THE room is a perfect temperature, there’s fresh sheets on the bed and you’re tucked up ready for the dreamiest of sleeps.
But just as you’re about to doze off your other half’s deafening snores cut through the peace and quiet.
It’s enough to put a strain on even the strongest relationship.
So, long-suffering partners may be pleased to learn they could finally get a good night’s sleep – thanks to a £30 mouthpiece.
The Snoreeze oral device works by holding the jaw in the right position to keep the airway open and clear.
This means the wearer can breathe easily, alleviating any snoring.
Richard Wiffen, director of Passion For Life Healthcare, said: “It’s a surprisingly common issue.
“A huge chunk of the population have partners whose snoring doesn’t only cause disruption to sleep, but to marital harmony.
“Arguments are bound to happen when one partner is tired and irritable, and the other is being kicked into the spare room every night.”
A recent survey by the company found that 58 per cent of people admitted that they had done nothing to stop their snoring.
But it’s not just disrupting your partner’s sleep that snorers need to be concerned about.
Mr Wiffen added: “As well as affecting couples, snoring can seriously harm your health.
“It’s often the first sign of obstructive sleep apnoea, a condition where you stop breathing in your sleep. This can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.”
The most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) are:
- Loud snoring
- Choking or gasping during sleep
- Daytime sleepiness
- Poor concentration
Mr Wiffen said: “Ear plugs and separate bedrooms can temporarily help but they don’t get to the root of the problem, or deal with the snorer’s health.
“Most couples want to share the marital bed, and they want a peaceful night’s sleep.
“Using an oral device can offer an effective and long-term solution.
“Oral devices can also treat OSA – but you should talk to your GP first if you think you have this condition.”
A huge chunk of the population have partners whose snoring doesn’t only cause disruption to sleep, but to marital harmony
The devices are available for as little as £29.99 while the company’s newest device, which is created from unique dental impressions, costs £200.
The tailor-made device is a good option for people with small or large mouths, as most oral devices only cater for the average-size mouth.
Mr Wiffen said: “Wearing a LabFit Oral Device every night is where you’ll see positive long-term results.
“You’ll wake up feeling refreshed, see an improvement in your mood and concentration, and feel less sleepy during the day.
“Your partner will also get a great night’s sleep, making you both feel happier in your relationship.”
What causes snoring?
- Snoring is caused by the soft tissue in your head and neck vibrating as you breathe in while sleeping
- The soft tissue it can affect includes nasal passages, the soft palate, the base of the tongue and the tonsils
- As you get your nightly rest, the airways in your neck and head relax and narrow, which increases the speed at which you breathe
- This also changes the air pressure in your airways, which in turn causes the soft tissue to vibrate, causing the snoring sound
- The vibrations that happen during snoring are thought to weaken blood vessels and muscles in the head and neck
- This further reduces the ability of the airways to keep open, meaning snoring is likely to be more frequently and even louder
Previously, we revealed how medics have come up with a new device that can be implanted into your chin to stop snoring.
The device is a small U-shaped object, about the size of a thumb nail, that is implanted into the skin under the chin during a 15-minute local anaesthetic.
It provides a workout for the muscles around the tongue as it sends out impulses to active nerves and muscles to stop the tongue and airways collapsing during sleep – a key cause of snoring.
The device, developed by Belgium-based Nyxoah, has been approved for use in the UK following a recent trial which found that it brought major improvements in symptoms of OSA.
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Sleep apnoea leads to loud snoring as it sees soft tissue around the airway, including the tongue, relax and collapse repeatedly during sleep which obstructs the normal flow of air.
Up to two million people in the UK have obstructive sleep apnoea and in the longer term, it has been linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack.
The manufacturer says the results from the new device will be published this year, and major improvements were seen in symptoms.
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