http://www.putanendtosnoring.com/Newsletters/12-02.htm, if you do not
see this newsletter in HTML
Most snorers exceed 38 decibels of sound, equivalent to the noise of
light highway traffic
by HealthEast and Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic,
Holidays to Our Readers!
December 2002 Issue 11
damages your health, not just your relationships!
A consistent theme of this newsletter is
that snoring should not be ignored. Especially not if your snoring is
related to sleep apnea: last months headlines -- "Train
Wreck Blamed on Apnea" -- act as a reminder that apnea must be
treated. But new research shows that even primary snoring may be bad
for your health.
In the largest ever
case-control study to evaluate the link between stroke and snoring,
doctors at Perugia University in Italy studied 416 subjects, half of whom
had suffered a stroke before the study began. Of these stroke victims,
40.5 percent were described as habitual and heavy snorers, compared with
29.8 percent who snored in the healthy control group. An important
finding was that only a few of the stroke patients had sleep apnea.
"This is important as it shows that not only sleep apnea, but also snoring
can reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain, putting people at
risk of strokes," the author of the study is quoted as saying.
The Italian study builds on
February's report from the
Stroke Association's Conference. Researchers reported on the connection
between snoring, sleep duration and daytime sleepiness with stroke in 1,348
adults in Buffalo, New York. The snorers and sleepyheads were far more likely to
have had a stroke or transient ischemic attacks.
So, do these findings suggest that even
primary snorers who show no sign of sleep apnea should be fitted with CPAP
machines to ensure they breathe properly at night? Obviously not, but
those who snore should certainly take steps to deal with their snoring,
whether through conservative means (lose weight, stay away from alcohol
before you go to bed) or any of the dozens of remedies described on our
is not written by a medical professional. I'd welcome comments and
supplementary research from any physician or sleep specialist reading
Is this information
useful to you?
Send us questions or feedback.
provided by PutanEndtoSnoring does not substitute for the
advice of your physician.
This Newsletter's Featured Product: SnorePlugs
Most readers of this
newsletter may have no use for this product -- but your
long-suffering bed partner will! Direct from Taiwan, SnorePlugsTM
are next-generation hydrophilic foam earplugs, with
very high noise reduction (SNR 37db), softer and
more comfortable than non-hydrophilic plugs.
They absorb moisture in the ear canal, keeping them
comfortable for longer periods. They're also
long-lasting, keeping their shape no matter how much
you scrunch them up each night when you put them in.
Add these to your partner's Christmas stocking and you'll sleep through the night with your
Buy SnorePlugs at The Snoring
Obstructive sleep apnea and stuttering:
connected at birth?
Interesting research in November's
Journal of Respiratory and Critical
Care Medicine suggests obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may result from a
genetic defect that may also cause stuttering in childhood.
Researchers at the Univeristy of California in Los Angeles analyzed
three-dimensional images done on the brains of 21 patients with OSA and 21
healthy control subjects. The volume of gray matter in the brains of
patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was reduced by up to 18
percent compared with normal controls. The gray matter losses occurred in
brain regions that are responsible for upper airway motor function, and
Until now, doctors have assumed that any brain
damage in an apnea patient is caused by reduced oxygen flowing to the
brain -- in other words, apnea is the root of the problem. But this
research indicates that the reverse may be true. The brain defect causes
the sleeping disorder, not the other way round.
The same defect may affect speech patterns.
In an online supplement to the article, the researchers said 38 percent of
sleep apnea patients reported a history of stuttering or speech
impairment. That compares with just seven percent of the US
population that stutters.
drugstore.com has a great offer for first-time customers through 12/16.
Receive $10 off your first $20 nonprescription purchase!
This section features some
interesting posting to our forum. This issues relates reader Sandy
from Melbourne, Australia's positive experience with a dental device.
I've had a snoring problem for many years,
and being the female partner, suffered a lot of embarrassment about it, as
it's always considered that men snore!!! It's caused so much angst in the
relationship between my husband and myself I can hardly believe we're
still together!!!!! I had a sleep study over 3 years ago (which, by the
way, was billed directly to Medicare), and was presented with the 3
options ..... Operation, CPAP machine, or mandibular advancement splint (mouthguard).
I have never heard a good word said about the
operation (and I work in Medical Practice). My husband totally refused to
"sleep with a machine", and I had a "phobia" about having the mouthguard
in my mouth and feeling like I was choking!!! Finally this year, when I
had developed many other symptoms of sleep-deprivation, I had myself put
on the list at the Repat Hospital in Heidelberg (Melbourne) for the
fitting of a splint. WHY DIDN'T I DO THIS YEARS AGO!!! It's truly
incredible!! It is not nearly as intrusive as I imagined. Mind you, it's
not a bed of roses either, but once the initial discomfort decreases and
you get used to it, miraculous is the only word I can use!!
My husband is so thrilled ..... he's not
wearing earplugs any more, and has woken up because of the SILENCE !!! The
splint cost $500. The follow up appointments for any readjustments is
free. Would just like to share this experience with anyone else facing the
your comments or
Read About Dental Devices for Snoring
Snoreeze Now Available in U.S.
Throat sprays typically work the same way; they coat your throat with natural
oils, so that your throat tissues vibrate less loudly. What sets the sprays
apart is quality of ingredients -- and price. The Snoring Shop is delighted to
represent Europe's market-leading anti-snoring throat spray, Snoreeze, and proud
that we can offer it at a very competitive price.
Snoreeze has all-natural ingredients including peppermint oil for a
breathe-freshening taste. Order
End to Snoring Newsletter is a publication of Freeman Communications
Copyright 2002 Freeman Communications. All rights reserved
Please read our
Legal & Privacy Notices
To unsubscribe, simply send mail to
And if you've been sent this by a friend...get your own copy! Email