Study shows CPAP also beneficial for mild sleep apnoea - Sheffield team win funding for new OSA monitoring device for children - New Year's resolutions to reduce snoring - BBC Stories: Are you holding your breath in your sleep? -Try the Snore Centre Mobile App - Michael Oko explains cardiac anatomy
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Snore Centre eNewsletter January 2020

Study shows CPAP also beneficial for mild sleep apnoea

This is the finding from a new study of over 200 patients, published in the journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, led by Imperial College London.

The research, conducted at 11 NHS sleep centres across the UK including the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, is one of the first to investigate the use of the treatment for mild cases of sleep apnoea. The mask – called a CPAP machine - is currently only recommended for people whose sleep apnoea is moderate to severe.

Sleep apnoea affects over one billion adults globally, and severe cases of sleep apnoea are thought to affect up to 1.5 million in the UK, with some estimates suggesting up to eight million people in the UK may have a mild form of the condition.

Although previous trials have found a CPAP machine to improve symptoms of moderate to severe cases of the condition, this is the first large trial to find that mild cases of sleep apnoea can also be treated with this technology.

Mary Morrell, Professor of Sleep and Respiratory Physiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial, and lead author of the research, said: “We are seeing increasing cases of sleep apnoea, and in a wide range of patients. Although the condition was previously thought to mainly affect overweight men, we now know it also strikes post-menopausal women, the elderly, and even children."

Professor Morrell, who is also honorary researcher at the Royal Brompton Hospital, added: "Around 60 per cent of all cases of sleep apnoea are classed as mild, but until now we didn’t know whether a CPAP would be helpful to these patients.”

In the study, 115 patients were asked to use the CPAP for three months, while 118 received standard care for mild sleep apnoea, which includes advice on improving sleep and avoiding anything that can exacerbate the condition, such as drinking alcohol before bed.

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Sheffield team win funding for new OSA monitoring device for children 

A team from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and Sheffield Children's Hospital (SCH) has won £10,000 of medical technology funding to support the commercialisation of a new device to monitor central sleep apnoea in young children and infants.

Led by medical engineer Professor Reza Saatchi, the project team comprised Professor Heather Elphick, Dr Ruth Kingshott and Dr Nicki Barker from SCH, alongside Dr Ruth Evans and Anthony Jones from SHU.

The £10,000 Pump Prime funding and innovation support will be used to de-risk and advance the development of the technology towards commercialisation and being used by patients. It was secured following a Dragons' Den-style pitch in front of Grow MedTech's panel of independent judges.

Reza Saatchi, Professor of Electronics at SHU, said: "We are delighted to have won the prestigious Grow MedTech Pump Prime competition.

"There is currently a clinical need for a reliable and cost-effective device that allows home monitoring of infants and children with central sleep apnoea, and it is testament to the strength of our 15-year research and innovation partnership with Sheffield Children's Hospital that we have succeeded in winning this highly competitive research prize which allows us to meet this important medical need."

Central sleep apnoea, which affects about 1 per cent of all infants, is a type of breathing disorder that occurs during sleep and causes individuals to pause their breathing. These incidents can be serious enough to require hospital admission.

New Year's Resolutions to reduce snoring in 2020

Snoring is often linked to lifestyle, and whatever your level of snoring or sleep apnoea there are some simple changes you can make your New Year resolutions in 2020 to help prevent it (from the NHS website).

Try these 5 self-help tips:

Maintain a healthy weight and diet. Being overweight by just a few kilos can lead to snoring. Fatty tissue around your neck squeezes the airway and prevents air flowing in and out freely.

Try to sleep on your side rather than your back. While sleeping on your back, your tongue, chin and any excess fatty tissue under your chin can relax and squash your airway. Sleeping on your side prevents this.

Avoid alcohol before going to bed. Alcohol makes your muscles relax more than usual during a normal night's sleep. This may encourage the back of your throat to collapse as you breathe, which causes snoring.

Quit or cut down on smoking. Cigarette smoke irritates the lining of your nose and throat, causing swelling and catarrh. This means airflow is decreased and you're more likely to snore.

Keep your nose clear, so that you breathe in through your nose rather than your mouth. If an allergy is blocking your nose, try antihistamine tablets or a nasal spray. Ask your pharmacist for advice, or see your GP, if you're affected by an allergy or any other condition that affects your nose or breathing, such as sinusitis.

BBC Stories: Are you holding your breath in your sleep?

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