Sleep Apnoea: Why Sleeping Without Breathing is bad for your Health

woman sleepingBreathing is essential to life. Breathing enables us to take oxygen in our bodies and utilize it to burn energy and to perform life processes. Breathing is synonymous to life. If we don’t breath, we die. If we don’t breath enough, our organ systems will fail and we get sick and die. This is what happens if we have sleep apnoea.

Sleep apnoea is a sleeping disorder that can affect anyone. It can affect you, it can affect me. Sleep apnoea is manifested by loud snoring at night. This loud snoring can give rise to pauses in breathing during sleep and can lead to hypoxemia, a condition wherein there is low oxygen level in the blood. Sleep apnoea is often caused by narrow air passageways. If hypoxemia goes on, this may give rise to problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

However, there are people who are more prone to sleep apnoea. People who are more prone to sleep apnoea include men, those who are overweight, those over 60 years old, those who consume alcohol or take sleep medicines and those who smoke or have chronic rhinitis.

Sleep apnoea may either be obstructive or central. Obstructive sleep apnoea is the most common type among ordinary people. In a person with sleep apnoea, the muscles of the throat relax and the air passages collapse. The diaphragm continues to contract but there is no air flow into the lungs. This leads to a shortage of oxygen which may cause the person to move slightly or turn his or her head. After this the muscle tone of the throat returns briefly and the person breathes normally for several breaths. Then it happens all over again.

Sleep apnoea, if occurring more than 20 times per hour, may increase the risk for sudden cardiac death during sleep. Sleep apnoea can give rise to hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease and liver dysfunction.

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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.