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National Stop Snoring Week Silences Suffering for Snorers

2009-02-17
20-25 April, 2009


February 17, 2009, Press Dispensary. For the UK's 15 million snorers, night time can involve disturbed sleep for the snorer and their bed partner, as well as causing unwanted physical and psychological side effects for adults and children alike.
With this in mind, The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association (BSSAA) is raising awareness of the condition as National Stop Snoring week approaches on 20 to 25 April, 2009.

Marianne Davey, director of BSSAA, says: "Our research shows that snorers are more likely to suffer from excessive sleepiness during the day, become irritable and bad tempered, as well as depressed and anxious. We’ve found that snorers experience more health complaints and a poorer quality of life than non-snorers. Snorers will often experience social, psychological, employment and relationship difficulties as a result of their condition.

"And it’s not just adults who are suffering. We’ve found that children between the age of three and seven years often snore as their enlarged tonsils and adenoids restrict the airway making it difficult for them to breathe.

She adds: "Children who snore do not usually thrive or do well at school. Because their sleep is disturbed, they frequently display behavioural problems and can be wrongly diagnosed as having ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) as the symptoms and consequences are very similar to those caused by snoring. However, treatment for snoring can resolve these problems and prevent children from turning into adult snorers."

She concludes: "National Stop Snoring Week is the annual event promoting the general awareness that nobody needs to suffer continually as a result of
snoring: it is a condition that can be treated."

The BSSAA is providing an online questionnaire for snorers and their bed partners to help understand the true impact of snoring on peoples
lives. To complete the questionnaire, please visit
http://www.britishsnoring.co.uk/nssw2009

Press packs will be available containing posters, leaflets, results of the survey and sample products for competitions and give-aways including: chin-up strips, ear plugs, nasal dilators, travel packs and Rhynil nose and throat sprays.

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Notes for editors
The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association (BSSAA) is a registered not-for-profit organisation which promotes public awareness that snoring is treatable and, therefore, nobody needs suffer from this troublesome complaint. The BSSAA provides help and information to snorers and their bed partners/families, and also offers clinically proven snoring remedies.

For further information, please contact:
Marianne Davey, director
The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association (BSSAA)
Tel: 01737 245638 / 07930 355993
Email:
Site: www.britishsnoring.co.uk
ISDN for radio interviews: 01737 735960

Media contacts

Marianne Davey, director
Tel: 01737 245638 / 07930 355993
Email:
Site: www.britishsnoring.co.uk
ISDN for radio interviews: 01737 735960

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