Snoring: A Possible Sign of Sleep Apnoea

sleeping on backSnoring is not just an unpleasant sound; it also means that you are suffering from a serious sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Sleep apnoea is marked by frequent awakenings during the night as the person’s breathing gets interrupted. An article from has featured some facts about snoring.

  • In most people, snoring is due to multiple factors. When you doze off and progress from light sleep to deep sleep, muscle relaxation can narrow the airway, creating airflow turbulence, and allow the soft tissues in your throat to vibrate.

  • If you sleep on your back, your tongue may fall back and contribute to the airway narrowing and snoring.

  • Enlarged tonsils can also be a cause of snoring in adults, but that’s more often the case in infants and children.

  • Being male and obese are both risk factors for snoring.

  • As we age, the airway muscles become more lax.

  • Consuming alcohol too close to bedtime can induce over-relaxation and collapse of the throat and tongue muscles.

  • If you have chronic nasal congestion or a crooked nose cartilage (also known as a deviated nasal septum), you are more likely to snore.

  • A low, thick soft palate can narrow your airway during sleep. Similarly, an elongated uvula (the dangling tissue in the back of your mouth) may obstruct airflow.

  • Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnoea.  A key tell-tale sign is the extreme fatigue and sleepiness experienced the next day – even with sufficient hours of sleep. Other symptoms include depression, irritation, decreased libido and morning headaches.

  • Studies have shown that untreated sleep apnoea increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, cardiac arrhythmias, sudden death, stroke and premature death in the long run.

  • If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea, you will benefit from the use of an apparatus supplying continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).

  • Surgical procedures for the treatment of snoring may include nasal, palatal, jaw, tongue and neck surgery, depending on the tissues that cause you to snore.

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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.