Snoring is more than just a noise!

Dr Zak Kara, Dentist at Envisage Dental Pratice in Emsworth explains why Snoring is not a joke and how dentists like him can treat snoring.

Yes, that surprised us too. 75% of couples regularly sleep in separate rooms because of disturbed sleep.

Embarrasing Snoring

What’s worse is that the vast majority of these couples think their sleeping arrangements are socially unacceptable, so avoid talking about them openly. Why? Because of the embarrassment that one or both of them snore, and because of the fear that nothing much can be done about it.

Embarrassment aside, broken sleep inevitably impacts on the sufferer and their partner’s lifestyle (we will leave it up to you decide who is “the sufferer!”). Have you ever thought about how much this impacts on your effectiveness at work, your stress levels, your sex life and causes constant daytime sleepiness? Did you know about the danger of accidents at work or the potential to fall asleep at the wheel? Let’s put this into context: 34% of drivers who drove more than 20,000 miles a year admitted they had fallen asleep behind the wheel in the previous 12 months (source: RAC). Worse still, there are serious health risks associated.

Life Threatening Condition

Snoring is caused by a partial closure of our airway during sleep, due to a relaxation of the muscles in your neck. The vibration of these muscles causes that characteristic sound.

Every night many of us not only have a partial closure but also stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night. This is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and in severe cases, sufferers spend more than half an hour of their average sleep depriving their bodies of oxygen. They choke and gasp and they’re robbed of rest, though they wake with no memory of this all-night struggle.

It is estimated that 30 million people in the UK are habitual snorers, both male and female, and in all age groups. So it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, and there are many simple things that can be done to help (all of which are coming up in this week’s Blog series). Bear in mind that you could also be one of the 4% of men and 2% of women who are not only a snorers but also suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. Your life could be at risk every single night.

National Stop Snoring Week 2013

This week, 22nd – 28th April, is National Stop Snoring Week 2013. At enVisage, part of our Care Promise is to put your health and wellbeing at the core of everything we do. We’re proud to be celebrating National Stop Snoring Week by offering a free Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) screening visit, of which snoring could be a sign. Take the first step to ensuring you get a better night’s sleep, and reduce your risk of a potentially life-threatening condition.

If you are worried that you or your family are being robbed of rest, then do call our reception team on 01243 375588, or email on info@envisage-emsworth.co.uk. By arranging a visit and quoting blog code ‘SLEEP2013APR’ you will receive a free twenty minute personalised screening. Spaces are strictly limited.