Dr Robert Delcanho, a Perth based colleague of Dr Harry Ball from SleepWise Clinic, was featured in this report on Channel Seven’s Today Tonight on Wednesday 18th of September 2013.
Today Tonight: Help for Snorers
Reporter: Cassie Silver
It’s the night time nightmare leaving couples getting up on the wrong side of the bed.
Snoring 40 % of Australian women and 60% of men suffer; Clive Cass is one of them. “I have been snoring for years and when you go with friend away they complain and tell ya”
Sleeping in separate beds was partner Annie’s only solution.
Psychologist Eliza Hatten says snoring is one of greatest causes of stress in relationships. “I’ve heard pillows over the head, earplugs, sleeping in separate rooms, punching their partner or pinching their partner to get them to wake up so they stop snoring”
Eliza says bedtime should be your downtime. And while half of us snore to some extent only 5% have sought help. The sound, keeping couples up all night, occurs when the airway closes over and collapses, the tongue slipping back creating a vibration.
Dr Robert Delcahno from DentSleep says sleep disorders can increase your risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Clive also suffers from sleep apnea, a condition where sleepers stop breathing. “During that time there is no air getting into their lungs and their brain is not getting oxygenated and that can have affects during the day”
Studies show many of us lose the equivalent of three weeks sleep every year just because partners snoring. Dr Delcahno says he’s putting the problem to bed. “It’s called an oral appliance, a special mouth guard that holds the jaw forward while you sleep”
The oral appliance gently adjusts and holds your lower jaw forward, moving you tongue out of the way and preventing your throat from constricting or collapsing. By opening your upper airway it allows for unrestricted breathing throughout the night and a peaceful sleep for both you and your partner. Clive now sleeps peacefully and has more energy during the day and it’s brought the pair back together.
Simple ways to reduce snoring include quitting smoking, exercising and if you are overweight, dropping some kilos.