Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
© Dr. Neil Stanley 2013-2019
Snoring Although people who snore loudly are frequently the target of bad jokes and middle-of-the-night punches, snoring is no laughing matter. It is estimated that 10-30% of adults snore. Snoring is defined as loud upper-airway breathing caused by the tissues behind the nose and mouth vibrating, leading to air turbulence and the resulting noise. The main problem with snoring is that not only does it disturb the sleep of your bed-partner but it also disturbs the sleep of the snorer, they may not in fact be aware that they are being disturbed, although they often feel sleepy during the day without an obvious cause. Both men and women, overweight and slim, snore, despite what women may say! (FYI they also pass wind).  Snoring can be triggered by being overweight, drinking alcohol, taking sleeping pills, smoking, nasal congestion or allergies. Persistent snoring may increase the lifetime risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, and stroke. Snoring as such cannot be cured but, in many people, it can be controlled through lifestyle changes such as losing weight, stopping smoking and not drinking alcohol. There are also various anti-snoring products available in your local pharmacists, such as nasal strips and sprays and some of these products can help reduce snoring in some people. Soundly (here) is a free app that is scientifically proven to help reduce snoring by strengthen the upper airway. It does this by getting you to repeat certain vocal exercises which control a space- invaders inspired game, I make no recommendation of the effectiveness of this product but as ut is free it might be worth a try to see if it works for you. In approx. 5% of people extremely loud, habitual snoring can be the first sign of the more serious disorder, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). OSA has a particular pattern of breathing during the night with pauses in the snoring followed by gasps as the breathing starts again. These pauses can last from a few seconds to over a minute and can occur hundreds of times a night. If suspect you may have OSA or if your snoring to disrupts your sleep, you should seek medical advice.