Overcoming Sleep Apnoea

sleepSleep apnoea is a medical condition wherein there are pauses in breathing or reduction of ventilation during sleep. This is caused by narrowing of the pharyngeal muscles during sleep. When a person is awake the body keeps its airways open to take in oxygen into the lungs and the other tissues of the body. During sleep, the airway muscles relax, however in persons with already narrowed airways, closing the airways and preventing air from getting in or out easily. If this happens, and you try to breathe, the soft tissue in your mouth, nose and throat may vibrate, causing you to snore. Snoring is a sign of sleep apnoea.

An article featured at http://www.nation.co.ke revealed several insights on how to overcome sleep apnoea.

  • There are three main types of sleep apnoea. Obstructive sleep apnoea is caused by muscles in the throat relaxing too much and closing up when you’re asleep. Central sleep apnoea is caused by your brain not giving the signal to breathe at times when you’re asleep. The third type is complex sleep apnoea, which is caused by a mixture of obstructive and central apnoea. The latter is a rare type. These three types can be diagnosed by a specialist sleep expert on the basis of their different causes and your specific symptoms.

  • The main symptoms of sleep apnoea are snoring and breath-holds when you’re asleep. There may also be extreme tiredness and sleepiness during the day because of the disturbances in your sleep.

  • With fatigue caused by sleep apnoea, there may be irritability. The person does not feel refreshed and may struggle to concentrate or make decisions. The person may also feel depressed.

  • Sleep apnoea can also increase the risk the risk of heart conditions such as coronary heart disease, heart failure, arrhythmia, stroke and hypertension.

  • You may be at high risk of acquiring sleep apnoea if you have the following risk factors: male sex, female and going through menopause, enlarged tonsils (a common cause in children), a receding lower jaw that causes an overbite, low levels of thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism), and a blocked nose (caused by congestion, catarrh, nasal polyps or damage to your nose)

  • You are also likely to have sleep apnoea if you are overweight and have excess fat around your neck (particularly with a collar size of 16 inches or more), if you drink alcohol in the evenings, if you take sedatives and if you smoke cigarettes.

  • You can do something to lessen your risk for sleep apnoea. Start losing excess weight if you're overweight, do not drink alcohol during the evenings, stop smoking and keep your nose as clear as possible.

  • Other treatment options for sleep apnoea are mandibular repositioning appliances (MRA) or mandibular advancement splints (MAS), continuous positive airway pressure, and surgery.

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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.