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Most snorers exceed 38 decibels of sound, equivalent to the noise of
light highway traffic
by HealthEast and Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic,
July 2003 Issue 14
Sleep Angel Work?
A device advertised on our web site has attracted a huge amount of
attention and growing controversy. It's called Sleep Angel and is an
elastic headpiece that fits under the chin. Priced at $59.97, it's
hardly cheap, but is within range of anyone desperate to find relief from
their snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.
The manufacturer pays a generous commission
to "affiliates" who promote the product, generous enough to motivate
some affiliates to send out Sleep Angel spam by the millions. All spam
and advertising leads back to a hard-sell web site that has clearly led many buyers to believe they
may have finally found a solution to their sleep disorder.
this week sent email to all customers who bought a Sleep Angel after
visiting our web site. We received 32 usable responses -- enough, we
feel, to indicate who may benefit from the product, and who should stay
- 8 of the 32 respondents (25%) said the
product stopped their snoring.
- All 8 are still using the Sleep Angel
and all would recommend it.
- All 8 described themselves as people who
slept and snored with their mouths open
- All 8 said that use of the Sleep Angel
kept their mouths shut at night
- Seven of the 8 felt they had "mild"
obstructive sleep apnea (the 8th had no sleep apnea) and all but one of
those felt the Sleep Angel helped their OSA.
Anyone who has gone through multiple
snoring remedies before finding something that works knows that 25%
success rate is actually not too bad. If it was easy to stop
snoring, there would not be 100 remedies listed on our web site! But there
are a few troubling aspects about the Sleep Angel:
- The Sleep Angel is guaranteed against
product defects only -- many customers have assumed the guarantee would
also cover failure to block snoring.
- Perhaps understandably, given the huge
number of orders, many customers have experienced long delays in receiving
their product and say that customer service has been unresponsive.
- The company's web site, while carefully
worded, can lead a reader to believe that the Sleep Angel can be
a complete cure for obstructive sleep apnea. In fact, no-one with
moderate or severe sleep apnea in our survey was helped by the product,
and a review of the raw data of a
of Sleep Angel users
shows that the benefits are uneven.
What about the 24 respondents who were not
helped by the product? Like the satisfied customers, many of them are also
mouth-breathers with mild sleep apnea. Three found they could not
keep the product on at night, others said it simply did not work.
So, should you buy a Sleep Angel? Our
survey shows that Sleep Angel may be worthwhile if you sleep with your
mouth open. The product will help keep you mouth shut and may also
reposition your jaw to keep your airways more open. You should also take a
look at other
products designed for the mouth breather.
If you have anything more than mild
obstructive sleep apnea, it could be life-threatening for you to waste
your time with simple remedies, including Sleep Angel. You
need to seek medical attention.
UPDATE -- SINCE WE PUBLISHED THIS
NEWSLETTER, SLEEP ANGEL HAS A NEW NAME --
SNORING STOPPER. WE
HAVE CONTINUED TO RECEIVE COMPLAINTS ABOUT POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE. CAVEAT
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Apnea Research: If OSA is related to a chemical imbalance, can a drug
treatment be far behind? Hello, Remeron
in the brain may be partly to blame for obstructive sleep apnea, according
University of Michigan Health System researchers. The new
findings were made using neurochemical brain scans and detailed sleep
studies in 13 patients with multiple system atrophy (MSA), a rare and
fatal degenerative neurological disease almost always accompanied by
severe sleep disorders.
Their results from
the MSA patients, who all had both sleep apnea and REM behavior disorder (RBD),
were very different from those of 27 healthy control subjects.
Specifically, the researchers found that MSA patients had a far lower
density of certain brain cells, or neurons, that produce the key chemicals
dopamine and acetylcholine. The greater their lack, the worse their sleep
The patients with
the fewest dopamine-producing neurons in the striatum of their brains had
the worst RBD symptoms of thrashing, talking and violent flailing while
they slept. And patients with the lowest levels of acetylcholine-producing
neurons in the brainstem had the most interruptions in their breathing
A lot more research
is needed, but the findings raise the possibility that OSA may be treated
neurochemically. Interestingly, a completely independent study last month
University of Illinois found that an an antidepressant called mirtazapine
significantly improved the sleeping patterns of all 12 OSA
patients who participated in a sleep study. It would be interesting to
know how the drugs acts on acetylcholine levels in the brainstem.
Mirtazapine has not
been approved in the U.S. for treatment of sleep apnea but apneacs desperate for
relief and depressed from lack of sleep could perhaps ask their doctors to
prescribe Remeron (the brandname for mirtazapine) as an anti-depressant.
This section features some interesting posting to our forum. This
issues relates reader Kevin's
I can go for a long time and not snore at all or at least
there are no earthquakes happening to my bed (my wife shaking the bed to
get me to stop) it seems that if my weight is a bit high then the snoring
comes back. Has anyone else found this to be true? Thanks
Editors comment: It's a sobering thought that many
of us would snore less if we could just discipline ourselves to lose
weight. My weight has fluctuated in the last year by about 10 pounds, and
my wife commented favorably on my reduced snoring as I lost weight, and is
back to complaining now that I've been eating too much ice-cream! If
you are "socially incorrect" snorer -- i.e., do not have apnea -- part of
your search for a snoring cure should include what physicians refer to as
"conservative" treatments: lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, giving
up smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, etc.
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