Snorer.com blog

Sleep and confidentiality themed blog by Adrian Zacher. He tweets @snorerdotcom #snorercom

Stop Worrying About Offending Obese Patients

Following my Why can't I say FAT? post, I was delighted to hear of a recent study in Oxford, that suggests GPs should proactively raise the topic of weight loss with obese patients.   Professor Arroll from New Zealand, who wrote an editorial about the research, says...

Why can’t I say ‘FAT’?

The 3 letter 'F' word Fat. There it is, I’ve said it. Yet, the 'F' word is so divisive, it carries such stigma, that it has become a word you can’t say out loud. You might even feel uncomfortable using words like ‘large’ or ‘overweight’ if asked to describe someone,...

New website live today 25 Nov 14

Check out our new website! https://snorer.com Lots of new content and a bright, fresh design. Really hope you like it and that it communicates what we do now and what we intend to...

Worried about the impact a diagnosis of sleep apnoea could have on your job?

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Anonymous sleep testing – what’s the idea?

If you snore or your partner does - you are no doubt overwhelmed with information. Some of it good and some less so. We think you need help - so we set about providing it. Worried about the impact a diagnosis of sleep apnoea could have on your job? If you are sleepy...

Google+ debate about Mouthpieces to stop Snoring

Today, (23 Oct 13) we started a debate on Google+ about the contentious area of self diagnosis of 'snoring' (individuals ruling out obstructive sleep apnoea) and then electing to self fit an oral appliance ('mouthpiece' or 'gumshield'), as their 'treatment'. This one...

Riding the sleep train

This week, I had to be in London for an early morning meeting. I took the "Oh my God its early" train at 6.30AM and found a seat amongst the regular, early morning commuters. After I got settled, I noticed most of the largely male travellers, were eyes closed and...

Working away…

It seems that I have been working on Snorer.com forever! But now finally, I can see it taking shape and with some excellent help it is becoming a reality. So, this is a post to embarrass 😮 the kind folks who will see this (I hope!) when the site goes live. Yes, I do...

“Is perhaps the next way for Governments desperate to prop up failing economies a caffeine tax?”

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Taxing your Latte – a Caffeine Tax?

Are high caffeine drinks the symptom or cause of our short sleeping overtired population? While sipping a new thing to me, a Caramel Machiato (bit too sweet for me), and enjoying the 'Cafe Culture', I looked around me and a thought occurred to me. "Is perhaps the next...

“A cross between jet lag and a hangover”

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Sleep deprived new Dad

Its been some time since I blogged... I am now a very happy, proud and exhausted (relatively) new Dad. My son is about 5 months old. For the last 7 months, my wife and I have had disturbed sleep. The last two months of her pregnancy she was so uncomfortable that she...

Sleep Apnoea – the Final Frontier?

Currently, the most common, valid treatment option for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is positive airway pressure therapy (PAP). There is however no getting away from it, PAP is not sexy and although it is undeniably effective many find it an arduous therapy to adhere...

Do you need a digital detox?

Do you need a digital detox - need to 'unplug'?Are you glued to your iPhone or Blackberry, do you have to check your email before bed and first thing in the morning? Are your kids texting throughout the night or perhaps you have a TV in your bedroom? Or perhaps you...

Movember

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that...

Sleepless in Minneapolis

Last week, I had the privilege of attending both the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine meeting and the Associated Professional Sleep Societies meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was very good to see old faces and new and follow the developments in...

Sleep in the News

Ed Miliband diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea Tempting as it is to conjure up a more dramatic headline about the Labour party and Sleep... I will confine myself to merely pointing out that Ed Milliband is in the news as apparently having obstructive sleep...

It’s not great.

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Trying to get help to stop snoring
– its not great

I was talking to a friend about this so it might appear a bit like a rant... but here goes....I believe that snorers and their partners need valid information in a timely fashion and that most start off with a low-cost snoring device bought online or some nasal spray...

Mail Online tells it like it is?

Mail Online tells it like it is?Yes, I know its hard to believe but.... in an article published today a variety of High Street available supposed 'sleep aids' have been expert reviewed (Prof Jim Horne, Sleep Research Centre, Loughborough University, UK) and the...

TV makes you FAT?

Does TV make you fat? Across the Western world we have an obesity epidemic. Every night these same people stare at a TV or computer monitor. It could be that the light emitted by the TV disrupts sleep and hormone regulation making us more susceptible to weight gain....

A new therapy for sleep apnoea?Now if you believe the hype on the website, there has been an 'evolutionary jump' in sleep apnoea treatment. Quite what the new species looks like, how it differs from established therapies and what it adds, is not clear.While progress...

Happy Holiday drinks?

Happy Holidays!Its that time of year again - the season of good will and over indulgence - and the hangover in the morning (never mind the mountain of washing up!).So, why do we feel so bad after a few too many drinks? Well, according to Kate Hilpern writing in the...

Owl or a Lark – it’s all in the genes

Owl or a Lark - it's all in the genesIt is old news that people may feel they function better at one end of the day or another. However, why people appear to require differing total amounts of time asleep and perhaps more importantly how to identify those individuals...

Can you ‘coach yourself’ to sleep better?

Can you 'coach yourself' to sleep better?An interesting new product has been launched: The Zeo Personal Sleep Coach. This product, through a headband and a wireless link, somehow monitors your sleep stages and records them for later display and personal analysis via a...

Sleep and heart risk

Sleep and heart riskLike so many things that seem common knowledge yet have to be researched and proven to be the case for anything to be done about it, some recent research has proven that not breathing is bad for your heart!So then, it is with no sense of a great...

Sleep and prospective memory

Sleep and prospective memoryAn interesting story ran recently in the Daily Telegraph (which is still free to read online...) in it the researcher, a psychologist named Dr Mark McDaniel details how 'prospective memory' is improved by sleep. Prospective memory according...

if someone is in high office and they react to a crisis by not sleeping then that will impact on their decision -making…” 

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Political decision making and the siesta

Political decision making and the siestaAccording to Judith Woods in 5th May's Telegraph an afternoon siesta was good enough for Churchill - and George Bush had a regular 9pm bedtime. This would appear to be good anecdotal evidence that historically leaders valued...

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