National Stop Snoring Week
National Stop Snoring Week is the annual event promoting general awareness that nobody need suffer as a result of snoring: it is a condition that can be treated.
Leading this year's National Stop Snoring Week the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association (BSSAA) is helping an estimated 20 million partners of snorers who do not get a good night's sleep. Through a structured programme the health, daytime functioning and relationships of all these people are set to improve.
We will be discussing the main causes of snoring and sleep apnoea and why many of them are inherited and run in families.
- Press release (Feb 2015)
Obesity, head & facial shape, upper airway anatomy, and neurological control of breathing are inherited and are often the cause of snoring and sleep apnoea.
During the week we hope to distinguish inherited traits that pre-dispose to snoring from those lifestyle factors that contribute to snoring.
If you belong to a family of snorers or have sleep apnoea (2 or more generations) and would like to tell us your story please get in touch.
Telephone Marianne Davey on 01737 245638 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about National Stop Snoring 2012 please contact Marianne or call 01737 245638. Press packs will be available from the 1st of April. Sponsorship opportunities will also be available.
Celebrity Doctor Rob Hicks supported National Stop Snoring Week 2011 and explained how serious snoring can be. A survey in April of 1616 respondents found that snoring is causing damage to relationships across the UK; 75% of UK couples are spending nights in separate rooms, causing embarrassment and distance between partners.
We conducted a survey of over 2,500 respondents and found that three quarters of all snorers feel embarrassed about their condition. Female snorers are more self-conscious about the problem than men and are less likely to seek help. It was also found that snorers can take up to 18 years before they solve their snoring problem.
We discussed the physical and psychological effects that snoring has on both snorers and their bed partners. Research revealed that 97% of bed partners suffer from chronic sleep deprivation as they are prevented from getting to sleep and are constantly woken during the night. Conditions such as lack of concentration and motivation, anxiety, depression, irritability and being argumentative were more apparent in bed partners of snorers than those of non-snorers. Press release.
From a study of nearly 3000 participants we found that snorers were 3 times more likely to suffer the adverse health conditions of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high cholesterol and nearly 4 times more likely to suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness than their non-snoring counterparts. Press release (pdf).
In response to a questionnaire to discover if Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) therapy is as good as we expected, 67% of our respondents said it had stopped them snoring and 69% of them said the benefits of the therapy far outweighed any disadvantages. Press release.
In response to a questionnaire to discover whether snoring has an adverse effect on a couple's sexual relationship, more than 60% of respondents said they would make love more often if they or their partner stopped snoring. Press release (pdf).
A survey we conducted found that 52% of respondents had their holiday adversely affected by snoring. 58% avoid sharing a room with a snorer, and in particular avoid caravan, camping or coach holidays. They even avoid taking long flights with a snorer. Press release (pdf).
Issues discussed included social aspects of sleep deprivation, guilt issues of the snorer, disruption to household, sleepy drivers & work and sleepiness. Press release (pdf).