Sleep Apnoea? Lose Weight, ACP Urges

losing weightSleep apnoea is a medical condition wherein there are breathing pauses and reduction of ventilation during sleep. So how do we prevent sleep apnoea? The new guidelines say that the first line of defense against obstructive sleep apnoea should be weight loss. If weight loss does not work, the guidelines say that other choices should be used such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and mandibular advancement devices.

An article from has several insights on this matter:

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea is an increasing issue, probably because of escalating obesity rates.

  • All overweight and obese patients who have obstructive sleep apnoea should be encouraged to lose weight.

  • Some intensive weight-loss programs may effectively reduce signs and symptoms of (obstructive sleep apnoea) in obese patients with or without diabetes. Those signs and symptoms can include the apnoea-hypopnea index (AHI), daytime sleepiness, and oxygen saturation.

  • For those who are not overweight, CPAP may be the best option. CPAP reduces daytime sleepiness, cuts the AHI and arousal index scores, and increases quality of life, although it has not been shown to improve the latter

  • In patients who are unable or unwilling to use CPAP, mandibular advancement devices can be an alternative to CPAP

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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.