Snoring Solutions was born out of a passion to help those that suffer the effects that snoring can have on both the individual and also their families. We wanted to be able to offer a treatment that is only available in a handful of Practices around the UK – Fotona’s NightLase® therapy.
Snoring is extremely common but can severely impact yours and your loved ones lives. If you have taken the time to read about us here at Snoring Solutions then we are sure you are well aware of the impact snoring can have on you and your family. Habitual snorers and their partners can be left exhausted and irritable after the disrupted night’s sleep. The lack of sleep can also impair memory and concentration. Snoring often puts stress on relationships and can even decrease sex drive. You may even find yourselves having to sleep in a separate room to your other half. Snoring can also cause more serious health issues as getting good quality sleep is important in helping protect mental and physical health.
Snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea which if left untreated can put you at higher risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and reduced brain function, including poor memory and learning.
Some people may find themselves feeling embarrassed that they snore and therefore reluctant to seek help. Our friendly team will immediately help to put you at ease, from the very first phone call. There is no need to feel embarrassed, we are here to help.
Our aim at Snoring Solutions is to enable snorers and their families to enjoy undisturbed, peaceful night’s sleep. You may have had treatment for snoring in the past that was unsuccessful however please do not give up hope. It is important we diagnose the cause of your snoring in order to recommend which type of treatment will help.
What causes snoring?
Snoring is not an illness, it is a symptom. It is caused by the airway tissue at the back of the mouth, throat and nose vibrating as we breathe in and out. When we are awake our muscle tone prevents the airway tissues vibrating but whilst we are asleep our muscle tone is reduced. This is why people don’t snore when they are awake.
Snoring is more common in men although many women snore. About 40% of men and 24% of women are habitual snorers. A number of things make snoring more likely such as:
Age – Both men and women tend to snore more as they get older as muscle tone decreases.
Excess weight – Increased weight around your neck means that when you lay on your back the fatty tissue squeezes the airway partially blocking it.
Alcohol consumption – Alcohol makes your muscles relax more than usual. This may encourage the back of your throat to collapse as you breathe which restricts air flow.
Smoking – Smokers are twice as likely to snore than non-smokers. Airflow is decreased in smokers as the cigarette smoke irritates the lining of your nose and throat, causing swelling and catarrh.
Mouth breathers – If you breathe through your mouth whilst you sleep instead of your nose the air hits the back of the throat ‘head on’ and causes the soft tissues to vibrate.
Sleeping position – People that sleep on their backs are more likely to snore due to the effects of gravity on the upper airway which causes the tongue and soft palate to fall back into the throat.
Menopause – Oestrogen levels decrease during the menopause and oestrogen plays a role in keeping the muscles around the windpipe strong.