Researchers may have come up with a novel solution to help snoring it was revealed last week.
The University of Brescia Research
A study carried out at the University of Brescia in Italy took 12 patients who suffered from blood pooling in their legs and gave them compression stockings to wear during the day.
They found that as the stockings reduced the amount of blood building up in the veins in their legs, so in turn did it reduce the amount of fluid flowing into their necks at night, and thus reduced snoring.
People who suffer from sleep apnoea frequently wake up in the night as the muscles in their airways collapse during sleep and their brain has to send a signal to reopen it.
This causes the sleeper to snort of snore as the airway is reopened. The 12 patients had vein problems with excess blood pooling in the daytime which lead to sleeping problems at night triggered by the excess fluid travelling up to the neck at night.
The scientist who lead the study commented that “We found that in patients with chronic venous insufficiency, compression stockings reduced daytime fluid accumulation in the legs which in turn reduced the amount of fluid returning to the neck at night, thereby reducing the number of sleep apnoeas by a third.”
The research, which is published in the American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine showed a 62% reduction in the fluid volume shown in the legs of the patients and a 36% reduction in the number of sleep apnoeas per hours of sleep.
Treating Sleep Apnoeas
The most typical way of treating sleep apnoeas and snoring is currently for patients to wear a mask but may feel this is uncomfortable and dislike the feeling of it. They also find it is difficult to sleep with it on their face.
The mask allows air to be pumped into the nostrils, enabling them to remain open throughout sleep.
These Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machines or CPAP’s are expensive, costing between £250 and £500 to issue, whereas the DVT tights are priced at around £20 per pair.
A considerable saving to the NHS. It is thought that patients with mild symptoms may be offered these as an alternative if the CPAP machines and lifestyle changes have not worked in the past. People who do not get enough sleep are at a higher risk of having traffic accidents, and are prone to increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.