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Get the Facts on Snoring

Most snorers are blissfully unaware of the effect they have on their bed-partners or others in the same house. While snoring is often seen as a joke it is a serious sleep disorder. Snoring means disturbed sleep and reduced airflow throughout the night, which can lead to other life-threatening health problems.

Snoring can lead to breakdowns in relationships, excessive daytime sleepiness, and affect the sufferer’s ability to function during the day.


What causes snoring?

During waking hours an open airway allows air to flow and we breathe easily. When we sleep the muscles in the throat relax which can cause the airway to narrow. Airflow can become turbulent, causing the airway to vibrate, resulting in snoring. Watch our video here:

Why do we snore?

Snoring is often associated with a serious sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) which if left untreated, can have further impacts on health. Watch our video here:

What is OSA?

If you or your bed partner have any of the symptoms of OSA, you should consult your GP or one of our Centres for Healthy Sleep for screening or further testing before trying to self-treat. You can find our contact details here.

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