Snoring - Killing Your Relationships and Maybe You?

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With family and friends gathering for the holidays - snorers can get help

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If you snore, not only could you be depriving yourself and others from restful sleep, you could very likely be suffering from Hypertension and Obstructive Sleep Apnea - debilitating conditions that can have serious impacts on your health and daily life

A Silent Night? For family, friends and co-workers of someone who snores, silence is something they can only dream about. Families and friends are gathering for the holidays, the snorers should know about not only the disruption they can cause, but the health effects on themselves and others.

Snoring can be a major issue in relationships, causing partners to lose sleep and eventually use another bedroom to escape the disruption. Heavy snorers can also face social problems, feeling reluctant to visit friends and relatives overnight, vacationing and even staying awake on long flights to avoid public notice. The social problems of snoring have been noted in many group-sleeping arrangements, such as the military, where Army barracks and Naval ships can be so loud at night everyone loses restorative sleep.

"If you snore, not only could you be depriving yourself and others from restful sleep, you could very likely be suffering from Hypertension and Obstructive Sleep Apnea - debilitating conditions that can have serious impacts on your health and daily life," said Hally Hofmeyr, Ethics International.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is defined as a sleep and breathing disorder that blocks the airway and stops breathing while sleeping. By blocking the airway, snorers deprive their body of oxygen repeatedly during sleep. This can lead to serious health impacts that can include high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, impotency, diabetes and reduced mental function.

Experts warn snoring's impact is widely felt. Problem is, snoring problems can sound like a joke complaint. However, it is no joke: besides the health risks, snoring has been known to destroy relationships. When a partner is sleep deprived, they can be irritable, irrational, and chronically fatigued - leading to inability to function effectively socially and at work, and becoming physically ill.

So what can people do to silence those snores, and prevent sleep apnea? Snoring is often an indicator of OSA, so treating the snoring can also treat OSA - saving relationships and saving lives.

For some people, lifestyle changes can help in treating snoring and OSA. Extra weight, smoking, alcohol use and exercise are often prevalent in diagnosed patients. However the majority who are undiagnosed are often generally healthy and can only report fatigue, daytime sleepiness or other health problems that a doctor may diagnose as stress, or another disorder. Those concerned should seek advice from their doctor.

Snorers may be advised to seek a solution ranging from surgery, customized dental devices to cpap. A new item on the market - the AveoTSD - is a small tongue stabilizing device that can fit in the pocket. This is an effective and proven solution to social and personal wellness.

The evidence seems clear -- treating snoring stops family and social sleep disruption and the potential health effects of OSA. Check out a treatment option that is inexpensive, effective and unobtrusive: http://www.aveosleep.ca

For information, contact:

Hally Hofmeyr

Ethics International Business and Trade

152 Dallas Road

Victoria, B.C. V8V 1A3

Canada

1-866-440-AVEO (2836)

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