Catching Those ZZZs? A Guide to What May Be Keeping You Up at Night

snoringDo you have trouble sleeping at night? You are not alone. According to the National Center for Sleep Disorder's research at the National Institutes of Health, it’s a national problem. Between stress, problems with your sleeping environment and any number of disorders, 30 to 40 percent of the US adult population report experiencing symptoms of insomnia each year.

So what may be the reasons why you lose sleep? An article from has enumerated some of these reasons:

  • Insomnia. This condition is defined as the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep or both. Insomnia may be transient (lasting less than one week), short-term (lasting one to three weeks) or chronic (lasting one month or longer).

  • Sleep apnoea. This condition is a decrease or total cessation of airflow during sleep. Types include obstructive sleep apnoea (caused by a blockage in the airways), central sleep apnoea (the brain fails to signal the respiratory muscles to breathe) and mixed (a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnoea).

  • Narcolepsy manifests itself as falling asleep suddenly during daily activities and excessive daytime sleepiness. Symptoms include cataplexy (a sudden loss of muscle control), sleep paralysis (brief inability to talk or move while falling asleep or when waking up), hypnagogic hallucinations (scary dreams when falling asleep) and automatic behaviour (performing routine tasks without awareness, or even memory, of performing them).

  • Restless Legs Syndrome. This is a neurological disorder marked by a tingling sensation in the legs or arms that results in an irresistible urge to move.

  • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder. This is characterised by repetitive movements such as twitching or jerking every 20 to 40 seconds.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.