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Snoring Factoid:
The partner of an apnea patient loses an hour of sleep each night due to partner's snoring (Mayo clinic study)

October 28, 2001 Issue 1


News Cooking away the noise

It seems a strange idea...heating your palate until it shrinks, but radiofrequency tissue reduction (RFTR) increasingly looks like an effective approach to treating snoring.

A new study of 47 patients finds that:

  • Snoring is significantly reduced
  • Three or four lesions at a time are better than one -- patients required fewer treatments and were more than twice as likely to be cured after 2 treatments
  • There was "minimal" relapse of snoring after 16 months
  • More lesions meant more pain, but it couldn't have been that much more, as the multi-lesion patients didn't need more pain-killers nor did they take more time off work.

RFTR -- also known as somnoplasty or coblation -- involves pushing a needle into your soft palate and heating the surrounding area using radiofrequency energy.  This causes the tissue to shrink.  It's less painful than surgery and costs less -- but more than another emerging technique for tissue reduction, snoreplasty.  The long-term effectiveness of snoreplasty -- the injection of a scarring agent into your throat tissue -- is still unknown. 

The new RFTR study was conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and published in the September issue of Archives of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

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Short video showing Somnoplasty device. If you're curious about the RFTR process in the lead article, here's a look at the instrument that's use for the procedure. 

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Feature  Feature article: My Snoring Story
  by Dennis Freeman


At the risk of being thought egotistical, I've chosen to feature my own story-in-progress for this inaugural issue. 

I never thought I'd end up trying to make a living from a web site on snoring. 
My career started after graduating with an MA in Broadcasting.  Then a few years as a TV reporter and freelance journalist; then finding my footing and moving rapidly up the marketing hierarchies at several hi-tech firms. In 1996 I landed a job as Senior Director of Product Marketing at a software firm in Atlanta.

At this point, my career stalled; I lost my sharpness and zest for the job. I no longer devoured trade publications. I found myself sitting at my desk wishing it was 5pm so I could go home. I fell asleep in meetings.

Nothing that unusual, I told myself. A mid-life crisis. We all slow down in mid-career. Maybe I'm depressed. My doctor prescribed Prozac. I felt better but it didn't re-energize my work performance. When the hi-tech meltdown came, my company probably didn't think too hard before including me on the lay-off list.

Now about this time, I became engaged to a wonderful woman who seemed to like everything about me except my snoring. I can fix that, I thought, and began to look for snoring cures. There are hundreds of snoring remedies out there. None of the easy ones have solved the problem: not nasal strips, nor throat sprays, nor pills.

Turns out I have mild sleep apnea. And here's the point of my story: apnea causes daytime sleepiness, lack of concentration, depression. Everything I'd been experiencing in the past few years, in fact, could arguably be attributed to my sleep disorder.

Being out of work gave me time to dig into apnea issues. It's clear that doctors frequently fail to diagnose mild or moderate sleep apnea, which is a pretty common problem, especially as you get older. Untreated, apnea will become worse and can be life-threatening. It raises your blood pressure, and increases the risk of stroke or heart attack.

So I have established Put an End to Snoring, with its questionnaire that will, I hope, alert some people to the fact that they're Snoring out an SOS. And I'm still working on my own snoring problem.   

Send me your own snoring/sleep story, we'll use it in this slot.



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