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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.

 

*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.

 

 

Men's Health Week

MENS-HEALTH

 

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.

 

 

*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.

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.

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!)   

How snoring could raise your risk of dementia

Alzheimer's Research UK say keeping active and maintaining a healthy diet are two ways to reduce your risk of dementia, but did you know that reducing your snoring can have an impact too?

 

Dementia: the facts

  • 46.8 million people worldwide are living with some form of dementia.  
  • By 2050 this figure is estimated to reach a staggering 131.5 million.
  • A UK study has estimated that the health and social care costs for dementia almost match the combined costs of cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Dementia Statistics

Age is the biggest risk factor for dementia, with 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 suffering with the condition.  Life expectancy in the UK is rising every year, meaning that dementia is set to become a bigger problem than ever.

 

Poor sleep and dementia

Poor sleep has been found to be a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia.  This means that getting a decent amount of uninterrupted sleep is vital not only for our physical health, but our mental health too. 

Poor sleep is a risk factor for cognitive decline

How could my snoring affect my partner's dementia risk?

Snoring is a problem that can get worse with age.  As we get older muscle tone decreases all over our bodies, even in our airways!  This means that the soft tissues in your upper airway are much more likely to vibrate as you breathe; causing the snoring sound.  

If you sleep next to a partner, snoring can become a real bugbear in your relationshipNot only does your partner get woken by your snoring, but they probably wake you to stop you snoring too! 

Recent studies have shown links between sleepiness and sleep inadequacy and Alzheimer's disease.  So, waking your partner throughout the night with your snoring could not only be affecting your relationship, but their health too.

 

How could my snoring affect my dementia risk?

If you snore heavily, it can be a sign of an obstruction in your airway.  If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea, this obstruction is so severe that the flow of oxygen is reduced or completely stopped while you sleep.  

The diagram below shows just how snoring and sleep apnoea (OSA) can be a sign of your problems breathing properly at night.

The difference between normal breathing, snoring, and apnoea

A study published in the journal Neurology this year found that sleep disordered breathing advanced cognitive decline in the elderly, so making sure your breathing is not obstructed is important to your health

  

How can I stop snoring having an impact?

Products from the Snoreeze Oral Range are designed to tighten and lubricate the soft tissues at the back of the throat, reducing or preventing the snoring that can worsen as we age.  These products can help those with a mild to moderate snoring problem to sleep quietly, reducing the impact snoring has on you and your partner.  

For those with a more severe snoring problem, sprays and other similar treatments may not prove effective.  If you are suffering from severe snoring or mild to moderate sleep apnoea, the Snoreeze Oral Device can really help by making sure you airway does not collapse, creating free space at  the back of your throat and ensuring air can flow through easily while you sleep.  

How the Snoreeze Oral Device stops snoring

The good news is that studies show treatment of sleep apnoea decreases the cognitive decline in patients with Alzheimer's. So, it's never too late for snoring and sleep apnoea treatment to have a positive impact on not only your sleep, but your mind and body.  

 

 

 


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