Science

Discover the science behind snoring

Science

Discover the science behind snoring

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Do Snore Alarms Work?


We often get asked if we can create a snore alarm to alert our users that they are snoring. But do snore alarms actually work? Are snore alarms an effective solution in the long term? Does behavioural conditioning work for snoring? Does a snore…

Weird Anti-Snoring Ideas of the Past


Type "snoring remedies" into a search engine and you’ll see the usual suspects: mouthpieces, nasal dilators and special pillows amongst a few others. We dug deeper into the history of anti-snoring devices and found some unusual contraptions we…

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…

Snoring During 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…

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Why Good Sleep is 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…

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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…