Putting on Weight can Trigger Sleep Apnoea

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  • Early intervention is effective and can help you dodge health hazards that obstructive sleep apnoea can cause. OSA is characterized by repeated pauses in breathing for seconds or minutes, when your throat muscles and/or tongue block your windpipe. This can cause low blood oxygen levels, increase your risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as all the health problems that go along with disturbed sleep. It’s long been associated with smoking, excessive alcohol intake, obesity and people who already have Type 2 diabetes.

  • Now we know that it can be triggered by even a little weight gain, and one of the first places you gain or lose fat (weight) are in your neck and throat. We suggest that you work with your doctor or a nutritionist ASAP to lose 5 percent of your body weight — that’s been shown to help relieve OSA in more than 30 percent of people, and actually cure others.

  • You also should adjust your sleep position: Elevating your head or getting a firmer pillow can help sometimes, as can sleeping on your side instead of your back.

  • You may be a candidate for an oral appliance, fitted by a dentist experienced in treating sleep apnoea. It’s a mouthguard that repositions the lower jaw, tongue and uvula (that little flap hanging down from the back of your throat).

  • Daily singing for 20 minutes also helps, by strengthening your throat muscles.

  • If you end up with a severe case, the standard treatment is continuous positive airway pressure: It delivers a steady stream of air pressure to keep your airway open all night.

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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.