Sleep Apnoea

snoringAre you aware of sleep apnoea? Sleep apnoea is one of the most common medical conditions nowadays. It affects up to 5% of women and 15% of men between the ages of 30 and 60. It can be found in people who are simply snoring during sleep. Sleep apnoea can be a life-threatening medical condition. During sleep apnoea, the body’s oxygen levels fall, carbon dioxide can build up, and the heart will have to work harder to cope. Untreated sleep apnoea can cause dangerous daytime sleepiness as well as contribute to a higher risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack.

An article from has talked about some facts on sleep apnoea:

  • There are three types of sleep apnoea. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnoea. The other two types are central sleep apnoea and mixed sleep apnoea.

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea is common in men and in people who are overweight.

  • Central sleep apnoea, which is quite rare, results when the brain fails to send normal signals to the chest to breathe properly while asleep. Neurological diseases and severe heart disease can also cause central sleep apnoea.

  • Mixed sleep apnoea is a combination of the first two types which starts out as central sleep apnoea, and then turns into OSA.

  • People who are likely to have sleep apnoea are loud snorers, people who feel tired and groggy when they wake up, people who are often sleepy during the day, people who are overweight and people who choke, gasp, or hold their breaths while asleep.

  • Sleep apnoea can lead to headaches, memory problems, and depression.

  • Sleep apnoea can give rise to complications including high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and abnormalities in heart function, such as heart failure and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)

  • Lifestyle changes can help eliminate factors that cause or aggravate sleep apnoea, such as losing weight, sleeping on your side, quitting smoking, and avoiding alcohol and tranquilisers.

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a special close-fitting mask that is worn over the nose and provides a constant airflow from a small machine to the upper airway, supporting and holding it open. This is the most successful treatment for sleep apnoea.

  • Dental appliances can be worn at night to stop the throat from closing up or the tongue from falling back, keeping the airway open.

  • Surgery is considered as a last resort. Excess soft tissue can be removed to clear the airway. This works for heavy snoring, but only seems to help in about 50% of sleep apnoea cases.

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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.