A New Interesting Solution To Stop Snoring

Treatment for snoringSnoring is a problem that is well familiar to many people. It is especially common for aging and overweight people, and very often it affects not only their life and sleep, but also those of the people around. It is estimated that in the United Kingdom, there are over three million people who suffer from this problem and are looking for in an effective treatment for snoring. Recently, there were a number of innovative approaches and technologies offered to stop snoring and sleep peacefully at night. In particular, some scientists and experts offer using certain stop snoring devices. Another effective technique involves a surgical removal of a small piece of tongue in order to prevent the condition, but this type of treatment for snoring sounds a little too aggressive. Generally, it is believed that in most cases, a simple switching to a healthy eating and practicing an active lifestyle, along with reducing body mass can also be one of the most helpful ways to stop snoring.

Nowadays, it is reported that scientists came up with one more very interesting solution for this common problem. They designed a new device named Good Morning Snore Solution, which looks like a dummy used for little babies, and the main function of this amazing technology is preventing the tongue of the sleeper from falling into the throat while the person is asleep. It is very simple to use this innovative technology. All you need to do is to take the device into your mouth before going to sleep, and stick the tip of your tongue to a special pad located on the dummy. While you are asleep, a specially designed plastic pad will keep your lips and front teeth apart, helping the dummy stay stable in your mouth and not to move during your sleep. The device also has a part resembling a bulb, which works as a kind of air pump. Before going to sleep, you should squeeze the bulb and let the air in it go, thus create a pressure and let the tip of your tongue go in the bulb. This way your tongue remains sealed up in the bulb and remains pulled up when you are asleep.

This technology helps keeping the tongue in such position which does not cause airway blockage and allows air freely come in and out, this way preventing snoring. This amazing new treatment for snoring will shortly be available for everyone for the price of £70, and very soon we all will get an opportunity to test this interesting treatment. The size of the device is compatible to the size of regular pacifier for babies, and it can be used by everyone without exceptions. The inventors say that using this device can be especially effective for those who suffer from sleep apnea, a common condition linked to temporary blockage of airways and inability of the sufferer to take a breath. Sleep apnea is linked not only to very high risk to receive reduced amounts of oxygen to brain during sleep, but also to such symptoms as fatigue, increased irritability, increased sensitivity to many infections, and other unwanted symptoms. The device Good Morning Snore Solution can help relieve the mentioned symptoms.

The device was extensively tested on a group of Canadian volunteers. 32 people who suffered from severe snoring and were looking for an effective stop snoring solution participated in the experiment. To a surprise of the scientists, just one night of using Good Morning Snore Solution helped most of the participants to reduce their number of waking up due to their own snoring for almost 50 per cent. According to the estimations of the researchers, just one night of using the device helped the volunteers to reduce their actual snoring for about 40 per cent. When the experimental part of the study was over, more than 70 per cent of the participants said that they will definitely go on using the device until their total recovery. Read more about the results of this experiment, as well as about the advantages of using this innovative technology in one of the latest issues of the Journal of Sleep and Breathing.

A New Treatment To Stop Nightmares

Stop NightmaresI am sure that it is hardly possible to find a person who has never experienced the horror of nightmares. There are very lucky ones who somehow know how to not take such things too much to heart since they can understand that they are actually seeing a horror dream, and even sometimes can somehow rule those dreams. However, the most of us get really scared and disturbed when we see nightmares. Experts say that seeing nightmares and disturbing dreams is a very common situation for those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. For example, this problem is very well familiar to those people who are involved in various occupations that cause fear or are linked to seeing other people dying: soldiers, firemen, policemen, paramedic personnel members, and so on. As the specialists say, sometimes an emotional or psychological trauma can make a person see the same nightmare every night for months.

Moreover, it is reported that repetitive and very scary nightmares sometimes affect even the partners or the family members of those people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and see nightmares every night. For example, sharing the same bad with a person, who is suffering from chronic nightmares can make you feel disturbed with weird sudden movements, heavy breathing and other scary sounds, thus, your sleep will be disturbed too, and such a problem as seeing nightmares cause by the partner’s problem can be developed. Therefore, there can be plenty of situations when it becomes really very hard for a person or for a few people to fight against night disturbances, or learn how to get rid of horrific nightmares from their minds and erase scary images, and in such cases the people start thinking about the opportunities to stop nightmares and go though possible treatments.

A group of researchers led by Dr Andrea Phelps, a specialist from the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, have published their recent findings and informed about proposing anew effective technology to stop nightmares.This new approach is called “imagery rehearsal treatment” which is created to help people suffering from post traumatic disorders or just having chronic nightmares to learn how to rewrite the scenarios of their bad dreams and this way possibly stop nightmares. This revolutionary technique was tested by a group of former American soldiers who were affected by the horrors of recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. All of those men reported having nightmares at least once a week, but mostly they suffered from disturbed sleep and bad dreams 4-5 times a week. As a rule, they were seeing their real experiences that they went through during the war battles, however, for some participants the nightmares were rather caused by imaginary traumatic experience.

The research group created a special strategy for every single participant to see how successful they are going to be in replacing their bad memories and visions with good and positive ones. For example, one participants, who suffered from a nightmare of being chased by a dozen of angry dogs when securing an area was asked to imagine in his mind and think over a new scenario involving 101 Dalmatian themes. As a result, every 11 of 12 participants reported about substantial improvement in their situation, and every 7 of 12 participants managed to totally get rid of dab dreams and night horrors. Therefore, this technique can be effectively used to completely stop nightmares in all modern people. According to the study leader, the main idea of the therapy course is changing the attitude of the patients towards the bad dreams they’re seen, which can be achieved through talking and helping the patients change the scenarios in their minds. ”Instead of going to bed feeling terrified of the prospect of having this same nightmare again, they’re going to bed rehearsing the new dream and feeling ready for it,” Dr. Phelps said.

Teenagers And Sleep Disorder Risk

The importance of sleep for kids and teenagers is very well known. As one of the recent studies have shown, today’s teenagers should have at least 7 hours of sleep every night (read more about this study about teenagers and sleep needs of theirs). At the same time, a great number of parents and moms report about their teenage sons or daughters hardly getting the required 7-hour sleep since they spend pretty much of time at their PCs or watching TV shows till very late time, etc. Most of today’s teenagers go to sleep way after midnight, cutting their sleep hours down to 5-6 hours a night. Can this tendency be dangerous and can the links between the health of teenagers and sleep irregularities cause serious risk to their health? Teenagers And SleepA group of scientists at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, carried out a study in order to find a possible answer to this question. Their findings were recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

The scientists analyzed the information on about 4,100 teenager, from secondary school  students to freshmen. It turned out that, first of all, there are very strong links between a lack of sleep or poor sleep and teenagers cardiovascular health. As the analysis has shown, every one of three teenagers who had reported about the problems like poor night’s sleep, inability to fall asleep, staying awake for a long time at night, and others, had high cholesterol levels and increased body mass. In addition, most of such participants were diagnosed with hypertension (or elevated blood pressure), the condition closely associated with high risks of serious cardiovascular problems like heart attack, stroke, and so on. At that, the mentioned risk increases substantially with age.

The experts tried to find proper explanations for the discovered issue of poor cardiovascular health of teenagers and sleep problems. It seems that poor sleep is closely linked to a lack of exercise, decreased appetite in the daytime and a tendency to have a snack at night causing poor nutrition and increased calorie consumption. All of the mentioned factors affect body mass, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, bringing to increased risks of cardiovascular diseases in today’s teenagers. Dr. Brian C. McCrindle, a senior researcher at the Hospital for Sick Children and one of the study leaders, underlines the importance of the links found by his colleagues: ‘When people think about cardiovascular risk, sleep doesn’t usually come up. These findings give more evidence that sleep is one of the things people should think about.’ He said that modern teenagers now have a great excuse to stay in bed for more than 7 hours every night.

Overall, the authors of the study aimed on finding the relationships between a chronic lack of sleep and teenagers’ cardiovascular health published the following information. Among all the participants of the study, 48 per cent of the teenagers had a problem of extra weight, accompanied with high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. At that, among those teenagers who reported having a proper sleep every night and having a very good rest, only as much as 35 per cent had problems like either high body mass, or high cholesterol levels, or hypertension. At that, as the study has shown, more than a half of the teenagers reported about suffering from a chronic lack of sleep, restlessness, insomnia, inability to fall asleep, and other sleep disturbances. You can find more information and learn about the study details in this report.


Smoking Takes Our Good Sleep Away

Smoking and SleepOur bad habits bring us some happy and relaxing moments, but they are destroying our health day by day. A lot is known about harmful effects and risks linked to smoking, including increased chances to suffer from lung cancer and others. According to the findings of a recent study, there are also strong links between smoking and sleep. A few days ago, an expert team from Charite Berlin medical school in Germany has published the report about their new research saying that smokers have fewer hours and lower quality sleep compared to those who do not have this nasty habit. The report appeared in the journal Addiction Biology and was reprinted by many popular mass media in Europe and the United States, causing quite a vivid public reaction.

German researchers analyzed the data on 1,100 chronic smokers and 1,200 non-smokers collected during the study aiming to establish the links between smoking and sleep. The participants were offered to answer a set of questions related to their sleep quality and duration. It turned out that among smokers, every one of four participants reported about very low sleep quality, and about 17 per cent claimed that they can not sleep for more than 6 hours a day. At the same time, among non-smokers one in five participants is reported to suffer from chronic disturbed sleep, and only 7 per cent reported sleeping less than 6 hours a day. At that, it was estimated that all smokers had much higher risks of suffering from insomnia compared to those of the participants who do not smoke.

This study demonstrates for the first time an elevated prevalence of sleep disturbance in smokers compared with non-smokers in a population without lifetime history of psychiatric disorders even after controlling for potentially relevant risk factors,’ said Stefan Cohrs, one of the study leaders and an expert from Charite Berlin medical school. He underlined that during the study, it became apparent that those people who smoke more than 20-25 cigarettes a day suffer from chronic disturbed sleep, and in conjunction with other related factors (excessive stresses, increased caffeine consumption, bad sleeping habits, staying up late, leading inactive lifestyle, and so on), smoking can bring to really serious outcomes and cause quite serious sleep problems for moderate and heavy smokers.

According to Cohrs, during the study his expert group did not manage to find direct criteria to prove that smoking impairs sleep and  strictly linked to disturbed sleep. However, he underlined that there were reasons to believe that the established connections between smoking and sleep problems can be caused by stimulating effects of nicotine. Cohrs says that our sleep can be affected by many other factors, including our body mass, age, alcohol consumption, etc. But still, according to the experts, the links between nicotine consumption (smoking) and sleep were the sheerest. Cohrs is convinced that the findings of his scientific team will make all smokers around the world think deeper about their health and give another reason to quit this nasty habit. Find more information about the study and the findings of German experts in this report.

One Of The New Ways To Stop Snoring

Snoring is undoubtedly one of the most common sleep disorders, and it is estimated that over 40 per cent of people around the world are affected by it. At that, according to the experts, snoring is very often accompanied with other sleep disorder known as sleep apnea, a condition linked to temporary interruptions of breathing during the night’s sleep. Sleep apnea affects up to 10 per cent of people around the globe, and in today’s UK over 120 thousand people are suffering from sleep apnea. This condition is pretty serious and should never be left untreated, in order to avoid possible side effects. Ways to Stop SnoringFortunately, there are many techniques and ways to stop snoring, which include doing special breathing exercises on a regular basis, using nasal strips or one of the most suitable stop snoring devices, and so on. Every day, hundreds of patients with sleep apnea and chronic snoring problem visit hospitals in order to find a solution for their embarrassing condition.

Despite the fact that there are plenty of possible solutions for snoring and sleep apnea, not all of them can work fine for certain patients. I.e., for many people it is hard to use stop snoring devices because they are bulky and it is not comfortable to use them while sleeping. However, the risks related to chronic snoring and a lack of oxygen at night include elevated blood pressure, increased risks of heart disease, diabetes mellitus, and other quite serious health conditions. At the same time, scientists are working hard on creating new technologies and ways to stop snoring, with increased effectiveness and available for everyone. The newest trend in this field is surgical solution to the problem. A small surgical procedure with very high effectiveness is offered to those who are suffering from chronic snoring, instead of using bulky stop snoring devices or other existing methods.

The essence of the method is the following. A small part of tongue is being cut away (mainly from the part known as epiglottis), aiming to chop the part of the tongue which flops to the back at night and blocks the airway. In this case, even if the tongue still falls back at night, the airway will remain free and a person will be able to breathe freely. Another variation of this approach includes also making the airway of the patient with storing a little larger, in order to reduce the risks of obstruction and snoring at night. This can be achieved by removing some pieces from the top of the mouth. The most interesting part about this new technology is using robotic surgery performed with a special automated device Da Vinci which is widely used for prostate surgeries. This considerably reduces the risks of mistakes, as well as makes the procedure more affordable and available for a greater number of people.

Many experts say that this technology is one of the best and the most effective ways to stop snoring, which has been practiced for about a year in St Mary’s Hospital, London. It takes about two hours to complete the procedure, and due to very effective anaesthetic patients feel no pain, even when the effects are starting wearing out. It takes about 48 hours to recover totally and get a relieve from painful swallowing, one of the most disturbing aftereffects. Even now, on the firsts stages of practical use of this method, the success rate is estimated to be over 80 per cent. The risks of infection with this surgery are very small. This approach can be a great alternative to stop snoring devices or other natural ways to stop snoring. It works great and can help many people get rid of snoring, especially with sleep apnea.