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Dr Yves Kamami, ENT surgeon at The Private Clinic of Harley Street and an expert in the causes and treatments for snoring, outlines what makes us snore and the best ways to combat it:
We are much more likely to snore if we’ve had a tipple before we go to bed. This is because alcohol relaxes the muscles of your tongue which can lead to the narrowing of the airways, ultimately resulting in snoring. Avoiding alcohol before going to bed could therefore reduce your chances of snoring.
Smoking can enlarge some tissue in the nose, called the turbinates, which makes breathing more difficult; both of these side effects from smoking are likely to increase the chances of snoring. Kicking the habit won’t just improve yours and your partners night sleep, it will also improve your overall health dramatically.
3) Spicy food
Spicy food can result in acid reflux from your stomach and in a number of studies this has proven to increase the likelihood of snoring. If you’re unsure why you snore and like to indulge in an Indian takeaway a few times a week why not test the theory.
This is one of the most common causes of snoring. The more you weigh the more likely you are to snore. Even losing just a couple of pounds, if you are relatively trim, can have an impact on how often and how loudly you snore.
5) Sleeping position
If you’re prone to snoring, sleeping on your back is a bad idea. If you’re fed up of being jabbed in the ribs throughout the night by your partner, try to sleep on your side. Sew a tennis ball in to the back of your pyjamas is a sure way to prevent yourself from rolling over.
To avoid excess dust and other particles from building up and blocking the nasal passages, which results in our bodies creating swollen turbinates, it’s important to change your sheets at least once a week and vacuum regularly.
7) Find the cause
There are three main medical reasons behind snoring: a partially blocked nasal passage by an elongated and thick soft palate or a partially blocked airway behind the tongue. Unless you diagnose which of these are causing your snoring you will have no hope in correcting your night-time growls. Talk to your GP, and if they can’t help then seek the help of an ENT specialist.
8) Find the remedy
Once you know whether you are a nose, throat, palate or ‘combination’ snorer (a mixture of two or all three), then you can start trying to deal with your symptoms. Some over the counter products may help certain individuals, but obviously if you are a nose snorer, then you can avoid the throat spray.
Equally if you are a throat snorer, keep your hard earned cash away from the nasal strips!
9) Find a permanent solution
If you’ve tried everything but your snoring persists, don’t despair as there are treatments available that will stop it for good. A non-invasive laser treatment is available to help clear the airways on the soft palate in the throat and another laser technique which can help to open up the nasal passage.
Snoring: the cause of many rows and sleepless nights across the UK, where around a quarter of the population snore.
Ahead of Snoring Awareness Week, Dr Yves Kamami, ENT surgeon at the Private Clinic of Harley Street and expert in the causes of and treatments for snoring, is here to explain what makes you snore and how to fix it.
Now you – and any poor soul in the same vicinity – will sleep soundly.
We’re much more likely to snore if we’ve been on the drink. Alcohol relaxes the muscles of your tongue which can lead to the narrowing of the airways, ultimately resulting in snoring. Avoiding alcohol before going to bed could therefore lower your chances of snoring.
Smoking can enlarge some tissue in the nose, called the turbinates, which makes breathing harder; these side effects also increase the chances of snoring. Putting down the cigarettes won’t just improve yours and your partners night sleep, it will also significantly improve your overall health.
Spicy food can result in acid reflux from your stomach and in a number of studies this has proven to increase the likelihood of snoring. Try opting out of Indian takeaway night for a few weeks and see if you notice a difference.
Being overweight is one of the most common causes of snoring. The more you weigh, the more likely you are to snore. Losing just a few pounds, if you are relatively trim, can affect how often and loudly you snore.
If you snore, try not to sleep on your back. Sewing a tennis ball in to the back of your pyjamas is a sure way to prevent yourself from rolling over, reducing the nightly jab in the ribs from your cranky partner.
Change your sheets at least once a week and vacuum regularly to avoid excess dust and other particles from building up and blocking the nasal passages, which results in our bodies creating swollen turbinates.
Find The Cause
There are three main medical reasons behind snoring: a partially blocked nasal passage by an elongated and thick soft palate or a partially blocked airway behind the tongue. Unless you diagnose which of these are causing your snoring you will have no hope in correcting your night-time window-rattling. Talk to your GP, and if they can’t help then find an ENT specialist for advice.
Find The Right Remedy
Once you know whether you are a nose, throat, palate or ‘combination’ snorer (a mixture of two or all three), then you can start trying to deal with your symptoms. Some over the counter products may help certain individuals, but obviously if you are a nose snorer, then you can avoid the throat spray. Equally if you are a throat snorer, don’t invest in the nasal strips!
Find A Permanent Solution
If you’ve tried everything but your snoring persists, don’t despair, as there are treatments available that will stop it for good.
A non-invasive laser treatment is available to help clear the airways on the soft palate in the throat and another laser technique which can help to open up the nasal passage. With the airways cleared, snoring can stop altogether. The treatments are carried out under local anaesthetic and take less than half an hour to complete. Simple.
There are three types of sleep apnea, Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and Mixed Sleep Apnea ( i.e. both Central Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea).
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If you snore, first of all you should not rule out that you may suffer from a more serious health condition called sleep apnoea. It is more commonly known by the US spelling – apnea. People with sleep apnea actually stop breathing for brief periods of time (usually 10-20 seconds) whilst asleep.
Sleep apnea often results in feelings of excessive tiredness during the day and the ability to reach deep, restorative sleep stages is impaired. Other warning signs of sleep apnea are often noticed by bed partners and include loud snoring and making snorting or choking sounds at night.
All sleep apnea procedures are currently unavailable due to Covid 19 until September 2021. The Private Clinic is only interested in ensuring the safety of its patients and it is for this reason we believe that this type of operation should be delayed for now. If you have issues with snoring and you are interested in the snoring operation please contact us and we will be able to add your details to our waiting list where we will then contact you as soon as we start the procedure again.
There are three types of sleep apnea, Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and Mixed Sleep Apnea ( i.e. both Central Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea).
What is Central Sleep Apnea and what causes it?
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) occurs when the brain does not send the signal to breathe to the muscles related to our breathing.
This usually occurs in adults with heart disease, cerebrovascular diseases or congenital diseases but also can be caused by some medications and high altitudes. In adults with Central Sleep Apnea, the apneas are usually resolved by treating the underlying heart disease, medication interaction, high altitude, or other primary problem.
If you suffer from CSA you should visit your GP as soon as possible. Our treatments are aimed at reducing your snoring and will not be able to improve your condition in cases where Central Sleep Apnea is the diagnosis.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea and what causes it?
This is the most common category of sleep disordered breathing.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is estimated to affect 4% of men and 2% of women respectively. It is probably even more prevalent as the population is becoming more obese as obesity worsens Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
An Apnea event has four components.
1. First, the airway collapses.
2. Second, an effort is made to take a breath, but is unsuccessful.
3. Third, the oxygen level in the blood drops.
4. And when the amount of oxygen reaching the brain decreases, the brain signals the body to wake up and take a breath. (This is what the bed partner hears as a silence followed by a gasp for air.)
Airflow can become diminished for a variety of reasons:
- If a person has a deviated septum.
- If the palate and uvula (the piece of skin that hangs in the back of your throat) are long or floppy, they can fall backwards and close the area for breathing.
- The back of the tongue can also fall backwards and obstruct breathing especially when laying flat on your back.
- Finally the side walls of the throat can fall together to narrow or close the airway.
Please note that our treatments are aimed at reducing your snoring and freeing your airway and are suitable only in case of obstruction due to a blocked nose or an enlarged uvula.
What are the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea ?
Common symptoms include loud snoring, restless sleep, and sleepiness during the daytime. Sleep Apnea causes high blood pressure and sufferers have a 30% higher risk of heart attack. Unfortunately it is estimated that only 10% of people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea seek medical attention.
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What to Expect
Sleep Apnea can be a very serious condition. If you are a loud snorer, you may suffer from Sleep Apnea. At The Private Clinic, during your consultation, we will perform a medical assessment and will help you to complete an Epworth questionnaire to assess whether or not you may be suffering from sleep apnea and to assess the severity of your condition.
Some treatments involve lifestyle changes, such as avoiding alcohol or muscle relaxants, losing weight, quitting smoking or changing sleeping position. Some people require the use of a breathing machine called CPAP – continuous positive airway pressure. CPAP delivers the air through a nasal or face-mask under pressure. When adjusted properly and tolerated, it is nearly 100% effective in eliminating or reducing obstructive sleep apnea. Unfortunately only 60% of people with CPAP machines report that they use them and only 45% of them actually use them more than 4 hours per night. The use of CPAP mask can be impaired when a patient has nasal congestion or a septal deviation; it is important to have these evaluated since they can be treated (see above under surgical treatments). Another non-surgical method is a dental appliance to hold the jaw, keeps the tongue forward and holds the palate up thus preventing closure of the airway. This small increase in airway size sometimes is enough to control the apneas. A dental appliance requires natural teeth to fit properly and it must be worn every night. Finally many medications have been studied for obstructive sleep apnea; however, because obstructive sleep apnea is due to an anatomic airway narrowing, it has been difficult to find a medication that will help.
There are many surgical options to treat obstructive sleep apnea. The type of surgery that is chosen is dependent on an individual’s specific anatomy and severity of sleep apnea.
Prices for our snoring treatments start from £1,980, depending on the type of treatment. A consultation with our Ears Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon is £100
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Sleep Apnoea raises the risk of sudden cardiac arrest, according to a new long-term medical study.
The study leader said, “The presence and severity of sleep apnea are associated with a significantly increased risk of sudden cardiac death.” The new research was published yesterday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Sleep Apnoea is characterised by periods during sleep where you stop breathing and many sufferers and can be the ‘tipping point’ for many sufferers at risk of cardiac arrest.
There are three types of sleep apnoea (US spelling = apnea), Central Sleep Apnoea (CSA), Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), and Mixed Sleep Apnoea (both CSA & OSA).
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is the most common. In the UK, it is estimated that around 4% of middle-aged men and 2% of middle-aged women have OSA and the onset is most commonly at between 35-54 years of age. Most people with OSA snore loudly – potentially affecting their relationships as well as posing a considerable health risk.
As always, you should consult your GP first in order to assess your general health and how you can tackle the problem. Lifestyle changes could dramatically help you, like losing excess weight and not smoking. At The Private Clinic we have treatments aimed to reduce snoring and to free the airway. Please note only certain procedures will help for OSA and it is the only type of Sleep Apnoea we treat.
25% of the UK population suffer from a sleep disorder that often leads to excessive daytime sleepiness, impacting on your work and social life. Snoring, a symptom of Sleep Apnoea, is not just an unpleasant and distracting sound, it does pose a health risk and is often associated with unhealthy lifestyles.
The Private Clinic
We have our own Sleep Disorder Clinic at The Private Clinic which deals with snoring, snoring from sleep apnoea and blocked noses using the latest and most effective techniques, like LAUP (or Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty) which our team invented.
At a consultations our expert, Dr. Kamami, can establish the cause of your snoring and advise you on the more suitable procedure. Sleep Apnoea can be quite complicated and our medical team put your health first when deciding your suitability.
Find out more about how we can help you manage Sleep Apnoea: https://www.theprivateclinic.co.uk/treatments/sleep-apnea/
Find out more about our Snoring treatments: https://www.theprivateclinic.co.uk/treatments/snoring/
Find out about the study here: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/06/11/sleep-apnea-may-boost-risk-of-sudden-cardiac-death
Snoring treatments have more than just the ‘power’ to resolve it; they also seem to have the ‘power’ to confuse. Grand claims can often be just that as everyone clamours to be heard. Understanding your snoring and how it could be tied to your lifestyle is often the first step necessary for you to begin tackling the problem, which puts strain on your health and the people around you as it disturbs your own and their sleep. Surgery is, naturally, at the more intense end of the scale of treatments and is treated accordingly by our Clinic, with our experienced team at the forefront of their field.
1. Understand Why You Are Snoring & What Is and Isn’t Helping
Q. What causes snoring?
A. Snoring is caused by vibrations of soft tissue in your head and neck as you breathe in. The offending soft tissue in question could be: nasal passages; soft palate (layer of tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth); base of the tongue; tonsils (two small glands right at the back of the throat before the pharynx) and/or the uvula (a small cone-shaped section of tissue that hangs from the soft palate between your tonsils)
Q. Why do I snore?
A. There are a considerable number of factors involved in snoring. Some help to cause it; whilst others aggravate it. Alcohol consumption, being overweight, stuffy or blocked noses, some sedatives and smoking can all aggravate and increase snoring. Certainly maintaining a healthier lifestyle will improve your health dramatically but it could alleviate and stave away many conditions and problems – most notably your snoring.
2. Knowledge Is Power, Actions Help Too
Q. What shall I do first?
A. Consulting your GP is usually the first step for many conditions, which many don’t take. Snoring is no different. The internet has opened up a world of medical information to terrify us but overall we benefit from this openness as the doctor/patient divide narrows with better education. However, we must be careful. Sorting out what is information and what is misinformation is hard. Look for reputable sources, testimonials, experience, substantiated facts, engagement and the look and feel of a website. A polished, navigable and informative website is a good start.
Q. Is it really going to work?
A. As we have seen from the vast majority of our patients, buying over the counter devices and remedies for snoring are usually the first steps sufferers usually take. As our very own snoring specialist, Professor Kamami, points out, “most of my English patients have tried all these mouth guard devices (sold on internet), not custom made by the dentists, and they are coming for an ENT consultation after the failure of mouth devices.”
Naturally, their efficacy depends on the individual and how much discomfort and cost you are willing to put up with for your health. For those visiting our clinics, on the whole, these ‘solutions’ haven’t worked for them. So a next step is necessary.
3. The Private Clinic
Q. What do you offer?
A. At our clinic we offer 3 treatments: Laser treatment for unblocking the nose; Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) and Bipolar Radiofrequency Thermotherapy (RFITT). Our LAUP procedure was pioneered by Professor Kamami, who explains, “LAUP is practiced all over the world with the FDA approval since 1993 and most of ENT scientific societies are recommending it.”
In the initial consultation you will be assessed and if suitable the right procedure will be explained and recommended to you. If your tongue is causing the snoring, then our treatments will not be suitable. We have plenty more information on our website to help you understand the treatments. Unlike reports, the procedures do not result in voice changes, which occurs infrequently with the UPPP procedure.
Q. Is the treatment painful?
A. The treatments aren’t painful, as they are performed under local anaesthetic, but there is a degree of discomfort. However the procedures are quick so the discomfort does not last for long. The procedures themselves will typically result in a sore throat feeling for a couple of weeks, requiring painkillers. Aside from that there are very few associated side effects from the procedure. After surgery, if you gain weight, the added weight will put added pressure on your airways, increasingly the likelihood of different types of snoring.
The Right Treatment for You
Tackling snoring requires understanding the individual. It is also important to keep in mind our treatments are not panaceas for everyone. Having tried many of the over the counter solutions available and spoken to their GPs, patients come to The Private Clinic understanding that we offer specific medical solutions to snoring but we still turn away 40% of consultations after offering advice. If you believe our snoring treatments could help you, book a consultation with our clinic: https://www.theprivateclinic.co.uk/treatments/snoring/