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Weight Loss for Snoring – SnoreLab’s SMART Strategy


It’s the piece of anti-snoring and general health advice that we often don’t need to be told: "lose some weight". Our SMART approach (substitute, move, avoid, reduce, think) is based on forming new habits, making lots of changes that go beyond just your diet, but keeping them manageable and sustainable to not only lose weight, but to keep it lost. The best way to stop snoring, lose weight or…

Mouth Exercises for Snoring


We know that getting some exercise can help us lose weight which is a great way to tackle snoring. Increasingly, we are seeing that exercise to help snoring needn’t involve running, or cycling or swimming, or even breaking a sweat. More people are turning to mouth, tongue and throat exercises to take control of their snoring and are seeing amazing results. Snoring is caused by slack tissue in…

What Happens in a Sleep Study?


In this guide to sleep studies, we explore what a sleep study does, how to get a sleep study, which type of sleep study is best for you, what to expect at a sleep lab, what to expect with a home study, what your results mean and what happens after diagnosis. At SnoreLab, we often get asked “Can the app detect sleep apnea?” Some users have found tell-tale signs of sleep apnea in their SnoreLab…

Age and Snoring


Why do you snore more as you get older? Do children and young adults snore? Snoring is linked with age but isn't just an old person problem. Increasing numbers of young people and even children find themselves snoring, or even gasping and choking through the night. Snoring’s association with age is exactly that, an association, not an inevitability. If you’ve found your snoring worsening with…

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…

6 Common Myths About Sleep Apnea


Most snorers don’t have sleep apnea. But most people with sleep apnea snore. There is a positive correlation between snoring intensity and the severity of obstructive sleep apnea; that is, the louder you snore, the more likely you are to suffer from sleep apnea. However, this does not mean that if you snore loudly you definitely have sleep apnea. An apneic episode is defined by a period of no…

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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…

snoring men and women

What is Snoring and 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…

diagram man sleep apnea airway closure

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…

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…

jetlag man unsure of time body clock

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…