fatal condition.

Because sleep apnoea only occurs while you’re sleeping, many people aren’t aware they have a problem until a bed partner or roommate complains about their heavy snoring, which is one of the major indicators.

Anyone is susceptible to sleep apnoea, men more so than women, and it even occurs in children. You may not know if you or your partner have sleep apnoea but there is simple way to find out. Obviously one can go for expensive sleep tests, but these also involve going through the right medical channels and being away overnight for a detailed assessment to be done, or you can check quickly with the test before you do that. In most cases simply using an oral appliance will both limit and even prevent it happening. These do not require a prescription and are available easily online, are medically recommended, and made to fit your own dental profile.

What is sleep apnoea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a chronic condition in which there are repeated blockages in the throat causing pauses in breathing. If there are more than five of these events per hour of sleep, each event lasting 10 seconds or longer, a patient is diagnosed with OSA. Some patients have events every minute during sleep; some have events lasting 60 seconds or longer and most of these patients are unaware of this deadly condition.

A typical sleep apnoea episode will see your airflow stop, and as a result, the oxygen level in your blood drop. Your brain responds by briefly disturbing your sleep enough to kick start breathing, which often resumes with a gasp or a choking sound. If you have obstructive sleep apnoea, you probably won’t remember these awakenings. Most of the time, you’ll stir just enough to tighten your throat muscles and open your windpipe.

Here is a quick assessment to determine your predisposition for sleep apnoea. It is called the STOP-BANG Sleep Apnoea Questionnaire.

STOP (Snore, Tired, Observed, Pressure)

Do you SNORE loudly?
Do you often feel TIRED, fatigued or sleepy during the day?
Has anyone OBSERVED you stop breathing during your sleep?
Do you have or are you being treated for high blood PRESSURE?

BANG (Body Mass Index, Age, Neck, Gender)

Are you obese or very overweight with a BMI over 35?
Are you 50 years of AGE or older?
Is your NECK circumference greater than 16 inches?
GENDER: Are you a male?


If you say YES to 2 questions or less: There is a risk of mild sleep apnoea –
If you say YES to 3-4 questions: There is a risk of moderate sleep apnoea
If you say YES to 5-8 questions: There is a risk of severe sleep apnoea

Oral appliances, which are available without prescription online, are recommended for both mild and moderate sleep apnoea, but in severe cases you should be advised by your Doctor as to the best course of action.

John Redfern

To see Sleep apnoea in action watch this video by Nucleus Medical Media

Do you snore heavily? High blood pressure? Do you suffer from Diabetes? These related conditions are affecting more and more people.

At the start of this year this year it was reported that poor diabetes care was leading to avoidable deaths, record rates of complications, and huge costs to the health services. It has become a worse problem in the last 6 months.


10% of total healthcare money is spent on this illness and most of the money involved goes on managing the complications not preventing them. This is widely recognised to be a worldwide problem and not one to be found just in Britain. Both Australia and the USA are also grappling with similar major increases in the condition.

Diabetes is closely connected with weight gain and disturbed sleep results from this lifestyle problem. Excessive weight will narrow the throat as well as causing the muscles to weaken and this problem increases as we age so it needs to be prevented earlier. Snoring or sleep apnoea is one of the results.

We now know that people with sleep apnea are nearly twice as likely as normal sleepers to develop diabetes, and snorers are 27% more likely to do so. Those with daytime sleepiness are also about 50% more likely than those without that symptom to develop diabetes.

There are currently estimated to be 3.5 million adults with type 2 diabetes in the UK, and this is an increase of 1.5 million adults compared with just 10 years ago when there were slightly over 2 million people with the condition. At this rate of growth it is predicted that there will be five million people with the disease in 2020, which is five years earlier than previously anticipated. The increased costs to individuals and Health services will be massive.

Despite wide press coverage, this problem is ignored and continues to grow. Prescriptions for type 2 diabetes have risen by a third in England in the last five years from 26 million to 35 million a year, according to NHS data. In addition, during the first six months of 2016, the number of prescriptions for type 2 diabetes was already up by more than 8% compared with the same period the year before.

Getting good sleep is as important as nutrition and exercise to remain healthy during the aging process. However, although any serious sleep disturbances such as snoring have been recognised to cause problems for nearly all aspects of health, it is often ignored when treating diabetes.

If you snore or have symptoms of sleep apnoea it’s important to take preventative measures now because if ignored, it may prove to be too late.

A recent study of 6,000 US adults has shown that disturbed sleep contributes to overeating and weight gain, raising blood pressure, which causes diabetes, and also that oxygen deprivation can also cause the onset of raised blood pressure and Diabetes. According to the research anyone with night-time breathing issues like snoring or sleep apnea often has high blood sugar and is almost twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Martin McShane, from NHS England, said recently: “These figures are a stark warning and reveal the increasing cost of diabetes. “We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, it’s time to get serious about lifestyle change.”

Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, says: “Over the past decade, the number of people living with diabetes in the UK has increased by over 1 million. With a record number of people now living with diabetes in the UK, there is no time to waste and the government must act now”.

Improving sleep, stopping snoring, controlling sleep apnoea and eating more healthily combined with losing weight are all key factors in the process. As a result, NHS England has said that up to 20,000 patients will receive weight loss interventions by the end of this financial year as a result of GP referrals onto the Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Many sufferers have identified that they snore and taken the highly sensible first step of equipping themselves with an oral appliance to prevent the problem, as recommended by the NHS, who approve certain tested oral appliances such as SleepPro, and either issue them direct or by referral to more severely affected patients.

All SleepPro stop snoring appliances are available online without the need for a prescription. They are high quality yet inexpensive items and they are medically approved worldwide.

John Redfern

Snoring or sleep apnoea – there’s a whole world of differences involved

It’s not hard to imagine how noise, weather, an unsettled child or a bad day at work could influence how you sleep, but what about the effects of where you live, your ethnicity, your gender, your education, or even your income?


It’s been proved there’s a complex web of interactions involved and studying the connection between ethnic groups and sleep apnea could help sleep specialists understand aspects of the condition that still remain unexplored and may help individualise the approach to different patients.

However, can a factory shift worker who comes from a non-English speaking background and lives in a rough part of town be more likely to have poorer sleep than a professional from a well-to-do suburb earning a stable income? Not withstanding the sleep-disrupting pressures that many professionals can face, the answer is very possibly yes. International research has pointed to links between disadvantaged social circumstances and poor sleep.

In the United States, the number-one risk factor by far for sleep apnea is an increase in body weight, but ethnicity may also play an important role. One key study by Pennsylvania researchers found poor sleep quality was strongly associated with both poverty and ethnicity.

The study surveyed 9,714 people on their sleeping habits and found that African-American and Latino participants demonstrated increased odds for reporting poor sleep, as did people who were unemployed, unmarried or had high stress levels.

In two presentations at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Boston last year, scientists reported that the amount and quality of sleep people get each night vary across racial and ethnic lines, with one study showing that Afro-Americans and Asians don’t sleep as much as others, and another study showing that foreign-born Americans are less likely to report having sleep problems than those born in the U.S.A.

In a further study of patients observed at the Detroit Receiving Hospital Sleep Disorders Center, the severity of sleep apnea was shown to be higher among African-American men under 40 years old and between 50 and 59 years old. However no difference was found between African-American and other groups of women.

It was discovered also that it doesn’t take much weight gain for Asians to develop the same severity of sleep apnea compared to those of Caucasian descent. This is likely related to differences in the typical bone structure of the head and face. In other words, it takes less weight gain for many Asians to develop the repetitive obstructions during sleep behind the tongue and soft palate that happen in sleep apnea.

Access to treatment for sleep disorders has also been found to vary greatly with circumstances throughout many parts of the world.

Further research was conducted in 2015 by Dorothy Bruck, emeritus professor of psychology at Victoria University and a sleep psychologist with the Sleep Health Foundation.

“Socio-economic status is a big determinant of health in general and sleep is no exception to that,” Dr Bruck said. Aboriginal people with a confirmed sleep-related breathing disorder, for instance, were more likely than non-Indigenous sufferers of the condition to live in a remote community, the study found and they were also more likely to be younger and female.

David Hillman, a sleep physician and chair of Australia’s Sleep Health Foundation says the way factors such as socio-economic status, race, gender and other life circumstances interact with sleep is an area that warrants further research.

Dr Hillman says men are more likely to experience issues such as sleep apnoea and snoring, but women are more likely to experience disrupted sleep and insomnia in particular. He says one of the reasons for this is that women are more prone to experiencing depression, which can interfere with quality of sleep but other factors behind the difference between the genders are less clear.

We are all individuals and as a result may demand a different solution to our snoring and sleep problems, but with such a wide range of different stop snoring solutions now available online, it is much easier to get help.

John Redfern

Sleep disorders ruin your skin as well as your health

Human beings spend more than a third of their lives asleep, so it should not really be a surprise that a lack of it can be behind so many major health problems. Sleep is an incredibly important part of living a healthy life and anything that gets in the way of a sound night of sleep needs to be addressed and remedied.


Two of the main problems are snoring and sleep apnea and both are dangerously ignored by both the individual and the health services.

Under-diagnosis of sleep disorders is known to be the cause of a wide range of serious health conditions, from depression to heart attacks, and health professionals needed to understand that sleep problems can be at the heart of many issues. This includes mental health problems, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and, of course, major safety issues due to fatigue.

This list has now been extended and it is known that sleep loss over a longer period can actually lead to causing more than the usual number of wrinkles and make you look older. As we’re all aware just one night of missed sleep can leave us with dull skin and puffy eyes.

Those who suffer from disturbed sleep due to snoring and similar issues have also been shown to have increased signs of skin ageing and slower recovery from environmental stressors, like exposure to the sun.

Researchers found big differences in the skin quality between good and poor sleepers. Those who didn’t get enough sleep showed increased fine lines, uneven pigmentation, slacker and less elastic skin.

“A lack of sleep is extremely hazardous to both the interior and the exterior of skin,” says advanced skin care specialist Debbie Thomas. “Skin appears sallow and eyes become puffy after a few nights of missed sleep but doing it regularly leads to fine lines and dark circles. This is because when you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases excess amounts of the stress hormone cortisol that breaks down collagen, the protein that keeps skin firm and plump.”

Poor sleepers have increased signs of skin ageing and slower recovery from a range of environmental stressors, like exposure to the sun. Researchers found big differences in the skin quality between good and poor sleepers. Those who didn’t get enough sleep showed increased fine lines, uneven pigmentation, slacker and less elastic skin.

The problem affects both men and women, as do all the other health problems, but women are perhaps more sensitive to it.

When asleep your body works its magic. “When you’re fast asleep, the body goes into repair mode and regenerates skin, blood and brain cells, as well as muscles,” says Lisa Artis from the Sleep Council.

“If you sleep badly, you are likely to become stressed, and this can cause the capillaries to tighten affecting the flow of nutrients to the skin and scalp, causing the skin and hair to look dull,” adds Lisa. “Stress creates a hormonal response whereby the body produces extra adrenaline, which has a major impact on skin function – think drier skin, lines and sagging skin.”

In one study in the British Medical Journal, people rated photos of sleep-starved faces as less healthy and less attractive than pictures of well-rested faces. A Sleep Council survey also found that 1 in 10 women felt so tired it affected their appearance every single day. Shadows and bags under the eyes, washed out and pasty skin were the top complaints.

“It also found that more than 9 out of 10 women agreed the best tonic to looking and/or feeling better was a good night’s sleep,” says Lisa.

The problems of both snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea are easily prevented and this can not only prevent it happening but also wind the clock back and repair some of the harm already done.

Leading health professionals recommend the use of oral appliances to achieve this and this includes the NHS in the UK, and the equivalent medical authorities in all leading countries worldwide. Oral appliances are available online without prescription and easy to fit and wear, being similar to a sporting mouth guard. Similar disruptions to sleep due to the grinding and clenching of teeth are also preventable by using specialist mouth guards at night.

John Redfern

Women cope with disturbed sleep far better than men

Men and women are constantly compared in all aspects of their lives and abilities whether it’s sporting achievement, salaries, career development or physical skills. The battle of the sexes continues with evidence that women are more suited to men at working in the early morning but not late at night.


Research showed women perform better than men if sleep deprived and they bounce back faster after a few days of sleep deprivation. The reason is that women’s bodies are designed to care for their young and often have to operate with little sleep. In later years women go through menopause and these hormonal changes also impact on their quality of sleep.

It has always been known that because of the obvious anatomical and hormonal differences that twice as many women experience insomnia than men, although women are less likely than men to have sleeping disorders that involve breathing, such as sleep apnoea.

A recent study has now researched the differences in sleep disorders that are experienced by both and how it impacts their sleep quality. This new study by Diane Boivin, McGill Medicine and Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, highlights how one’s sex can also impact your quality of sleep. It isn’t something that hasn’t been looked at before and the differences were very clear but they are now confirmed along with the reason why.

It has been found that a women’s body clock causes them to fall asleep and wake up earlier than men. A woman’s sleep cycle differs slightly to that of a man and they need 20 minutes more sleep than men per night. The difference causes women to have a more disturbed sleep pattern. Because of this disturbed sleep pattern women are awake to react if they have a snoring partner. Men on the other hand are sleeping better than their female counterparts and might not be woken by the adverse nocturnal sounds of snoring.

As a result women are often unaware that they snore, or even worse, suffer from sleep apnoea. They tend to attribute their tiredness, headaches, moodiness and weight gain to hormones, worry or work related tensions. Doctors are also unaware and most women are treated with medications and an underlying cause like snoring or sleep apnoea is not addressed.

Women who do not know that they suffer from snoring or sleep apnoea will also tend to suffer from weight gain. If this weight gain gets out of control then they will definitely snore or suffer from sleep apnoea.

Researchers found that women who had consistent sleep patterns have the least amount of body fat. Results to the research showed that a consistent sleep time but more importantly a consistent wake up time was linked to a lower body fat. Quality of sleep is relevant to this and women who have disruptive sleep patterns have a change in composition with a loss of muscle to body fat. Sleeping between 8 – 8.5 hours a night was tied to the least amount of body fat.

Women tend to experience restless sleep during certain intervals of menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, due to the higher oestrogen levels, and these intervals are known to shift women’s internal clocks, causing them to wake up and feel tired earlier than men. On the other hand, men are much more prone to experience shortness or lack of breath during sleep as a result of fat deposits surrounding the neck which appear on men much more than women.

Women also have a different relationship with sleep and illness. Women who had less than 8 hours of sleep demonstrated an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity over their male counterparts. Snoring and sleep apnoea display similar symptoms and may be misdiagnosed or even confused as a result.

The initial symptoms include tiredness, feeling anxious, lack of motivation to exercise, interrupted sleep, weight gain and headaches. Left unchecked, these symptoms can become serious and include heart attack, stroke, obesity, diabetes and thyroid problems amongst others.

If you feel you could be suffering from any of these conditions you should have it checked sooner rather than later. Medically approved products that include various types of mouthpiece for sleep apnoea treatment or to stop heavy snoring are available after overnight testing through local Hospitals or Sleep Centres, or even easier and more inexpensively online without a prescription or test being required.

John Redfern

Heavy snorers are up to six times more likely to be involved in a crash

A study by researchers at St. James’ University Hospital in Leeds suggests more than a million Britons could be unaware they are a danger on the roads as a result. These are surprisingly high figures to say that a simple mouthpiece worn at night when sleeping can prevent the problem.


Erratic driving may be a problem for people with sleep apnea. People with this sleep disorder were found to be more likely to fail simulated driving tests than people without the disorder in the “control” group. Lane deviation, in particular, was a serious problem for those who failed the tests. Sleep apnea is characterized by periods of disrupted breathing throughout the night and this can often lead to daytime sleepiness.

Currently more than one in 30 people suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea but are not even aware of having the the problem as they have no memory of their sleep-depriving snoring and broken breathing. Signs your partner or someone else you know has OSA include loud snoring, noisy and laboured breathing, and repeated short periods where breathing is interrupted by gasping or snorting. With the mouthpiece, correctly termed a Mandibular Advancement Splint, the lower jaw is moved slightly forward to keep the airway open and prevent both snoring and oxygen deprivation.

The findings of the research were presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in London this week, and show that on average, people with untreated OSA are up to six times more likely to be in a road traffic accident than people who do not snore.

The statistics show that you are more likely to have sleep apnea if you are male, over 40 or overweight, but it’s not restricted to men only and the number of women sufferers is growing rapidly due to weight gain.

Having a large neck due to being overweight causes the neck muscles to slacken and block the throat when sleeping. Men with a collar size bigger than 17ins have an increased risk of developing OSA. Having a small lower jaw and smoking also raises the danger.

In the UK any driver who causes an accident by being overtired, can be prosecuted and fined up to £1,000 and this applies to OSA sufferers too.

All the research participants were tested in a driving simulator to work out how potentially risky they are on the roads judging by their standard deviation of lane position. OSA patients nodded much more while driving, admitted to a high chance of sleepiness while driving, were less likely to pass and more likely to fail than people who do not snore heavily or have laboured breathing at night. Lane deviation was significantly worse in the 20 per cent of OSA patients who failed the test completely.

Dr Elliott, the lead researcher said: “Worse lane position deviation is a marker of poor driving performance and this is significantly worse in OSA patients who fail the simulator as compared to the control group.”

The problem is even more dangerous when it occurs with drivers of Public Service Vehicles such as buses, and particularly amongst lorry drivers who of course drive mostly on motorways at higher speeds for longer hours.

Many people ignore the problem in fear of losing their licence, but this is the worst way to deal with it and can have dreadful results. A Mandibular Advancement Splint such as the SleepPro Custom can be bought easily online and does not require a prescription. The Custom is NHS Approved and they are also recommended to many patients with sleep disorders such as snoring or OSA when they visit an NHS Sleep Centre or Specialist.

In the USA the crash risk has been proved to be far higher among truck drivers not adhering to specified sleep apnea treatment. Truck drivers who have obstructive sleep apnea and who do not attempt to adhere to a mandated treatment program have a fivefold increase in the risk of a severe crash, according to a new study co-authored by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers and featured in the March online edition of the journal Sleep.

Drivers not following the sleep apnea treatment administered by the study fleet were discharged or allowed to quit, having been retained only one-third as long as drivers who did adhere to the treatment program. The study observed that 60% of drivers who chose not to accept the mandated sleep apnea treatment quit voluntarily before they were discharged.

It’s surely easier to prevent it with a Mandibular Advancement Splint such as SleepPro Custom. They are incredibly inexpensive compared to others, (£155 * $US 207 • €187 • AUD $270) and because they are made to fit your own dental profile they are extremely comfortable to wear and work fast.

John Redfern

Heavy snoring is linked to traffic pollution and exhaust fumes

New research now clearly suggests that heavy snoring as well as tiredness could be down to traffic pollution and exhaust fumes. A study has shown that those of us who live close to busy roads, or whose bedrooms are nearer large highways, are much more likely to snore.


The toxic gases and particles released by engines, particularly those that are
powered by diesel, are said to be a main cause of snoring

Added to this the noise from vehicles rattling by is believed to disrupt sleeping patterns, leaving us tired and restless, despite the easy availability of stop snoring treatment devices that are medically approved.

In a study of 12,000 people they discovered that 25% of men snored heavily at least three nights a week, with those exposed to traffic pollution being at the highest risk. A similar proportion of women suffered from daytime sleepiness, and again the likelihood of this happening increased with their exposure to traffic pollution.

For those sleeping in rooms close to busy roads – meaning they were exposed to both airborne pollutants and noise, there was an increased risk of snoring and daytime sleepiness with men more likely to snore and women more prone to sleepiness.

The study, based on data collected in cities across northern Europe, was revealed at this week’s annual meeting in London of the European Respiratory Society (ERS), attended by over 20,000 doctors and researchers.

In the results, Ane Johannessen, the leading epidemiologist at Bergen University in Norway, and her colleagues said: “It is likely that air pollution can cause snoring through airway inflammation… One could speculate whether women who have husbands who snore experience more daytime sleepiness but the key is understanding the impact of pollution.” Professor Stephen Holgate, the ERS’s science council chairman, said living by a busy road has been shown to have an impact on lungs similar to that of smoking 10 cigarettes a day.

He called on all governments, to bring in a “Clean Air Act” to force the automotive industry to minimise vehicle emissions: “Diesel in particular is the No 1 source of toxic air pollutants. Diesel particulates are carcinogenic and highly damaging to human organs.”

Professor Jorgen Vestbo, president of the ERS, said that the UK government should issue guidance on how to reduce exposure to air pollution such as by avoiding walking near main roads. “We cannot stop breathing polluted air but we can limit our exposure. Even walking a metre from the kerb or taking a back street does make a difference,” he said.
Loud snoring and daytime tiredness are often associated with obstructive sleep apnoea – or OSA. Snoring sounds a simple matter but it can be deadly if not treated and the effects on the patient’s health over time are extreme.

Those affected by air and traffic pollution, and in fact all snorers, can easily access high quality, effective stop snoring treatment devices that have been medically approved, and can do so online without needing a prescription. These oral appliances, worn at night, are both effective and comfortable, and are made to fit you your dental profile exactly. Leading medical researchers at the NHS Papworth Hospital in the UK, who are world-famous for their work in heart research and sleep disorders, have carried out totally independent research across this field with conclusive findings..

Their two key recommendations for custom-made oral appliances were:

  • SleepPro Custom should be offered as first line treatment for mild OSA and any form of snoring
  • SleepPro Custom should be offered as an alternative to CPAP for the treatment of moderate OSA including those who were lapsed users

Treatment using a custom mouthpiece such as the one described, will not only prevent this problem, but may even reverse some of the damage that has already happened. Ignoring the problem is extremely dangerous and unfortunately thousands of people do just that and suffer very severe consequences as they age, including diabetes, chronic fatigue and cardiovascular problems. It has also been proved that untreated snoring advances the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by approximately five years.

Use of a simple oral appliance will help to maintain the continued oxygen supply to the brain, something that OSA interrupts, so if you snore you should consider using a stop snoring treatment device immediately.

John Redfern

This month is being called Sleeptember and here’s the reason why.

Sleeptember is an exciting new initiative initiated by The Sleep Council and it will be running throughout September to remind everyone of the health benefits of a good night’s sleep. SleepPro supports this initiative fully.


You’ll see lots of advice from many sources throughout the month. In the same way as getting proper nutrition and exercise matters greatly, sleep fulfils a vital role in keeping us healthy and happy. We need a good night’s sleep to ensure we’re feeling fit, thinking sharply and generally to give us the appetite and enthusiasm to make the most of everyday living. However, poor sleep and fatigue are common, affecting millions worldwide.

Just one bad night’s sleep affects our mood, concentration and alertness while long-term sleep deprivation through snoring or a similar disorder has far more serious consequences: it’s been linked to a number of serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke. More people need to be aware that cost effective treatment for snoring is right at their fingertips – and available online.

If you’re a poor sleeper then why not set yourselves the challenge of changing your habits for the whole month of September.

We’ve all heard plenty on the importance of getting a good night’s sleep so why is that when times get busy, sleep is often the first thing we sacrifice in the face of work deadlines and hectic social calendars?

While the myth of the eight-hour sleep no longer holds true – experts recommend between seven and nine hours of sleep a night for adults – your body and mind can’t function properly without sufficient sleep. It’s important that people start to realise that it’s all about the quality of your sleep, rather than the quantity.

Whether the issue is trouble getting to sleep because of anxiety or stress, or a snoring partner waking you up in the night, a sleep overhaul can help transform your sleeping habits – and open you up to the myriad benefits of high-quality sleep, night after night.

Here are some recommendations from a leading sleep physiologist, Joseph Gannon, of The Sleep Disorders Clinic, for his top tips on how to overhaul your sleep and why it’s worth it.

• Stop napping
Trying to catch up on poor sleep this way because research shows that this can lead to seriously increased levels of blood pressure

• Fight the temptation to sleep in
Sleeping in at the weekend doesn’t help us make up for a chronic lack of sleep but just throws us off our rhythms more

• Improve your diet
Don’t snack on the wrong types of food to keep energy levels up. According to the NHS it will make it more likely that you’ll gain weight and have a higher chance of becoming obese

• Solve your snoring problems
Many people are regular snorers, so whether your sleep is disrupted because of your own snoring or you’re living with a snorer, it’s worth examining the issue.

Gannon points out that snoring is also a key symptom of a potentially serious condition called obstructive sleep apnoea, which causes pauses in breath during sleep and needs to be assessed by a specialist. Roughly 5%t of the population suffers from the condition and aren’t aware of it. It’s dangerous when lefty untreated. The immediate thing to do if you snore is to obtain an oral appliance or stop snoring mouthpiece and this will bring you immediate overnight benefits in the form of better sleep and you’ll wake feeling refreshed. It will also boost your mood and may prevent depression as well as improving concentration and productivity levels at work.

Medically recommended cost-effective treatment is available without a Doctor’s prescription and at prices starting as low as £39.99* (USD $55, € 50, AUD $65) for an effective and comfortable stop snoring mouthpiece that you can use while you are sleeping.

As you can see there’s very little to lose and lots to gain by sorting out your snoring problem.

John Redfern