Snoring and sleep apnoea

Snoring is a common problem which can have a significantly disruptive effect on peoples’ lives. It is estimated that up to 50% of the UK population snore from time to time and it’s unfortunate that, for many of us who have encountered the real problems snoring can cause, it can be hard to find a solution that works for everyone.

What it snoring?

Snoring is defined by the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association as a coarse sound made by vibrations of the soft palate and other tissue in the mouth, nose and throat (upper airway). It is caused by turbulence inside the airway during breathing. The turbulence is caused by a partial blockage that may be located anywhere from the tip of the nose to the vocal chords. If the airway blockage is severe, this may result in sleep apnoea.

What is sleep apnoea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is defined as the cessation of airflow during sleep preventing air from entering the lungs caused by an obstruction. When you experience an episode of apnoea during sleep your brain automatically wakes you up, usually with a very loud snore or snort, in order to breathe again. People with OSA can experience these wakening episodes many times during the night and consequently may feel very sleepy during the day.