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Snoring Due to a Blocked Nose?


A blocked nose is one of the leading causes of snoring. Unblocking your nose can drastically reduce your snoring, but nasal obstruction has many causes and each have different remedies. Infection, allergies, pollution, drugs and the very shape of your nose all need consideration if you think nasal obstruction is causing your snoring. Your nose is great, and when it’s working correctly you are…

The Architecture of Sleep


If you have ever been suddenly woken up, deep into the night, you’ll know it’s a very disorientating experience. When you wake up naturally, you rouse gently in a less confused state. This is because in these separate instances you have woken up in different stages of sleep. Sleep has two main states, these are defined by the movement of our eyes: non-rapid eye movement (NREM), rapid eye movement…

Snoring and Pregnancy


It is estimated that as many as 49% of pregnant women snore, many of them having never snored before. This goes against the rule that women naturally snore less than men. In the general population, around 20% of women across all ages snore, with even fewer of child-bearing age doing so. Amongst the medley of changes happening during pregnancy, your new-found snoring is probably low on your list…

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Good Sleep: Why is it Important?


The partner of a chronic snorer loses over an hour of sleep every night. Good sleep can be hard to come by for all parties in a bedroom polluted with snoring, particularly if snoring transitions to sleep apnea. But why does this matter? Sleep can seem like a real waste of one third of your life; time spent doing apparently nothing when there’s so much else you could be doing. A lack of sleep…

Do Men Snore More Than Women?


The short answer to this question is yes. There are sex differences when it comes to snoring. Type snoring into a search engine and click on images. What do you see? Nine of the fifteen pictures on my screen showed men with mouths wide open whilst unfortunate women wrenched pillows over their ears to block out the sound. It’s a cliché, but one that is based on some truth. Twice as many men snore…

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Snoring: How Does It Happen?


Roughly 40% of men and 20% of women snore - that’s over 2 billion inhabitants of planet Earth. A snore is the sound of soft tissue in your upper airway vibrating due to interrupted airflow. Snoring is the result of a relaxed airway being obstructed, made possible by some design flaws in the anatomy of the human throat. But what is a snore?

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Sleep Apnea: Screening, Testing and Treatment


Sleep apnea is a serious condition where your airway repeatedly closes during sleep, depriving you of oxygen until you gasp awake. The combined effects of disturbed sleep and repeated bouts of low oxygen cause lots of problems for your physical and mental health. Despite this, many sufferers remain undiagnosed. But how do you get diagnosed? There are several steps towards understanding and…

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What is Sleep Apnea?


Apnea simply means “no breathing”. Sleep apnea is a serious condition where your airway repeatedly closes during sleep, depriving you of oxygen until you gasp awake. It is a common misconception that all loud snorers have sleep apnea, but if you think you do, ask yourself or your partner if you have any of the following: loud snoring with periodic silence and choking/gasping, sore throat or…

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Overweight and Snoring: A Vicious Circle


Being a snorer and being overweight are interchangeably linked. In other words, obesity can cause snoring and snoring can cause obesity. Loud snoring is often a stepping stone towards sleep breathing disorders such as sleep apnea, and the link with bodyweight is startling. Obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) value more than 30kg/m2, is the most significant risk factor for the development…

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Body Clock: Sleep, Light and Melatonin


Have you ever wondered why you feel sleepy at night and awake in the day? This daily fluctuation is your natural body clock working correctly. Our feelings of sleepiness or wakefulness are dictated by light and what it does to our brains. Our eyes don’t work very well in the dark, so it makes sense that we use this time to sleep and recover. Our feelings of sleepiness or wakefulness are dictated…