Consistent Bedtime Helps Sleep Apnoea

BedSleep apnoea has various physical, mental and psychological effects not only on the patient but also on his spouse and other family members. Sleep apnoea can cause lack of oxygen in the body tissues and can increase risks for deadly diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. People with sleep apnoea also experience impaired cognition; they are often too sleepy to perform their daytime activities. Too much snoring can also make a patient embarrassed; this creates lack of sleep not only for him or her but also to his or her spouse.

Treatments for sleep apnoea can be costly. Indeed an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. One of the natural ways you can treat sleep apnoea is to stick with a regular bedtime schedule while using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. This was recently proven by a new study.

Currently continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the first line of treatment for sleep apnoea in some countries. However, it is not effective unless patients use it consistently, researchers from Penn State noted. This study looked at CPAP adherence among 97 adult sleep apnoea patients. Adherence was defined as using CPAP for at least four hours per night. Patients whose bedtime was consistent within 45 minutes every night were much more likely to use CPAP for at least four hours a night than those whose bedtimes varied by 65 minutes or more.

The results showed that after one month of treatment, patients whose bedtime varied by 75 minutes or more per night were 3.2 times more likely to use CPAP less than four hours per night.

The bottom line? Sleep apnoea patients should incorporate a regular bedtime schedule with CPAP therapy in their regular routine. The researchers are currently looking for other factors that may also affect patients' adherence to CPAP therapy.

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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.