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

Chin Straps for Snoring? Safe, Effective or Dangerous? [2018]

Using video, X-ray images & diagrams, I provide an expert technical review of chin straps and their underlying concept. I explain why (with 1 exception) most chin straps are dangerous, because they may collapse your airway. I explain the options to stop snoring, treat obstructive sleep apnoea/apnea (OSA).

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Why can’t I say ‘FAT’?

FAT. There it is, I’ve said it. Yet, the word ‘fat’ is such a divisive word, it carries such stigma, that it has become a word you can’t say out loud. In this post, Adrian discusses the rise of PC culture and the corresponding rise of obesity. Are they inevitably intertwined?

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My Adventure into Sleeping Better and More

Sleep Better - Feel Better The tips of this page are based on my personal 'adventure' into how I recently (with some evidence from using an ApneaLink and a NightShift) improved my sleep quality and duration, by applying the knowledge that I have gained through working...

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Updated NICE Guidelines for Sleep Apnoea

In my view improving NHS provision and fast tracking certain individuals, at this time of austerity, has for any rational person to be considered at best, highly unrealistic. At Snorer.com we applaud the intent behind the 2015 updated NICE Guidelines for Obstructive...

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Do You or Your Partner Snore? READ ME

Do you or your partner snore? Its not great. Don’t despair, I’ve helped thousands of couples stop snoring and WAKE UP to a happier, brighter, more alert day. I vehemently believe in working with medical and dental professionals and NOT self-diagnosing/self-treating.

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New website live today 25 Nov 14

Check out our new website! 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 do... Related I Hate Instant Snoring Cures - they do more harm than good Chinstraps...

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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 arbitrarily ruling out obstructive sleep apnoea) and then electing to self-fit an oral appliance ('mouthpiece' or 'gumshield'), as...

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BBC “Trust me – I’m a Doctor” – Screening

BBC “Trust me – I’m a Doctor”. Screening for symptoms of sleep apnoea/apnea (OSA) permits early detection and this confers an advantage. For OSA it is possible to recognise those that will develop the disease and those that won’t. Effective therapies exist for both snoring and sleep apnoea/apnea.

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Collaborator for ASAP(sm)

We invented the ASAP Anonymous Sleep Apnea Process℠ to help snorers get checked out for sleep apnoea - without risk to their job. For ASAP℠ to work as intended, Snorer.com needs an expert home sleep testing collaborator and we are truly delighted to say...

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We are GO ! Welcome to Snorer.com

That was really good to type! We have worked so long to create the content of the guides, develop the website and build the business relationships to make our ideas reality. It feels really good to go live and show the world. So whats it all...

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Here we go! Build up to going LIVE!

We're getting really excited and find ourselves checking, rechecking and checking again. The plan is to go live at the end of August (so when you read this you will see how nervous and excited we were!). Final work now by our clever IT man and...

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Working away… Tired but I’m Not Stopping

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 and expert folks who will see this (I hope!) when the site...

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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...

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Sleep Apnoea and Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Sleep apnoea and rheumatoid arthritis?An interesting story has been covered in the Daily Mail about some Taiwanese research into sleep apnoea and arthritis.Despite the scary headline, only 2.91% of 'heavy snorers' went on to develop rheumatoid arthritis so...

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Health Informatics – What’s that about?

Why is Health Informatics (HI) of any interest? Chronic diseases are projected to be the leading cause of disability and most expensive problem for healthcare systems (World Health Organisation, 2002). Long-term monitoring of the individual patient’s condition and how...

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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...

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Do you need a Digital Detox?

Do you need to 'unplug'? Knock knock Neo! Are you glued to your iPhone or Android, 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 are a...

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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...

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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...

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A 3rd Category of Oral Appliance for Sleep?

Custom-made and universal 'One-Size-Fits-All' oral appliances comprise I believe two categories of oral appliance for snoring and sleep apnoea. On my June 2011 trip to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) meeting in Minneapolis, I enjoyed a glass with...

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Sleep in the News

Ed Miliband diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea In a startling breach of medical data confidentiality, I read about how Ed Miliband MP was diagnosed with OSA. Tempting as it is to conjure up a more dramatic headline about the Labour party and Sleep......

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Take life in your stride – Sleep More!

Take life in your stride - sleep moreThe effects of inadequate sleep, brought about through insomnia, sleep apnoea or your partner's snoring has recently been highlighted in the Daily Mail. The author focuses on insufficient sleep and its impact on his own mood but...

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Artificial lights that help you sleep?

Melatonin is thought to play an important role in regulating your circadian rhythm. Following on the previous theme of 'light temperature', melatonin, sleep and the impact of this on your health. It seems that artificial light sources that produce a warm...

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Artificial light, melatonin and now cancer!

Following on from my January blog post 'TV makes you Fat?' where I explored the link between artificial light, melatonin and obesity, another perspective - cancer - has been recently highlighted by the Daily Telegraph as a downside. Bluer (is that a word?) light waves...

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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)...

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Getting Fat from Sitting Still?

Stand up, move more, more often It seems that going to the gym each day is only one part of becoming generally more active if you want to keep the weight off and the heart risk down. I picked up on this as it relates to the last post about how TV makes you...

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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....

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Sleep and Obesity – Again

The often repeated story of a caloried controlled diet, together with exercise to achieve weight loss, now has a new twist. Getting enough sleep has been proven to impact on the amount of actual fat reduction - as opposed to losing fat and muscle mass. The...

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Sleeping pill users may DIE more early!

Not a headline, that if you struggle getting off to sleep, you want to read! So, what's the basis for it? A 2014 published Canadian study of 12000 people, by Dr Belleville (published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry), took into account factors like...

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Can you ‘coach yourself’ to sleep better?

Does Coaching Yourself to Sleep Better Appeal? 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...

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Sleep and heart risk

Sleep and heart risk Like 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...

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Tart cherry juice may reduce insomnia

Tart cherry juice may reduce insomnia For some time now we have known that melatonin plays an important role regulating the sleep-wake cycle. Some pharmaceutical companies have rushed to produce melatonin supplements and mixed results have been shown in...

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Sleep and prospective memory

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

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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, Obesity and Diabetes

More on the worrying trio of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, Obesity and Diabetes  Sleeping badly or just not sleeping enough - even for just one night - reduces insulin sensitivity, according to recent research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology...

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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...

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Chocolate as brain food?

Chocolate as Brain Food? The argument FOR dark chocolate - 150mg a day (corrected from 150 grams) is supported by a recent blog entry for 'Stop Aging Now'. It would appear that dark chocolate high in flavanols improves blood flow to the brain. Which would...

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