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What is snoring?
Snoring is caused by the vibration of soft tissues in the throat and behind the tongue. Studies indicate that at least 30 percent of adults snore. Snoring can be a major factor in sleep disturbance and result in stress, leading to lack of energy, poor concentration, mood swings and irritability. In the long term, snoring can also lead to high blood pressure and heart problems.
What is sleep apnoea?
With Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), an increase in weight or a reduction in muscle tone can trigger the change from a partially blocked airway (snoring) to a fully blocked airway, causing sufferers to stop breathing for periods of time while sleeping. Many people with OSA are completely unaware of the disorder, and remain undiagnosed for several years. OSA has been linked to an increased risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.