Snoring is a problem affecting as many as one in four people in the UK, according to NHS estimates – and men are twice as likely to snore as women. Snoring is caused by things such as your tongue, mouth, throat or airways in your nose vibrating as you breathe. It happens because these parts of your body relax and narrow when you’re asleep. Some people have laxity of the soft palate causing an exacerbation of these symptoms. You are more likely to snore if you are overweight, smoke, drink too much alcohol or sleep on your back. We can often pinpoint the cause but few know how to stop snoring.
Poor sleep is often caused by snoring.
Poor sleep can have a significant impact on so many aspects of people’s lives. Affecting work with poor concentration due to lack of sleep. Home life is impacted with couples often sleeping in separate bedrooms. It is a life changing concern for many people in the UK. Previously very little has been on offer to help patients who snore. However, Dr Phillips can now address the common question of how to stop snoring. There is a simple non-invasive laser treatment with no downtime.
Sleep apnoea is when your breathing stops and starts while you sleep. The most common type is called obstructive sleep apnoea.
Symptoms of sleep apnoea mainly happen while you sleep. These include:
- Breathing stopping and starting
- Making gasping, snorting or choking noises
- Waking up a lot
- Loud snoring
Daytime symptoms may also include:
- Feel very tired during the day
- Finding it hard to concentrate
- Mood swings
- Headaches when you wake up in the mornings