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Winner of Boots Vitamin Awards: 2017

This year, Boots’ customers voted Snoreeze Nasal Strips Large (20) as their favourite snoring support product.

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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.

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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.

Snoreeze Team

What Exactly Is Sleep Apnoea?

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:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
  • Central 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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  • Daytime sleepiness

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  • Loud snoring

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  • Abrupt awakenings caused by gasping or choking

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  • Dry mouth or sore throat

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  • Morning headache

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  • Moods swings; depression

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  • High blood pressure

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  • Decreased libido

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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.

Type 2 Diabetes & Sleep Apnoea. These Issues Are Affecting Us More And More.

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.

 

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The International Diabetes Federation have studied a link between type 2 diabetes and sleep apnoea.

These facts are included on their website:

  • Up to 40% of people with sleep apnoea have diabetes (type 2).
  • As many as 58% of people with diabetes have difficulties with breathing when asleep.
  • Blood glucose control, high blood pressure, stroke and heart failure can all be affected by sleep apnoea.

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.

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.

Sleep Problems: Snoreeze's Quick Fix Guide For A Better Nights Rest

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.

Exercise 

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.

 

The Risk of Smoking & How It Could Trigger Your Snoring

It’s been in the news lately that vaping has helped almost 20,000 people stop smoking. Which is great. We’ve all known of the dangers of smoking for a while now and the problems it can cause on our health. But it’s still difficult to put out that last bud for good.

Add smoking – even living with a smoker – to the list of things that can trigger snoring. Cigarette smoke can irate the lining of the nasal cavity and throat which can cause swelling. The more congested the nasal passage is the more difficult to breathe through your nose becomes. With each cigarette, the likelihood of snoring increases.

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If you’re not vaping already, it’s advised to avoid smoking for at least 4 hours before going to bed. Stopping smoking altogether could help to alleviate smoking-related snoring. This can be difficult, but the NHS have some really great resources to help you kick the habit for good.

Here’s a range of products that could help… Our Snoreeze Throat Spray, which is proven to be effective for up to 8 hours contains natural ingredients to battle snoring. We also have Snoreeze Lozenges that are fast dissolving to target snoring for immediate effect. 

The Sleeping Diet

Studies have found that sleep can affect your weight. Tired people have lower levels of leptin, a chemical that makes you feel full and put the fork down, but hold on – they also found that people with restless nights have high levels of ghrelin, a chemical that makes you hungry. Ghrelin triggers your brain that it’s time to eat.

In our most recent Snoreeze survey, conducted by YouGov, we found out that 51% of women admit that their partner’s snoring disrupts their sleep. That’s a good portion of tired women out there. Not having enough sleep sets your brain up to make bad decisions. This could be the reason why we have late night snacks, ladies. Something we’ve all done.

We also found out that 86% of women have never bought their partner a snoring relief product, either. Just think of the lbs you could lose if you slept 8 hrs a night, uninterrupted from your partners snoring. Here at Snoreeze, we challenge everybody to reclaim their 8 hours’ sleep. Discover why your partner snores in our snoring section or try a Snoreeze product and make it part of their bedtime routine. 

How Sleep Helped Olympic Champion

Michael Phelps, the world’s greatest swimmer, ended his career after five Olympic games, in Rio 2016. Phelps spent countless hours in the pool as he trained for his final appearance in the Rio Olympic Games. He won five gold medals and a silver, making a total score of 23 Olympic titles and 28 medals!

During training, back in 2015, Phelps only began to consider how important sleep is. The Olympic swimmer averaged over seven hours of sleep a night, leading up to Rio. A target he wanted to aim for while in Rio, as well.

Sleep still isn’t fully understood for fitness training. However, sleep and nutrition can help training plans for coaches as early as the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. This can help monitor how the body responds to certain levels of sleep and how it effects or hinders athletes’ overall performance.

In our recent YouGov survey, 60% of the general public snore in the UK. 58% either disrupt their own sleep or their partner’s – which isn’t good, and a shocking 89% have never purchased a snoring relief product either. Just think of the potential athletes the average person could be if they had a better sleep. Here at Snoreeze we challenge you to reclaim your 8 hours’ sleep. Discover why you snore in our snoring section or try a Snoreeze product and make it part of your bedtime routine.

We recommend 7 – 9 hrs sleep for adults for a good night’s sleep. Ultimately, seeing the results in Rio, having a healthy sleep worked well for Phelps. He won six medals – including five golds. 

The highest percentage of snorers in the UK revealed!

Our recent survey, carried out by YouGov, the results showed us where the highest percentage of snorers in the UK come from. We conducted our questions to 12 regions across the land, and found out that the North East has the highest percentage of snorers with a massive 78%. And with a population of over 2.5 million – that is a lot of snorers.

Of the 78% of snorers in the North East:

 

  • 90% have never purchased a snoring relief product.
  • Only 16% worry that they may suffer from Sleep Apnoea.
  • 46% of the region admitted that their snoring would be an issue if they stayed at a friend/relatives house and travelling on an aeroplane or by public transport.
  • A massive 93% say they have never bought a snoring relief product for their partner, either.

 

Looking at these statistics, there are a lot of snorers in the North East that can cause so many relationships issues. Despite this, only 7% of couples with a snoring partner purchased a snoring relief product. This means that there are a lot of partners across the North East being disturbed, and a lot of relationships left to suffer.

Also, a lot of people are unaware that they may suffer from Sleep Apnoea. For further information on Sleep Apnoea, visit our page Do I Have Sleep Apnoea?

 

What Can I Do About Snoring?

Step 1:

Find out why your partner (Or yourself) snore in our About Snoring section

Step 2:

Make sure to have your 8 hours of sleep. Here at Snoreeze we challenge you to have a good night’s sleep.

Step 3:

Make a Snoreeze product part of your bedtime routine. 

5 Weird Things To Know About Sleep

We spend a third of our lives doing it. From the moment we are born until the ultimate sleep. Thomas Edison claimed that it was a waste of time, and others like Florence Nightingale and Margaret Thatcher got by on only four hrs of sleep a night. 

5. How Much Sleep Is Required?

Sleep can vary from person to person. Whilst, Margaret Thatcher, stated above, can get by on four hours sleep per night, most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hrs sleep to function at their best. The hours vary slightly with different age groups.

Here’s a chart for the recommended hours of sleep for each age group:

  • Newborn (0 – 3 months) – 14 – 17hrs sleep
  • Infact (4 – 11 months) – 12 – 15hrs sleep
  • Toddler (1 – 2 years) – 11 – 14hrs sleep
  • Pre-school (3 – 5 years) – 10 – 13hrs sleep
  • Teen (14 – 17 years) – 8 – 10hrs sleep
  • Young Adult (18 – 25 years) – 7 – 9hrs sleep
  • Adult (26 – 64 years) – 7 – 9hrs sleep
  • Older Adults (65+) – 7 – 8hrs sleep

Here at Snoreeze we believe that you have the right to sleep at night. That is why we are championing a good night’s sleep with our 8 Hour Challenge. Snoreeze is challenging snorers and their partners across Great Britain to get their 8 hours of sleep every night. Taking part is a simple as 1, 2, 3!

 

 4. The Future Of Sleepwalking

When you hear stories of sleepwalkers, you just imagine people walking around the house, but sleepwalkers can do other things. Our night-time activities have evolved with our daytime ones. There have been cases where people have sleep-texted or sent a sleep-email.

Professors have stated that the act of texting and answering an alert on our phones have become so ingrained in us that it’s crossing boundaries between sleeping and being awake. There are a few simple tricks to prevent any embarrassing messages being sent whilst you snooze: turn off your phone at night and keep it well out of reach.

 

3. Earliest Theories About Sleep

The history of sleep and dreaming goes back to the BC era. Early scientists, physicians, and psychologists had a hard time trying to figure out why we sleep.

One of the first thoughts on why we sleep was by Alcmaeon, one of the most renowned natural philosophers and medical theorists of his time (Ancient Greece). His theory stated that sleep occurs when blood vessels in the brain are filled up and we wake up when the blood vessels empty… He also thought that the eye contains both fire and water. Kudos for trying, Al! The rest of the scientific community would ignore the science of sleep for another 2,000 years, becoming one of the most under-researched areas of human behaviour.

In ancient Egypt, sleep was something that people had no control over. The Egyptians believed that when they fell asleep, they entered a place between the lands of the living and the dead. Sleep was thought to be the works of spirits and a way for the dead to communicate with the living.  

 

2. Longest Amount Of Time Without Sleep

A Californian man named Randy Gardner holds the record for the longest period of time a human has gone without sleep. Gardner managed to stay awake for 11 whole days and 24 minutes (that’s 264.4hrs).

Gardner’s health was monitored by Lt. Cmdr. John J. Ross, and he reported that Gardner’s behaviour changed dramatically. Lack of sleep caused Gardner problems with his concentration and even short term memory loss. On the eleventh day, when asked to subtract 7, starting from 100, Gardner stopped at 65 and replied that he had forgotten what he was doing.

 

1.    Animals That Sleep

There are so many sleeping facts about animals that are super interesting. Here’s a list of a few our faves. Three eye-opening facts about how the animal kingdom sleep.

  • Cats can sleep up to 13 - 14 hours, on average. They mostly roam around at night to hunt, which is typically in the wild. This is true for biggers cats, too - the mighty lion, king of the jungle. 
  • A desert snail can sleep up to THREE YEARS! It's not uncommon for any snail to nap for a week, either. They hibernate when the air gets too dry because they need moisture to stay alive. 
  • We all know about bats sleeping beside down, but they do it for a reason. It makes them less obvious prey and it allows them to take off at any moment if they are any any treat. 

 

7 top tips for sleeping with a cold

We've all been there. You've felt fine all day, but as soon as your head hits the pillow...BAM! Your nose has transformed into a dripping tap and even breathing is a struggle.

Check out our 7 top tips for falling (and staying!) asleep when you've got a cold.

 

1. Go head over heels

There's nothing worse than struggling to drift off because you feel all bunged up.  Raising the level of your head while you sleep can really help to solve this problem by draining your sinuses.  Adding a few more pillows under your head may seem like a good idea, but this can force your neck to be at an uncomfortable angle, causing pain the following day.  Instead, try putting a few large books underneath your mattress.  This should raise your body from the waist up, rather than just raising your neck.  

 

2. Check your meds

You’ll probably need some sort of decongestant or flu medication before bed.  But beware; many of these kinds of medications contain caffeine or other stimulants.  That’s great during the day when you’re feeling run down and nee a pick-me-up, but taking them too close to bedtime can really disrupt your sleep.  Try to avoid any caffeinated drinks or medications after 3 or 4pm and opt for a special night-time cold and flu medication that will make you drowsy.   

 

3. Spray away

It's natural for most of us to breathe through our noses while we sleep, but this can be almost impossible if you're full of cold.  Nasal sprays are a great way to decongest your nasal passages when you’re all bunged up, helping you to breathe more easily throughout the night.  Many of these sprays contain stimulants, so many end up having a negative impact on your sleep. Snoreeze Nasal Spray is made from natural ingredients.  So, while it still decongests your nasal passages effectively, it won’t keep you awake at night.  

 

4. Get steamy

Repeatedly blowing your nose can irritate the skin on your face and leave you with a headache.  Having a hot shower or bath can help to clear your sinuses before bed. Placing a bowl of water on the radiator overnight can help to keep the room humid, stopping your throat from drying out and hopefully easing your tickly cough.   

 

5. Start stripping

We mean nasal strips, of course!  These little beauties work wonders when you’re struggling to breathe through your nose.  You apply one to the top of your nose and it works by holding your nostrils open to help the air get through.  Snoreeze Nasal Strips are hypoallergenic, latex free, and come in two different sizes.  They’re great because you can safely use them in combination with nasal sprays or decongestant medications. 

 

6. Optimise your sleep space

It’s difficult to sleep if your room is the wrong temperature, or if you have thin curtains letting outside light in.  Try and create a space that is perfect for sleep.  Get rid of all sources of light.  The darker your room is, the better.  Banish all gadgets, making sure to not look at any devices like smartphones or tablets just before bed as the blue light they emit has been proven to disrupt sleep. 

 

7. Roll over

Sleeping on your back can also increase your chances of snoring; something many people find themselves doing when suffering from a cold.  Try sleeping on your side instead.  If you're a natural back-sleeper, prop yourself up with a few pillows to make sure you don't roll back during the night.  (You might want to put a tissue or hand towel under your face to catch any mucus throughout the night...YUM!)   


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