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Snorers advised: Go to a dentist to save your marriage

Added: (Mon Sep 05 2005)

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A nationwide research survey published today shows that British snorers are facing family tension, break up of relationships and do not know where to go to get an effective treatment for their condition.

This independent study is the first of its kind in the UK was conducted for www.solutions4snoring.com amongst 1,000 men and women, by VAR International, the London research organisation, to discover how much snorers and their partners know about treating the condition which affects over 30 million people in the UK.

The researchers found that one in five people questioned blamed snoring for the break up of relationships and one in ten of the respondents affected by snoring are now divorced.

When asked about the cause of snoring, 54% said ‘sleeping on your back’ and 53% said ‘blocked airways’ and the most popular treatments were ‘changing your sleeping position’ (38%), ‘wearing a nose clip’ (21%) and 13% would resort to surgery.

For advice and help on their snoring problem, 86% would go to their local doctor, 75% to an ear, nose and throat specialist; 19% to a pharmacist; 17% would surf the Internet; 14% to a fellow snorer; 12% would see a hypnotist and only 7% would visit their dentist.

The research has also shown that more than one third of snorers (35%) do not think there is an effective treatment available to them. Those questioned who are not affected by snoring were slightly more positive as 25% believed that there is effective treatments available to snorers.

Dr Ama Johal, a leading authority on the use of mandibular advancement therapy in the management of snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea at the Institute of Dentistry, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, said, “These findings are important because they identify that snorers are, in fact, largely unaware as to the latest treatments for snoring and sleep disorders, and more importantly how to obtain help”.

Dr Johal continues, “Many people don’t realise that a number of dentists have now undergone a certified training course with Solutions 4 Snoring to assess snorers and if appropriate prescribe and fit them with a customised mouth piece that can successfully address their snoring problem and permit them to breath freely whilst asleep”.

Dr Johal has trained more than 300 dental practitioners to understand sleep-related breathing disorders and to treat snorers where appropriate with a ‘Sleepwell’™, exclusively made by Solutions 4 Snoring Ltd, a specialist UK company dedicated to the construction of mandibular advancement splint therapy.

‘Sleepwell’™ was developed in Australia and is the most clinically proven mandibular advancement splint of its kind internationally. This independent research was conducted by Dr Maree Barnes of The Institute of Breathing and Sleep & co - researchers, Australia. In these trials over 95% of simple snorers were successfully treated with ‘Sleepwell’.

Snorers or those affected by snoring should log onto www.solutions4snoring.com or call 0870 720 2170 to find out if ‘Sleepwell’ could help them, for more information and details of where to find their nearest S4S trained dentist.

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Notes to Editors and Health Correspondents

Solutions 4 Snoring is committed to improving the quality of life for snorers and the people who suffer with them. S4S offer advice to dentists and patients, hold educational seminars, and have a programme of continuous research and development of new treatments.

The clinical trials data can be found at www.solutions4snoring.com

• The material to make Sleepwell is specially designed to give an ultimate fit whilst being comfortable to the snorer.
• Sleepwell is fully adjustable negating the need for further dental visits. Should the snorer need to modify their Sleepwell they can simply adjust with the key provided.
• Sleepwell is also designed to allow the mouth to be closed alleviating the dry lips and any salivation associated with some other mouth guards.
• High levels of patient comfort meant that during clinical trials over 98% of patients found Sleepwell ‘acceptable’.



For all media enquiries, case studies of snorers treated with Sleepwell or an interview with Dr Ama Johal, please contact Debbie Colton or Ailsa Macfarlane at IncrediBull Ideas on 020 7940 3800 or email debbie.colton@incredibullideas.com or ailsa.macfarlane@incredibullideas.com

For further information on Solutions 4 Snoring, makers of Sleepwell, the most extensively clinically proven mandibular advancement splint in the UK, please log onto www.solutions4snoring.com.


Other findings of the VAR study included:

BACKGROUND

National survey stats

1. 50 male: 50 female
2. 55% males surveyed have snoring problems to 45% females


Widespread views on the cause of snoring

The Top 5 reasons people (total sample) attributed to snoring were
• Sleeping on your back (54%)
• Having your airway blocked (53%)
• Being overweight (52%)
• Having your mouth open (28%)
• Having a cold (22%).

• 68% believed that snoring could be treated effectively


The top three antidotes to snoring problems
• Changing your sleeping position (38%)
• Wearing a nose clip (21%)
• Having surgery (13%)


Public recommending dentists
• 78% are positive towards recommending to see a dentist
• 73% accepted that the device can only be fitted by a dentist


Health problems – snoring causes
• Tension in relationships (51%)
• Reduced energy (40%)
• Elevated stress levels (38%)
• Increased risks from driving while tired (20%)
• Elevated blood pressure (15%)
• Headaches (15%)

Age
• Over 45 years – 45% of this age group are snorers
• 35-44 age groups have highest snoring problems (31%)
• 25-34 – over 1 in 5 are snorers (22%)


Marital status
• Nearly half of married couple experience snoring
• 1 in 10 divorced people are snorers




REGIONAL BREAKDOWN

Scotland – 5% of stats breakdown population

50% male experienced snoring
50% female experienced snoring


Age
• 35-44 years have experience snoring personally - 31% of. Similar to UK average of 32%
• 25-34 – over 1 in 4 are snorers (26%), which is higher than UK average of 1 in 4 (22%)
• 45-54 – 19% are snorers compared to UK figure of 22%

Marital status
• Married snorers – 42% compared to 49% UK
• Co –habiting couples – 19% compared to 18%
• Scottish Singles – 35% compared to 24% of UK
• Divorced – 4% compared to 8% UK


Health problems – snoring causes
• Tension in relationships (56%) UK is 51%
• Reduced energy (44%) UK is 40%
• Elevated stress levels (28%) UK is 38%
• Increased risks from driving while tired (28%) UK is 20%
• Increased risk of cardiac problems (28%) UK is 11%
• Headaches (12%) UK is 15%
• Elevated blood pressure (10%) UK is 15%


Who would you to if you or your partner had a problem with snoring?
• Ear, nose and throat specialist (84%) compared to UK (77%)
• Local doctor (76%) compared to UK (83%)
• Pharmacist (16%) compared to UK (19%)
• Other snoring sufferer (16%) compared to UK (14%)
• The internet (16%) compared to UK (17%)
• Dentist (10%) compared to UK (7%)
• Orthopaedic bed retailer (8%) compared to (8%)
• Hypnotist (6%) compared to (12%)


Widespread views on the cause of snoring
The top 5 Scottish causes attributed to snoring were:
• Being Overweight (52%)
• Having your airway blocked (48%)
• Sleeping on your back (40%)
• Having a cold (26%)
• Smoking (24%)

The Top 5 UK reasons people (total sample) attributed to snoring were
• Sleeping on your back (54%)
• Having your airway blocked (53%)
• Being overweight (52%)
• Having your mouth open (28%)
• Having a cold (22%)


The top three antidotes to snoring problems
The top 3 Scottish antidotes were
• Changing your sleeping position (34) compared to UK (34%)
• Wearing a nose clip (22%) compared to UK (21%)
• Having surgery (12% compared to UK (13%)



Wales – 5% of stats breakdown population

51% male experienced snoring
49% female experienced snoring


Age
• 25-34 – over 1 in 4 are snorers (46%), which is double the UK average of 1 in 4 (22%)
• 35-44 years have experience snoring personally – (32%). Same as UK average of 32%
• 45-54 – 11% are snorers compared to UK figure of 22%

Marital status
• Married snorers – 46% compared to 49% UK
• Co –habiting couples – 21% compared to 18%
• Welsh Singles – 21% compared to 24% of UK
• Divorced – 11% compared to 8% UK


Health problems – snoring causes
• Tension in relationships (43%) UK is 51%
• Reduced energy (39%) UK is 40%
• Elevated stress levels (31%) UK is 38%
• Increased risks from driving while tired (16%) UK is 20%
• Increased risk of cardiac problems (8%) UK is 11%
• Headaches (16%) UK is 15%
• Elevated blood pressure (14%) UK is 15%


Who would you to if you or your partner had a problem with snoring?
• Local doctor (78%) compared to UK (83%)
• Ear, nose and throat specialist (67%) compared to UK (77%)
• The internet (25%) compared to UK (17%)
• Other snoring sufferer (16%) compared to UK (14%)
• Dentist (12%) compared to UK (7%)
• Pharmacist (12%) compared to UK (19%)
• Hypnotist (10%) compared to (12%)
• Orthopaedic bed retailer (8%) compared to (8%)


Widespread views on the cause of snoring
The Top 5 Welsh reasons attributed to snoring were
• Sleeping on your back (71%) compared to UK (54%)
• Having your airway blocked (53%) compared to UK (53%)
• Being overweight (51%) compared to UK (52%)
• Having your mouth open (29%) compared to UK (28%)
• Having a cold (18%) compared to UK (22%)


The top three antidotes to snoring problems
The top 3 Scottish antidotes were
• Changing your sleeping position (45%) compared to UK (34%)
• Wearing a nose clip (18%) compared to UK (21%)
• Having surgery (12% compared to UK (13%)


Submitted by:Ailsa Macfarlane
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