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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.

Boots -Award

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.

Range

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

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.

Smoking

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. 

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. 

 

3 reasons Christmas could ruin your sleep

Christmas is supposed to be a time for giving, but our YouGov survey revealed that suffering partners across the UK are having their sleep taken from them.  The festive season is fast approaching; and there’s more than one reason why it could be about to leave you having sleepless nights. 

Festive tipples

With the party season upon us, it’s likely that most people will be enjoying a couple of extra drinks over the next few weeks.  However, while you are blissfully unaware in your alcohol-induced slumber, you may well be disturbing the sleep of everyone around you. 13% of people in relationships who took part in the YouGov survey said that their partner snores after a tipple.  Alcohol leads to relaxed muscle tension in the upper airway.  This can lead to narrowed airways, the vibration of soft tissue, and the sound of snoring. Click here to see how drinking alcohol can influence snoring and what you can do to help the problem.

 

 Winter sniffles

Having a few too many mulled wines isn’t the only thing that could be causing you to snore this Christmas.  16% of those in relationships surveyed said that their partner snores when suffering from a cold or allergies.  Colds and a blocked nose can cause snoring as the nasal passages become congested.  This congestion limits airflow, increasing air turbulence and making you more likely to snore. Click here to see how having a cold or blocked nose can influence snoring and what you can do to help the problem.

 

 Christmas nibbles

Christmas is a time of indulgence and excess, particularly when it comes to food.  Overeating often leads to winter weight gain.  Many people don’t realise that being just a few kilograms overweight can really increase your risk of snoring.  Extra fat around your neck can cause the upper airways to narrow, limiting your ability to breathe freely.  Being overweight can also mean that you do not have the muscle tone necessary to keep your upper airway open while you sleep and prevent vibration of soft tissue in your throat.  Click here to see how weight can influence snoring and what you can do to help the problem.

 

With 22% of those in relationships with a snorer saying that they had slept in separate rooms to give themselves a break from the noise, it is clear that snoring could possibly create relationship difficulties.   This kind of relationship stress certainly doesn’t pave the way for a very merry Christmas, and snoring is a problem that couples can no longer afford to ignore.

It is a well-known fact that Santa only comes when you are sleeping, so make sure that snoring doesn’t stop you or your loved ones getting the rest you deserve this Christmas. 

The bedroom nightmare giving women sleepless nights

In our most recent survey, carried out by YouGov, a massive 93% of UK women in relationships have said that their partner snores at some point.

Snoring is often laughed off as a bit of a joke; but 75% of women with snoring partners admitted that the problem has some sort of effect on their life or relationship.

Of the 75% of women that say their partner’s snoring has impacted on their life:

  • 26% say they have gone to bed first in order to get to sleep before their snoring partner
  • 87% say that they have shook, nudged, or kicked their partner to silence them
  • More than 3 out of 10 (31%) admitted sleeping in separate bedrooms in order to get a good night’s sleep
  • 9% even admit that they have considered putting a pillow over their snoring partner’s face while they sleep

Snoring can cause many problems not because it disturbs the snorer, but because it disturbs their partner. 

  • 59% of women say a disturbed night’s sleep leaves them feeling irritable
  • 33% say it leaves them emotionally sensitive
  • 24% say they feel resentful towards the person that has disturbed them

Looking at these statistics, it is no wonder that snoring can cause so many relationship issues.  Despite this, only 13% of women with a snoring partner said they or their partner had ever purchased a snoring relief product.  This means that there are a lot of partners across the UK being disturbed, and a lot of relationships left to suffer. 

What can I do about snoring?

Step 1 – figure out why you (or your partner!) snore in our about snoring section

Step 2 – learn how snoring risk factors can be avoided by making small lifestyle changes

Step 3 – make Snoreeze products part of your bedtime routine to provide relief from snoring

Every relationship has its problems, but snoring doesn’t need to be one of them.  There are products out there to ensure that you will only be kissing goodnight to each other, and not your relationship

New Year, New You (part 2)

Throughout 2013, we are championing your right to sleep at night. In our last post, we talked about the Snoreeze 8 Hour Challenge and how we can help you reclaim your much needed 8 hours of sleep back from snoring.

Here’s a reminder of what the 8 Hour Challenge involves.

This week we are going to look at how alcohol, weight and your genetic make-up can influence snoring and what you can do to fight back!

Both alcohol and weight contribute to the main cause of snoring.

Alcohol

Alcohol can relax the soft tissues at the back of the throat and increase your risk of snoring.

You may find that you do not have the muscle tone needed to keep the upper airway sufficiently open during the night to prevent the vibration of soft tissue. 

 Reducing the amount of alcohol that you consume should limit the relaxation effect on muscle tissue that can lead to snoring.

  • Drinking excessively can lead to weight gain, which significantly increases the risk of you snoring. 

 

Weight

Being overweight by only a few kilograms can increase the risk of you snoring considerably. The increased mass around your neck can lead to the narrowing of the upper airway, restricting your ability to breathe freely.

 Eating a balanced diet and exercising more frequently can help you to reduce body fat and alleviate snoring caused by being overweight.

  • If you have not exercised for a long time, have an existing medical condition or have specific dietary requirements, consult your doctor first.

In comparison, your genetic disposition can contribute to both the main cause of snoring and snoring caused by nasal congestion.

 

Genetic disposition

In some cases, your genetic disposition can greatly affect the likelihood of you snoring.

You may naturally have a narrow upper airway, which could cause the soft tissue at the back of your throat to vibrate. Similarly, if you have a larger than average-sized tongue it is possible that this could partially or fully block the upper airway.

Narrow nasal passages could have a similar affect on snoring as nasal congestion, causing you to breathe through your mouth, which can lead to snoring.

Although you cannot change your genetic disposition, in most cases it is possible for you to limit the affects it may have. 

New Year, New You

Reclaim For many people, the start of a New Year is a time to reflect on the previous year’s high-points and low-points. It’s also a time to consider your hopes and ambitious for the next 12 months. 

In this first post of a 4 part series – New Year, New You      – we’ll take a look at how overcoming snoring could become a reality for you in 2013.

 

Every year, we make (and break!) the same New Year’s resolutions. So why not try something different in 2013? How about joining the thousands of people that are already taking-on the Snoreeze 8 Hour Challenge?!

Here at Snoreeze we believe that you have the right to sleep at night. That's 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!

Stage 1 – discover why you snore in our about snoring section.

Stage 2 – learn how to adapt your lifestyle based on the key risk factors that influence snoring

Stage 3 – try a Snoreeze product each night as part of your bedtime routine

Our next post will be focusing specifically on the affects of alcohol, weight and genetic disposition can influence snoring and how you can tackle snoring caused by these factors in 2013!

Winter sniffles and snoring

As freezing temperatures are forecast to continue into the weekend, the UK is wrapping-up to stay warm in the run up to Christmas. For many of us, we’ve already received our first surprise gift of the festive season… a cold!

But what does a cold have to do with snoring?

Well, a lot more than you may think. A typical symptom of the common cold is a nasal congestion. This can cause obstruction of the nasal passages, forcing you to breathe through your mouth which can lead to snoring.

Nasal irritation often increases during the night which can further increase the impact that a blocked nose can have on snoring.

What can I do?

  • If you frequently suffer from nasal congestion because of a cold or flu, try to eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids to boost your immune system. 
  • The cold virus is contagious and can be passed-on by another person if you come into an object they have touched. Washing your hands frequently can help to mimiize your risks of contracting a cold from this.
  • The cold virus can enter your body through you nose and eyes, so try to avoid frequently touching them with your hands.

This video by NHS Choices provides some useful information on how to prevent contracting a virus.

For those of you who are unlucky enough to catch a cold, try using Snoreeze Nasal Spray or Snoreeze Nasal Strips to relieve nasal congestion.

  • Snoreeze Nasal Spray – It’s unique blend of natural active ingredients coats the nasal passages and opens the airways to provide effective snoring relief for up to 8 hours. Available in a 10ml size, each bottle provides 25 applications.
  • Snoreeze Nasal Strips – Their flexible bands open the airways and improve airflow to provide effective snoring relief for up to 8 hours. Available in two sizes, Small/Medium and Large, each pack provides 20 applications.

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