The annual National Stop Snoring Week begins on Monday April 28, 2014 and the theme this year will be: Stop snoring - a sensible approach to successful treatment. The aim of the week, as always, is to inform the public about snoring and sleep apnoea and about ways to get help. More than 200 large companies, hospitals, GP surgeries, libraries, health centres and other charities will be participating.
Throughout the week, experts from the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association (BSSAA) will be appearing on local BBC radio stations and in articles across a variety of publications to address the simplest of worries for snorers: "I've tried everything, but nothing works".
Marianne Davey, MSc, director the BSSAA, said: "We will be using National Stop Snoring Week this year to make it clear that there is no single, universal remedy for snoring. We'll explain how snoring is an individual problem and why different types of snoring need different treatments. And we'll be commenting on the current recommended clinically proven treatments and revealing - perhaps controversially - the very many popular items that actually have no place in the treatment of snoring.
"We'll be discussing the importance of finding the cause of the snoring before trying to treat it, how to go about getting the right treatment and how to avoid the pitfalls of buying products that have no value."
The BSSAA will also be launching its own novel treatment aimed at individuals whose snoring is caused by 'mouth breathing': people who sleep and breath with their mouth open, which is perhaps the most common basis for snoring and is not only noisy but also unhealthy, leading to bad breathe, decaying teeth and much more.
Marianne Davey explained: "To stop mouth breathers from snoring it is necessary to keep the mouth from dropping open. There are simple mouth guards already on the market, designed to keep the mouth closed, as well as the Chin Up Strip, a 'smiley' shaped micro-pore fabric that fixes around the bottom of the chin to prevent it from dropping open. But the BSSAA is currently trialling a new device with very encouraging results, which we'll be revealing during National Stop Snoring Week."
National Stop Snoring Week runs throughout the UK from Monday April 28 to Friday May 2, 2014.
Notes for editors
British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association (BSSAA) is a not for profit charitable organisation helping people to get a better night's sleep.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is defined as the cessation of airflow at the nose and mouth during sleep due to an obstruction in the upper airway.
For further information about National Stop Snoring Week and the BSSAA, please contact
Marianne Davey, director
The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association (BSSAA)
Tel: 01737 245638 / 07930 355993