Snoring, Tiredness are Signs of Dangerous Sleep Apnoea

tiredIs snoring dangerous? Most people do not think so. However, snoring is a sign of sleep apnoea and the consequences of sleep apnoea are dangerous: hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. However, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, an estimated 12 million American adults have obstructive sleep apnoea, and many of those cases are undiagnosed. Thus, more ways are being developed recently to diagnose sleep apnoea among the population.

One of the ways by which sleep apnoea can be diagnosed is through symptoms. One symptom is snoring. In a study by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, 10,701 people who participated in sleep studies were followed for an average of 5.3 years. In that time, 142 patients died from sudden cardiac death. The most common predictors were an age of 60 or older, 20 or more apnoea episodes per hour of sleep, and an oxygen saturation below 78 percent during sleep. In some studies, people who snore have a higher chance of having higher blood pressure and a higher chance of having a stroke.

Other manifestations of sleep apnoea include long interruptions of breathing during sleep, frequent waking from sleep, and light sleeping. People with sleep apnoea may also try to keep their throat muscles tense enough to maintain airflow. 

When breathing stops during sleep, the oxygen blood levels drop. The brain then senses that you are not breathing and wakes you up. When the brain wakes a person up, it releases stress hormones. These stress hormones don’t allow a person to get sleep; they also elevate blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels and increase your risk for heart attack or strokes.

Symptoms which may reveal that you have sleep apnoea include waking up with a  sore or dry throat, loud snoring, occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation, sleepiness or lack of energy during the day, sleepiness while driving, morning headaches, restless sleep, forgetfulness, mood changes, decreased interest in sex, and recurrent awakenings or insomnia.

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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.