The Snoring Orchestra

The most unlikely Christmas song could well be blaring out of your stereo this festive season. It’s not a novelty record or an all star charity song, its something rather different.

This year musicians have asked snores from all over the country to recorded their snoring and submit it to create a new festive ‘song’.

Then thanks to some very clever studio trickery and editing the nations nighttime rumblings were put together to create a new and ironic version of Silent Night quite unlike any other version you have heard before.

While it is a classic Christmas song and those who lent there vocal attributes to the record are no doubt proud it is unlike to make a cherished Christmas gift. In fact for a truly harmonious Christmas, it’s best not to play it that often, if at all!

While the idea may seem a bit of silly Christmas fun, there is a more serious purpose behind this. The record was designed to highlight the problem of snoring, which is said to affect around 15 million people in the UK alone.

If you’re loved one is a snorer and you are looking for a snoring related Christmas gift and have an iPhone then look no further than a new snoring app. The app is designed to analyse and then offer advice to the user as to whether or not surgery may be required. The app does this by recording the snoring and then comparing it to a list of pre-recorded snores.

Snoring – the not so silent killer

Millions of us suffer from heavy snoring. But how many realise that this could be a symptom of a potentially fatal medical condition called sleep apnea. Recent statistics suggest that up to 3.6 million people in the UK could be suffering from sleep apnea. This is a sleeping disorder that consists of brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. This is caused when the muscles in the mouth, throat and nose relax during sleep. This results in restricted air flow and potentially an airway blockage by the soft palate at the back of the mouth or by the uvula. Usually these interruptions result in paused breathing for up to 20 seconds.

Recent research suggests that sleep apnea can result in carotid atherosclerosis or strokes. People at particular risk are snorers who are heavy drinkers or who are overweight or suffering from heart disease. If you are in this high risk group it is important that you seek treatment to stop snoring.

Snoring is often caused by physical features such as a large uvula, which requires oral surgery. However it is much more common for the shape of an airway to influence snoring as a result of a pronounced overbite or other facial feature such as a recessed chin or small jaw. In these instances snoring aids can help to correct the airway shape to help reduce the chances of the tongue or soft palate restricting airflow and causing snoring. A mouth piece such as this will alleviate snoring and thus reduce sleep apnea and it’s potential to induce more serious conditions.

Some of the Best and Cheapest Snoring Aids

There are a million and one ways in order to help you stop snoring, unfortunately not all of them work as there is not one definitive cause of snoring.

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Nasal Strips

For some people there snoring is affected by a constriction of the airways. Simpley opening these airways may help or eliminate snoring altogether. One way of opening these airways is to use nasal strips, these work by physically opening your nostrils wider to create a large nasal passage. These strips are much less intrusive than other products on the market and are relatively cheap to buy.

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Chin Straps

For some people there snoring is a result of breathing through your mouth rather than your nose. It can be quite difficult to keep your mouth closed, especially while you are asleep. One solution to this problem is to use a chin strap. These straps work by physically closing your mouth making you then breathe naturally through your nose. Like the nasal strips they are less intrusive than other products to apply.

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Gum Shield

One of the most common causes of snoring is a constriction at the back of the throat. With the airway reduced air is squeezed through which causes the soft tissue in the throat to vibrate causing the snoring sound. A gum shield helps alleviate or eliminate this by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. By moving the jaw forward it helps create a larger passage way for the air to move through, reducing the vibrations of the soft tissue. The advantage of such snoring aids is that it tries to solve the root cause of the snoring, it is also quite cost affective as one gum shield should last you a long time.

Cures for Snoring

Tennis Balls

For some people sleeping on their back causes snoring. The snoring is usually a result of the weight of you body applying extra pressure of your airways. Often the best way to stop this is to simply sleep on your side. While this sounds easy for people who are only used to sleeping on there back it can be very difficult to achieve. Even if you start out the night on your side there is nothing to stop you once you are fast asleep rolling back onto your back. This is where the tennis ball comes in, by sowing a tennis ball into your pajamas will physically prevent yourself from rolling onto your back.

Snoring Nation

Its official, Britain is a snoring nation. It has been revealed that a quarter of us snore, but worse still is that two in three snore so loudly that they are keeping there partners awake at night.

The survey also revealed there are five common types of snorers. What type are you?

The old Banger is someone who sounds like an old banger car.

The McEnroe is someone who sounds like an over enthusiastic tennis player grunting

The Snorchestra is someone who like all the best orchestras start off softly before building to an epic crescendo.

The Snorter is someone who sounds like a horse after running the Grand National.

The Walrus is someone who like the Walrus grunts continuously, no matter how many times you jab your elbow into them.

While snoring may be amusing to some for others it is a living hell. Snoring can have a real affect on relationships and health. Partners of snorers are losing sleep which is having adverse affects on there lives at home and at work. Lack of sleep can also lead to a number of health problems.

There are numerous causes of snoring such as:

Drinking causes your muscles to relax more than normal when you are asleep.

Smoking can irritate the lining of the throat and nasal passages causing swelling and catarrh.

Sleeping position can affect snoring if you sleep on your back, your tongue, chin and any excess fatty tissues under your chin will relax and squash your airways.

Diets, especialy poor ones,  can cause snoring by adding extra weight and pressure on your airways.

Many snoring aids available may be able to help cure your problem as will a reduction in drinking and smoking plus eating a healthy diet. If however they after all this snoring still occur it might be worthwhile to consult your doctor.