With sleep apnoea, those snores can mean trouble

MindSleep apnoea is becoming a common medical condition among millions of people worldwide. It is said that about 80% of people with the disorder are left undiagnosed because they may be unaware that they have this medical condition. Sleep apnoea needs to be treated as soon as possible because it has dangerous consequences.

Unknown to most people, sleep apnoea has been linked to morbid illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Sleep apnoea can adversely affect brain and heart health. Serious consequences related to the brain include dementia and cognitive decline, which may be due to hypoxemia or a drop of the blood’s oxygen levels during a pause in breathing during sleep.

While there are a lot of contrasting opinions on clinical trial data results, it cannot be denied that sleep apnoea can definitely affect cognitive function through mechanisms different from the development of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease. This is because each episode of apnoea (pause of breathing) can last for about 10 to 20 seconds or more and can lead to certain drops in the blood’s oxygen levels. Apnoea also leads to poor sleep quality as it leads a person to move out of deep sleep into light sleep several times.

Sleep is essential to brain health because during sleep the brain assimilates information it has gathered through memory. If there is poor quality of sleep, there may be slowing of reflexes, loss of concentration, mood swings, headaches and easy irritability.

There are numerous causes of sleep apnoea, and each needs to be addressed. It can be a result of aging, through loss of muscle tone and weight gain. Because seniors are at risk of sleep apnoea, they should be screened for this medical condition so that early diagnosis and treatment can be undertaken. This is especially helpful in aging people who are experiencing cognitive decline.

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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.