According to the information on NHS choices, ‘as many as one in four people in England snore regularly. Snoring can affect people of all ages, although it's more common in adults aged 40-60. Twice as many men than women snore.’
If this sounds familiar and you’re currently trying to stay awake because of another interrupted night’s sleep, read on!
Visiting the dentist may not be the first place people affected by snoring may think of going for help, but oral snore guards or more correctly Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD), can significantly help with 'tongue based' snoring.
These devices work by moving the lower jaw (mandible) forward and holding it there during sleep. This pulls the tongue away from the back of the throat and soft palate and helps maintain a more open airway.
Snore guards can also help to prevent Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) – a condition that approximately 4% of middle-aged men and 2% of middle-aged women in the UK are believed to suffer with.
The NHS describes OSA as ‘when the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing. During an episode, the lack of oxygen triggers your brain to pull you out of deep sleep – either to a lighter sleep or to wakefulness – so your airway reopens and you can breathe normally.’
Illume owner Tim Rumney, says, “Snoring and Sleep Apnoea can be delicate subjects as it’s not only the snorer that suffers, it’s also their partner! However, once it has been established that there is a problem it is very easy for the person with the issue to seek help and the majority, approximately 75%, experience an immediate improvement.”
Illume offers two types of snore guards – Somnowell and Sleepwell by S4S (Solutions 4 Snoring). Both are custom made to fit each person’s mouth, offering slightly different mechanisms to advance the lower jaw. The fees for custom made snore guards start from £390 and represent a valuable investment towards a good night’s sleep for both snorers and their partners.
“People can buy off-the-shelf devices which can be useful for trialling a snore guard to see if it makes a difference, but if you do decide that this works we would always recommend using a guard that has been specifically made to fit your own mouth as it will be more comfortable, effective and healthier for the mouth,” continues Tim.
There are currently around 115,000 people living in Cheltenham which means a potential 28,750 people could be snorers! If one of these is you or your partner, find out more about snore guards from Illume or contact us now to discuss how we might be able to help.