Fast facts to help you stop snoring!
How much you snore has a lot to do with your age, sex, weight, health and fitness. Even if you feel everything is against you, there is still plenty of help around to end your snoring problem.
Snoring is the sound of your sleep-disordered breathing. Snoring happens when all these factors conspire to block the airways at the back of your nose and throat. Nightly snoring is proof that your body needs help to break through this blockage.
Factors that make your snoring worse
Age: As you get older, the muscles that should hold your airways open whilst you sleep get weaker. With weaker muscle tone, the soft skin at the back of your throat is more prone to collapsing into your airways.
Sex: Problem snoring is a factor of life for 1 in 3 men and 1 in 10 women. By the time you have reached 60, you have a 50% chance of problem snoring if you are male and a 30% chance if you are female.
Weight: Men especially tend to put on weight around their neck and chest. Extra weight puts extra pressure on tired airways causing them to collapse. If your collar size is 16 inches or more, you are more likely to need help to stop snoring.
Your unique features: Physical obstructions in the mouth and nose can make for difficulty breathing and can cause snoring. If you feel there might be a bodily reason behind your snoring, you should visit your doctor.
Fitness: Muscle tone is what keeps your airways open whilst you sleep. Keeping fit tones up all your muscles and improves the way your body gets vital oxygen to your brain and other organs whilst you sleep.
Health: Loud and sudden snoring is a symptom often associated with the medical condition, sleep apnoea*.
Help your body beat your snoring problem - Looking after your body is the best way to beat your problems with snoring. Snoreeze snoring relief aids are specifically designed and formulated to help your body to stop snoring. Enjoy the restful, snore-free night you need to be at your best in the morning with Snoreeze nasal and throat sprays, lozenges and oral tabs. For very loud snoring try Snoreeze's most effective product, the Snoreeze Oral Device.
*Sleep apnoea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. If you suspect you have OSA, we recommend you see your doctor.
DECLARE YOUR INDEPENDENCE FROM SNORING
The 4th July in the USA is Independence Day. On this day in 1776, 13 American States formerly finally broke their long relationship with Great Britain.
Britain and the Colonies had not been speaking for some time and the two were drifting apart in culture, outlook and ambitions. Countries and individuals are not all that different.
Strong relationships depend on talking. Talking at its best means being together in your own safe place and for couples this often means the bedroom.
A self-evident truth – you need better quality sleep
Bed is when you and your partner talk about what matters most. The 4th July Declaration lists the ‘self-evident’ truths vital to the successful pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
The fact that one partner’s snoring drives the other to a separate bedroom is a self-evident truth for all too may British and American couples. If you are sleeping in separate rooms, your need for better quality sleep is self-evident too.
Stop snoring, sleep soundly, stay strong
Snoreeze believe you should not have to choose between your relationship and your sleep. With a little help from the Snoreeze range of snore relieving nasal and throat sprays, lozenges, oral tablets and the resuable Snoreeze oral device for very loud snoring and sleep apnoea, you can help your partner to stop snoring.
Assured of a full night of quality sleep, you and your partner can look forward to that time of talking that builds a strong relationship in your daily pursuit of life, liberty and happiness – together.
Stopping snoring may also help you to reduce your Alzheimer’s risk
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Put simply, Alzheimer’s is the early death of brain cells. This leads to fewer and fewer nerve connections between the surviving brain cells. For a properly functioning brain, the number of nerve connections are just as important as the number of living cells.
Losing more and more connections leads to increasing memory loss and a decline in mental powers of reasoning. Scientists are still trying to discover what causes this loss.
One area of growing interest is the role of ‘hypoxia’ in Alzheimer’s Disease. Hypoxia simply means oxygen starvation. Researchers into dementia are becoming more and more convinced that oxygen starvation is a powerful driver behind the development of Alzheimer’s.
Snoring is a sign of sleep related breathing interruptions and Hypoxia
Snoring is the sound of difficulty in breathing. Muscles that normally keep open the airways of the nose and throat relax during sleep. Unsupported by muscle tone, the lining of these airways collapse blocking them for up to several seconds many times a night.
Blocked airways cause oxygen starvation. The brain tries to turn the oxygen on again by forcing deeper breaths. Sudden breaths rattle through the obstructed airways causing loud, sometimes explosive, bursts of snoring.
The most severe form is snoring is a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). OSA suffers can snore loud enough to wake anyone sharing a bed, without waking themselves.
OSA is a response to on-going oxygen starvation. To stop snoring means finding a way to keep those airways open. This is the first step towards preventing night-time oxygen starvation and protecting yourself against Alzheimer’s.
Stop snoring, fight Hypoxia and reduce Alzheimer’s risk
Anything that helps you breathe freely and easily whilst you sleep will help relieve your snoring problems. Keeping your sleep area free of allergens like pollen, dust or pet hairs and making sure you have enough ventilation is a good start. Good pillow-support for your neck and head also helps.
You can help restore muscle tone to your airways and ease the dryness of your throat with tried and tested snoring relief aids such as Snoreeze lozenges and melt-in-the-mouth oral strips.
Snoreeze nasal spray and throat spray will directly target snoring caused by colds, allergies or a blocked nose. A unique blend of effective ingredients ease congestion and soreness for easy breathing and a peaceful night’s sleep.
Just like breathing aids used by athletes, Snoreeze nasal strips help brace and support the nostrils. Keeping your nostrils open helps air to flow in and out of your nasal passages more easily.
For loud, severe snoring the reusable Snoreeze oral device will keep your jaw in the best position for easy breathing. The sides of your throat are prevented from rasping against each other ending your snoring problem for you and your partner.
Save your relationship, kiss snoring Goodbye!
Your partner’s snoring might not be bad enough to break your relationship but if you have noticed it, that’s an admission it is putting it under strain.
If your partner is waking you several times a night, it is not just your relationship that is under strain but your health too!
Sleep disruption and snoring is more common among sufferers of many serious conditions including dementia, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
Snorers suffer breathing disruption, which robs their brains of its oxygen supply. Oxygen starvation increases a snorer’s risk of serious illness, but it is not only the snorer who suffers. The same diseases linked to sleep disordered breathing are also linked to sleep disruption caused by a snoring partner.
People who snore, or have their sleep disrupted by snoring, also tend to fare less well in daytime activities. People with poor sleep patterns and disordered breathing are more likely to report feelings of irritability, an inability to concentrate and reduced problem solving skills. They also tend to suffer daytime sleepiness, increasingly linked to cases of dangerous driving.
That is why helping your partner stop snoring can save your relationship, save him and save yourself. All you need is a little specialist help from Snoreeze, the brand leaders in snoring relief aids.
Snoreeze snoring relief aids offer a range of effective products to fit your needs and lifestyle. Easily included in your bedtime routine, Snoreeze snoring relief does not encroach on the intimacy of your sleeping together.
Choose Snoreeze throat lozenges and spray to help restore muscle tone to your partner’s airways and ease the feelings of dryness in the throat. Refreshingly minty and 100% natural, Snoreeze oral strips dissolve quickly in the mouth providing nightly snoring relief.
Snoreeze nasal spray and strips directly target snoring caused by colds, allergies or a blocked nose. The unique blend of effective ingredients helps ease congestion and soreness for easy breathing and a peaceful nights sleep.
Just like the breathing aids used by athletes, Snoreeze nasal strips help brace and support your partner’s nostrils. Keeping his nostrils open helps air to flow more easily in and out of his nasal passages.
For severe/heaving snoring, which is a sign of sleep disordered breathing it is likely that the snorer is not getting enough oxygen whilst they sleep, they may even have sleep apnoea. The reusable Snoreeze oral device will open airways helping you to breathe quietly and easily and also preventing your partner’s airways collapsing whilst he sleeps. By keeping his jaw in the best position for easy breathing, the device helps end his snoring problem.
Take action now to stop your partner snoring. Rediscover the intimacy of sleeping soundly together with the help of Snoreeze snoring relief aids.
Awareness: Men’s Health Week 12-18 June
Snoring won’t Kill him; but stop your man snoring and it could save his life!
One in 5 British men die before the age of 65. It is no coincidence that some of the biggest killers of men ie. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are linked to symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). OSA is a sleep disorder that causes a sudden break in breathing and very loud snoring.
The big killers of men are present more commonly in men with OSA
If your man’s sudden and very loud snoring often wakes you, then he probably has the symptoms of OSA. Stories of men sleeping through many OSA attacks in a single night are not unusual. Just because he doesn’t wake when he snores, that does not mean his health is not suffering. Showing signs of tiredness, being irritable and unable to concentrate after a night of loud snoring, the chances are his OSA is starting to affect this health.
How snoring and OSA put’s your man’s health at risk
Snoring is the noise made when he’s struggling to breathe whilst asleep. Obstruction of the airways gets more likely as men get older, less fit and put on weight. All these things weaken and put pressure on the muscles that should keep airways open. Obstructed airways means less air gets to the lungs. Sometimes the obstruction is so severe that no air gets to the lungs for between several seconds and up tp a minute. This is called an “apnoea” and if these occur with regularity you probably have OSA.
As a result, dangerously little oxygen gets to the brain. It reacts by momentarily waking him and causes him to take a sudden, deep and very noisy breath.
The Killers: Sleep apnoea and heart disease
With each OSA attack, your oxygen-starved brain tells your lungs and heart to work harder. This sudden speeding up breaks the natural rhythm of your heart, causing stress damage. Stress on your heart causes it to enlarge by thickening its walls. It is harder to get vital oxygen into the tissues of an enlarged heart, causing it to work less efficiently. OSA is giving your man a weaker, less efficient heart that is vulnerable to sudden stress. Everything he needs for a potentially fatal heart attack.
Not only does the heart speed up when your lungs are not getting enough oxygen, if you have an apnoea the whole body momentarily springs into action just to get the breathing started again. This action needs an energy supply. A hormone called insulin is vital to managing blood sugar during sleep and the day.
Everytime an apnoea attack wakes him up, the sudden demand for energy crashes his insulin management system. Eventually the body becomes insulin resistant leaving him unable to control his soaring blood sugar levels. This is type 2 Diabetes.
The Killers: Sleep apnoea and stroke
Strokes are caused by brain damage. This damage can be due to oxygen starvation when blood flow to the brain is blocked by a blood clot or by a burst blood vessel leaking blood into the brain.
A brain becomes more fragile with age. Increasing weight and lack of fitness make these blood vessels even narrower and more prone to blockage or bursts.
Sleep disorders, like OSA, starve a brain of oxygen and make a heart beat faster to make up for the shortfall. Extra blood pressure from a suddenly raised heart beat is dangerous for the brain. Heavy snoring is a sign that the brain is at risk of oxygen starvation.
Relieving snoring lowers the risk of early death – FACT!
Anything that helps your man to breathe easily whilst he sleeps will cut his risk of early death. Snore-free sleep will reduce stress on the heart and blood sugar levels.
Helping to keep airways open with the aid of Snoreeze all natural lozenges, nasal sprays, throat spray and dissolve in the mouth oral strips will ease night-time snoring. For heavy snoring, the Snoreeze oral device will gently keep him breathing freely all night long.
Stopping snoring is the effective first step towards lowering the risk of killer diseases and ensuring a long and healthy life.
We all know that smoking is bad for your health but did you know that snoring will increase as more cigarettes are smoked each day. Cigarette smoke irritates the lining of the nasal cavity and throat which causes swelling and catarrh. If the nasal passages also become congested, it will also be difficult to breathe through your nose because the airflow is decreased.
Even passive smoking can cause chronic inflammation of the nose and throat passages increasing the risk of snoring. Even children are at risk and likely to be affected.
Researches are also investigating what damage nicotine can do to the nervous system as it is through that prolong exposure to this type of chemical can cause nerve damage within the airways.
Despite the well documented facts about the damage smoking does to the body, many people find it hard to quit smoking. If you are a smoker, the best option is to stop smoking but if you are not willing to stop the cigarettes, assistance to help your breathing is available by Snoreeze, the no. 1 market leader in snoring relief products.
Snoreeze Nasal Spray; contains only natural ingredients. A remedy which will ease congestion and open up the airways to provide effective snoring relief for up to 8 hours.
Snoreeze Oral Strips; a unique formulation that will tone and lubricate the soft tissues at the back of the throat also providing effective snoring relief.
Snoreeze Nasal Strips; a flexible band that is placed on the nose which gently opens the airways, improving airflow. Hypoallergenic and latex-free.
So lose your snore and improve your health, make everyday a ‘No Tobacco Day!’
This year, Boots’ customers voted Snoreeze Nasal Strips Large (20) as their favourite snoring support product.
Snoring is one of the most common causes of sleep disturbance – as many as 1 in 4 people in the England snore regularly – and it can be very distressing both for the snorer and their partner. With Snoreeze Nasal Strips, the snorer simply applies a single strip across the bridge of their nose. The flexible bands gently open the airways and improves airflow to provide an effective snoring relief for up to 8 hours. Strips are available in sizes small/medium and large.
In addition to Snoreeze Nasal Strips, the Snoreeze range includes Throat Spray, Lozenges, Oral Strips, Throat Rinse, Nasal Spray and the latest Snoreeze Oral Device.
To find out more, please visit your local Boots store and see their fantastic in-store offers.
Thanks for taking part in the Boots Vitamin Award’s this year and as always – sweet dreams.
Sleep apnoea is a condition in which a person stops breathing, either completely or somewhat, over and over again during sleep. These interruptions in breathing can be several seconds or even minutes long. The pauses in breathing disturb the normal sleep pattern and, if they are long enough, drop the oxygen level in the blood, eventually leading to other medical problems.
There are two main types of Sleep Apnoea:
In Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), the snorer is more or less strangled regularly during sleep. Imagine the part between the back of the nose and the voice-box as a hose pipe. Right, now imagine this hose pipe being frequently narrowed or closed off by negative pressure as the air inside is sucked out repeatedly. Something very similar happens to the air passage when a person has OSA.
In reality, the negative pressure happens when the snorer breaths in. The air passage closes off because the muscles holding it open are less active during sleep. Also, fatty tissue on the outside of the “hose pipe” can narrow the passage, making it easier to get blocked. Being overweight by only a few kilograms can significantly increase your chances of snoring, that can then develop into OSA.
When the air passage closes off, the snorer struggles to breathe and wakes up – gasping for air. The obstruction is then over, and normal breathing can carry on, allowing the snorer to fall asleep again. This happens over and over again during the night.
We all have heard a sleeping person snoring loudly, and then becomes quite, and starts breathing again with a gasp or snort. This is the classic description of a person with OSA. If severe enough, symptoms can include mood swings, depression, feeling tired, even when you’ve had plenty of sleep, and morning headaches.
The second and less common type of sleep apnoea is Central Sleep Apnoea (CSA) in which there are pauses in breathing during sleep without obstruction to the air passage. In this instance, the brain “forgets” to send signals to the lungs to breathe. Since blockage of the air passage is not required to produce CSA, snoring is usually not a major symptom and may not be at all. CSA is usually the result of other medical conditions like some brain disorders, heart failure, drugs like sleeping tablets, or narcotics that restrain brain activity.
Both OSA and CSA can occur in the same person. When this happens, OSA is usually more severe than CSA.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea:
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Here at Snoreeze, we believe that sleep is essential. That is why we offer a wide range of snoring relief products to suit everybody. You can visit our products page here and target the main cause of snoring. All products are available online without the need for a prescription.
In the UK, there are over three million people living with diabetes. 90% of those have type 2. The main risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being overweight or obese. Weight gain increases mass around the neck that will narrow the throat causing the muscles to weaken, restricting the ability to breathe freely. Snoring or sleep apnoea can become a result. Being overweight by only a few kilograms can considerably increase your chances of snoring. You hold the key to managing diabetes by making lifestyle changes.
The International Diabetes Federation have studied a link between type 2 diabetes and sleep apnoea.
These facts are included on their website:
If you’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you’ll need to look after your health from now on. The first step is to look at your diet and lifestyle and make significant changes.
Here are the main areas that you’ll need to look closely at:
If you stay fit and active, you may be able to prevent type 2 diabetes developing by making the above lifestyle changes.
Do you find yourself tired and irritable in the morning? Then you're probably not getting enough sleep. We found out that 61% of females have a snoring partner and 58% of men share a bed with a snorer, too. That's a lot of people across the UK with disrupted sleep. Then there are people who find themsleves too wound-up to shut their brains off, ending up lying awake for hours - with their thoughts. But, you can imrpove the quality of your sleep with a few minor changes to your night time routine. Read below for some handy quick fixes for a better nights rest.
Something we should be doing more of but who really has the time to fit in any exercise? We're busy... well that's my ecuse. A lot of us can hold our hands up, too, with that one - I hope. Being overweight by only a few kilograms can increase your changes of snoring. If you exercise for only 20 minutes a day - that's enough to see results (with a balanced diet, of course). Getting into shape could save your relationship. Who wants a snoring partner, really? You'll look your best, feel your best and will have worked hard enough with exercising you'll fall a sleep a lot sooner. It's a win-win.
Bed & Pillows
Are you finding yourself dozing off on the couch more or drifting off when Eastenders is on? Maybe your bed isn’t as inviting as your coach is. Your bed is arguably the most important piece of furniture you need. You should get the best you can afford. Investing in a good mattress and some new fluffy pillow will make going to sleep the pleasure it really is – and it can last you a lifetime. Make your bed as inviting as possible, and you will soon be looking forward to sleep.