• Sleep Hazard Can Be Lethal

    Irish Daily Mirror
    November 11 2010

    IF you have ever shared a room with someone who snores, you can well understand how annoying it can be.

    But recent studies have shown snoring may be more of a problem than we think.

    It has been found that at least 30% of Irishmen and 10% of Irish women are affected either by their own snoring or that of their partners.

    The experts warn snoring may also be a sign of a far more serious condition, sleep apnoea, which can be very dangerous if left untreated.

    Professor Yves Kamami of the Fitzwilliam Private Clinic said: “It often gets passed off as an irritation, with people being unaware that they are causing more damage to their health by not getting treated.”

    People suffering from snoring often find themselves tired, lacking in energy, irritable and with impaired concentration. These are aspects of snoring that often go unrecognised and can prove very detrimental to a person’s health.

    We look at the ways you can stop your other half snoring and get a good night’s sleep.


    ONE of the latest practices is surgery. At the Fitzwilliam clinic Professor Kamami uses a number of techniques including Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty, which reduces noisy vibration , Bipolar Radiofrequency Thermo-therapy to tighten the soft palate, and a laser treatment that unblocks the patient’s nose.


    THERE are a number of companies manufacturing what they call “anti-snoring pillows”. These pillows force you to position your body on your side and back while you sleep, helping to reduce snoring and improve your overall quality of sleep.

    Keeping your head aligned with your neck and spine when you sleep has been proven to eliminate snoring and improve sleep patterns.


    A MAJOR cause of snoring is people breathing through their mouths when they sleep.

    The snoring chinstrap fits around the head and holds your mouth shut, forcing you to breathe through your nose and thus eliminating the root cause.

    There are a number of anti-snoring chinstraps available on the market, but whether or not they are actually effective is questionable.


    There are a number of products available that claim to open the nasal passage and improve nasal congestion when sleeping. Nasal dilation and airway enhancers are recommended for those less serious sufferers of snoring.

    Nasal dilators are small strips of plastic or metal that are inserted into the nostril in order to keep the nasal passage open.


    A SNORING mouthpiece fits on to your top row of teeth, much like a gum shield. They work by bringing your lower jaw forward and keeping your tongue pressed to the roof of your mouth.

    This is designed to prevent your tongue from interfering with your breathing pattern and reduce the noise of snoring.


    SOME anti-snoring throat sprays contain natural oils to lubricate the nostrils and throat, thus eliminating snoring. However, there is little scientific evidence to support the effects of these lubricating sprays though, and reviews areresoundingly negative.

    There are other glycerin based throat sprays which work by looseningvibrating throat tissues and are considerably more effective.


    HEALTHY diet, exercise, and lifestyle change can all help to reduce the effects of snoring. Studies have shown that overweight and obese people are more likely to suffer from snoring than those at a healthy weight. By maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle snoring can be prevented, and in many cases it is the only effective remedy.


    AN alternative snoring remedy, this anti-snore ring claims to allow energy to flow freely through the body via acupressure points.

    The free-flowing energy is said to improve circulation and respiration, thus remedying the condition.


    THESE work by Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation technology which is said to stimulate the central nervous system.

    There is little evidence to support the use of TENS technology as a snoring remedy – and they are often very expensive and frequently require maintenance.

    30% of Irishmen are affected by snoring problems

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