In recognition of National Stop Snoring Week our dentist, Dr Malgorzata Gawecka who has a special interest in anti-snoring devices is offering a free consultation worth £80 if you ring up and book an appointment during the week of 24th – 29th April (Appointment can be made for anytime within May and June 2017) Just quote National Stop Snoring Week offer.
National Stop Snoring Week is an annual event promoting general awareness that nobody need suffer as a result of snoring: it is a condition that can be treated.
Snoring can originate from the nose, oropharynx or the base of the tongue. In recent years it has been found that the tongue plays a far more important role in the incidence of snoring than was once thought.
Snoring is something that cannot be stopped at will, neither is it something that can be ‘cured’. It can however, be successfully controlled. Snoring is caused by a physical abnormality that needs to be identified before a control can be found. This is not as difficult as it seems and the good news is there is a control for everybody.
The Causes Of Snoring
It is said that snoring is often the result of overindulgence in some of life’s pleasures. The following are the causes of snoring and by controlling them, you can become quiet at night.
- Overeating and/or Lack of Exercise
- Alcohol and Sleeping Pills
- Sleeping Position
- Nasal Stuffiness
- Mouth Breather
- Small or Collapsing Nostrils
- Tongue Base Snorer
- Multifactoral Snoring
What is Sleep Apnoea? (Sleep Apnea)
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is defined as the cessation of airflow during sleep preventing air from entering the lungs caused by an obstruction. These periods of ‘stopping breathing’ only become clinically significant if the cessation lasts for more than 10 seconds each time and occur more than 5 times every hour. OSA only happens during sleep, as it is a lack of muscle tone in your upper airway that causes the airway to collapse. When you experience an episode of apnoea during sleep your brain will automatically wake you up, usually with a very loud snore or snort, in order to breathe again. People with OSA will experience these wakening episodes many times during the night and consequently feel very sleepy during the day.
How Do I Know I Have Sleep Apnoea?
People with sleep apnoea may complain of excessive daytime sleepiness often with irritability or restlessness. But it is normally the bed partner, family or friends who notice the symptoms first. Sufferers may experience some of the following:
- Extremely loud heavy snoring, often interrupted by pauses and gasps
- Excessive daytime sleepiness, e.g., falling asleep at work, whilst driving, during conversation or when watching TV. (This should not be confused with excessive tiredness with which we all suffer from time to time)
- Irritability, short temper
- Morning headaches
- Changes in mood or behaviour
- Anxiety or depression
- Decreased interest in sex
Remember, not everyone who has these symptoms will necessarily have sleep apnoea. We possibly all suffer from these symptoms from time to time but people with sleep apnoea demonstrate some or all of these symptoms all the time