Top Sante - Somnilase: 10 ways to stop snoring according to the experts
Does your snoring (or your partner’s!) keep the whole household awake? If snoring is getting you down, read on for some expert advice on why we snore, plus the best things you can do to stop snoring fast.
Why do we snore?
Snoring is caused by the vibration of weakened pharyngeal muscles and the consequent narrowing of the upper airways. The soft palate and the uvula begin to flutter due to the exchange of air during breathing. ‘People who are overweight or obese are more likely to snore or have obstructive sleep apnoea, which is when your breathing stops and starts while you sleep. The most common type is called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA),’ says leading snoring specialist, Dr Nathan Holt from Cambridge Laser Clinic. ‘This is largely due to the fact that overweight people have more neck fat, which compresses the upper airway when they lay down, thus making snoring more likely. ‘Extra weight around the middle and chest also exacerbates snoring and sleep apnoea. This is because the fat in these areas pushes the diaphragm and compresses the ribs, effectively shrinking the volume of the lungs.’
Dr Holt mentions that it’s important not to underestimate the effect of snoring on the mental and physical health of the individual and their family. ‘There are different types of snoring: nasal snoring occurs when something is blocking the nasal passages, mouth snoring also occurs when the nasal passages are blocked and causes you to breathe through your mouth when asleep, and tongue snoring is usually identified by inconsistent, high-pitched sounds,’ says Dr Holt.
10. Consider Somnilase to stop severe snoring
If your snoring is really bad, take a look at new treatment Somnilase (£550 per session). It strengthens the structure of your soft palate and uvula, making it more stable during breathing and giving it greater resistance to airflow at night. The procedure is non-surgical, takes around 15 minutes, utilises laser technology and is virtually pain-free. You can expect to see results as soon as the next day. It’s currently not available on the NHS, but you can find it at a number of medical clinics across the UK.