Sleep Apnoea accounts for nine in every 10 sleep-related hospital admission for kids.
Sleep apnoea accounts for nearly nine in every 10 sleep-related hospital admissions for children under 16s since 2012, new analysis has revealed.
There were a record number of cases recorded between 2017-18, with the overall figures rising every year, with the exception of a one-year dip between 2015 and 16, according to NHS data analysed by The Guardian.
These figures were revealed among a general increase in sleep-related admissions, such as insomnia, nightmares and sleepwalking. Overall sleep-related disorder admissions in children aged 16 and under increased every year.
What is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, causing a total blockage of the airway. When the airflow is blocked for 10 seconds or more, it is known as apnoea.
People with the condition experience regular paused breathing episodes over a long period of time while asleep. Sufferers can experience anywhere between five and 100 pauses an hour (the latter is considered very severe). This process of periods of struggling to breathe, followed by waking briefly, may happen many times during the night.
It typically affects men with a collar size of 17 inches or more and early menopausal women who put on weight. It can also be worse in people with big tonsils and adenoids. However, children can also be affected and are at greater risk if they are overweight, have Down’s syndrome or have a family history of the condition.
How can I spot it in my child?
The first symptom most parents notice is snoring, according to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). “Snoring is the sound made by the airway vibrating as it opens after it has partially collapsed,” GOSH states.
In addition to snoring, the British Lung foundation (BLF) urges parents to also look out for gasps, snorts and choking sounds during sleep.
Parents may also notice children sleeping in unusual body positions that make it easier for them to breathe, for example with their head bent backwards.
The BLF says other symptoms to help spot it, although slightly less common, include bedwetting, sweating and dry mouth.
Daytime symptoms include early morning headache and general tiredness. Because of interrupted sleep, your child might be more tired during the day. “Younger children who suffer from sleep deprivation may actually be hyperactive or aggressive, whereas older children may feel tired,” GOSH states.
Other daytime symptoms include difficulty concentrating or behaving differently, as well as poor growth and weight gain.
What happens if I think my child has sleep apnoea?
Your child will need to have their sleep monitored, which will require an overnight visit to hospital. During the sleep study, various bodily functions will be monitored, such as breathing pattern and heart rate, to determine the child’s sleep quality and breathing pattern.
If your child does have it, common treatments include nasal inhaled corticosteroid sprays, an adenotonsillectomy (operation to remove tonsils), or using a CPAP or BiPAP – a simple machine that pushes air through a mask worn at night to keep the airway open.
This article first appeared at Huff Post
These guidelines will help stop snoring.
Many people snore – if not permanently, then at least from time to time. In the result of poor sleep – and those who snore, and those who are trying to sleep beside them, but sleep deprivation is extremely harmful to humans. How to get rid of snoring.
Close your mouth
Main external organ of respiration in humans is the nose. If you sleep with an open mouth, the air you breathe, reaching the soft tissues of the back of the pharynx, causes them to vibrate with a characteristic sound. About 45% of adults snore occasionally, 25% regularly. Approximately every tenth child also snores but it usually passes by the age of seven when naturally shrink the adenoids. In adults the situation can only get worse, so if you snore – notice of special bandages for the face, made to keep my mouth shut.
Open the nose
If your nasal passages are open, you are less likely to breathe through the mouth. Alcohol and Smoking contribute to nasal congestion, so better to abstain, if you are prone to snoring (limit alcohol use to two times a week and do not smoke four hours before sleeping). If the nose has already been laid – will help special spray on the basis of, for example, sea salt. If the nasal passages are blocked as a result of injury, may help operation.
Snoring can be the consequence of too much fat in the neck area. This fat constrict the Airways, creating difficulty for the passage of air. Body fat in this region is more characteristic for men, and men snore more often than women.
Check the bite
In some cases, snoring leads to incorrect jaw position – retrognathia. If by closing your mouth, you feel that the lower teeth are located far back compared to the top – refer to orthodontist for bite correction. Maybe this will help you to cope with snoring, since the correct position of the jaws, the tongue will not sink down in sleep, and the airway will be free.
Turn to the side
Sleeping on your side much more useful than on the back. This can be achieved in several ways – for example, to buy a special pillow or put something uncomfortable inside the pyjamas or t-shirts in which you sleep (for example, tennis ball). The latter method works about the same as a jolt from not being able to sleep partner, but it is less traumatic (and less offensive).
Go to the doctor
Snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea – short pauses in breathing. This condition requires medical intervention.
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Video discusses a simple snoring solution
AssistENT offers an anti-snoring device you
If you sleep next to someone who snores you know that the endless horking and honking isn’t very fun… and it makes the snorer’s life even worse. Some students and doctors in Baltimore, Maryland, however, have created something that acts like an internal breathing strip to help you breathe better and snore less.
Called assistENT, the company uses small, reusable rings that fit into the nostril and open the septum. You insert and remove them yourself with a little pair of forceps and they can survive sneezing and, one would assume, a good, hard midnight snoooorrrrrk. Patrick Byrne and Clayton Andrews created the product and it recently won the $10,000 “Use it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for best product. Other members of the team include Melissa Austin, Talia Kirschbaum, Harrison Nguyen, Theo Lee, and Eric Cao.
The team will be running a Kickstarter soon and is looking into a seed round for manufacture. The product, called N-Stent, costs 15 cents to make and will sell for about $4 a pair.
“The design is inspired by the typical cartilage grafts used in functional rhinoplasty to improve nasal breathing. In essence, the device is a tapered silicone stent consisting of two flexible beams bridging two soft pads whose shape closely follows the complex internal nasal anatomy,” said Byrne. “When deployed, one pad grips the nasal septum and the other presses against the lateral nasal wall to dilate the passage and stent it open. This dilation force comes from the two flexible beams, which bend to provide a gentle spring force while forming a lumen to accommodate airflow.”
The product fits into the nasal vestibule and to get it in and out you can either use the simple applicator or just stick it up there with your finger.
The team is excited about the possibilities, especially since this can help people without forcing them to get surgery.
“Although the mechanism for reversing nasal obstruction is straightforward, there is no viable alternative to surgery for those who struggle with nasal breathing throughout the day. Breathe Right strips lead this nighttime nasal dilator market with annual revenues of $145M, amounting to an 80% market share. However, experts estimate a $250M market opportunity for less-invasive nasal obstruction treatment,” said Byrne.
“We have heard stories from dozens who have had surgery to correct nasal obstruction – with limited success and great expense – and hundreds who are reluctant to undergo surgery in the first place and feel they have no alternative for breathing better throughout the day, at night, or during exercise. This invention has potential to radically change the standard of care for nasal obstruction and provide a convenient, sensible solution to this widespread problem,” he said.
Look for this anti-snort-hork-honnnnnking anti-snoring device in the next few months.
We noticed this at techcrunch.com
A pill used to treat the skin condition psoriasis could also be the secret to a good night’s sleep for millions affected by heavy snoring.The drug, called dimethyl fumarate (also known by its brand name Tecfidera) is used to dampen inflammation that causes flare-ups of psoriasis.
But a new study shows it can also ease the symptoms of sleep apnoea, a condition that affects up to five million people in Britain, causing snoring.
Scientists at the University of Michigan in the U.S. tested the drug on 50 people with severe sleep apnoea and found that after four months there was a sharp decline in the number of times a night their sleep was disrupted by snoring.
The drug, called dimethyl fumarate is used to dampen inflammation that causes flare-ups of psoriasis. But a new study shows it can also ease the symptoms of sleep apnoea, a condition that affects up to five million people in Britain, causing snoring
The theory is that the anti-inflammatory drug dampens inflammation in the airway — recent studies have suggested that heavy snorers have higher levels of inflammatory markers in the blood and airway.
Sleep apnoea occurs when the muscles in the airway, which naturally relax as we fall asleep, completely collapse; this shuts off breathing for at least ten seconds.
Once the brain realises breathing has stopped, it sends out a signal for the airway muscles to contract again.
This opens the airway and the person normally wakes with a jolt. In mild sleep apnoea, this can happen about once every ten minutes. If it’s severe, it means sleep can be disturbed every couple of minutes.
The cumulative effect is that they — and their partners — feel exhausted during the day.
Sleep apnoea has also been shown to raise blood pressure and the threat of a stroke and heart attack.
Treatment usually consists of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), where a mask is worn over the face during sleep.
The mask is attached to a machine that gently forces air into the airway to stop it from collapsing.
Some people find the mask cumbersome and research suggests nearly a third never use the device, or abandon it.
With sleep apnoea, the drug may help by easing inflammation in the airway and so making breathing easier
Scientists began investigating the psoriasis drug after anecdotal reports that patients taking it for their skin condition also reported a drop in snoring.
Psoriasis is an auto-immune condition where the body’s immune cells attack the skin, causing inflammation.
With sleep apnoea, the drug may help by easing inflammation in the airway and so making breathing easier. The twice-daily tablets could be a more convenient treatment than the CPAP mask.
In the study, 50 patients with sleep apnoea first had blood samples taken and underwent a test to measure how many sleep disturbances they suffered a night. They were then given either dimethyl fumarate or placebo pills, taking two a day for a month before having repeated blood and sleep tests.
The results, published in the journal Sleep, showed that those who took the psoriasis drug had a significant drop in night-time disturbances — from up to 13 an hour before treatment, to as little as three after.
Blood tests also revealed a decline in TNF-alpha, a protein involved in triggering inflammation. Those on placebos experienced little or no change in either measurement.
Dr Neil Stanley, an independent sleep expert and a member of the British Sleep Society, said: ‘There is an association between inflammation and sleep apnoea so this drug may help. However it didn’t completely rid patients of sleep apnoea so we need more research to see how effective it really is.’
We found this article at Pill-skin-problems-stop-snoring
The apotheosis of my five-year orthodontic torment was a sad admission from the orthodontist: After thousands of dollars invested in what felt like medieval technology, my braces had not only failed to ameliorate a complex situation but created a new problem for which, even today, there is no solution. I won’t say it keeps me up at night, but my husband’s snoring often does—and it turns out the braces he wore as a child may be to blame for that.
Suffering for the perfect smile has long been de riguer in middle-class American childhoods and beyond. Today an estimated 50 to 70 percent of children in the United States will be treated for “malocclusion,” or bad bite. Twenty-five percent of orthodontic patients today are adults belatedly getting around to this rite of passage. We take it for granted that the effort is worth it, but according to eminent biologist Paul Ehrlich and craniofacial expert Sandra Kahn—the authors of Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic—braces are a temporary band-aid on a long-unfolding evolutionary disaster. Over the ages our teeth and our tongue have become ever more crowded by the shrinking of the human jaw. Not only is this an aesthetic disaster, but it compromises our breathing, which in turn can disrupt sleep. And there, our problems really begin.
It’s harder for us to breathe than it was for our jaw-endowed ancestors.
Ehrlich and Kahn trace the crooked jumble of teeth many of us develop to the agricultural revolution. (As Stanford palaeontologist Richard Klein says, “I’ve never seen a hunter-gatherer skull with crooked teeth.”) When humans turned to farming, food got softer and we stopped chewing so hard. This lack of exercise, Ehrlich and Kahn hypothesize, led to a reduction in Homo sapiens’ face and jaw size. With less room, our teeth have gotten crowded and often jumbled up. It became harder to breathe.
Changes in the position of the larynx to make way for human speech had also had negative impacts on what Ehrlich and Kahn call the “facial-airway configuration.” The tongue, now too big for the restricted jaw, gets in the way of breathing as it falls back and restricts the passageway between the nose and the lungs, “causing a rhythmic rumbling sound” also known to challenge the equanimity of even the otherwise most contented of co-sleeping couples. Ehrlich and Kahn bolster their claim that snoring is an artefact of contemporary civilization, noting that the sound would have alerted predators to “relatively helpless human individuals.”
Bulky braces can further constrict this vital breathing pathway, but in Ehrlich and Kahn’s view, the problem is really that they are a cosmetic fix with a short duration. While not banning orthodontics altogether, they advocate developing stronger jaws to begin with. Breast-feeding babies helps because it takes more effort on the child’s part than sucking on a bottle. Encourage your children to chew thoroughly—Ehrlich and Kahn even advocate gum. They warn that “poor oral posture” contributes to constricting airways. A particular culprit is mouth-breathing, often exacerbated by the fact that we find ourselves indoors so much, where concentrated allergens help stuff up our nasal passages. Mouth-breathing is a sign of a slack jaw and is an indication you are not getting enough oxygen. It’s harder for us to breathe than it was for our jaw-endowed ancestors.
Smaller jaws, constricted airflow, and snoring come afoul of another signature evolutionary development—sleep, particularly the deep-dreaming phase known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Ehrlich and Kahn warn that sleep disrupted by snoring (and its cousin sleep apnoea) are “linked to serious lifelong health problems” including “ADHD, depression, cancer, and heart disease.”
Neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker, author Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, warns that too little snoozing “demolishes your immune system” and adds anxiety and suicidality to the discontents of disrupted, inadequate sleep. According to Walker, the non-dreaming stage called NRED sleep can be detected in all species, but REM sleep, an evolutionary more recent development, is enjoyed only by vertebrates. Walker credits REM sleep with increasing our ability to recognize and navigate “the kaleidoscope of socio-emotional signals that are abundant in human culture,” thus enabling “the creation of large, emotionally astute, stable, highly bonded, and intensely social communities of humans.” REM sleep fuels creativity by integrating new memories into the “entire back catalogue of your life’s autobiography,” Walker writes, night after night rebooting vast associative neural networks and revising “what a collection of information means as a whole.”
Yet even if improper breathing, credited by Ehrlich and Kahn to our mealy-mouthed jaws, disrupts REM sleep and threatens all of this innovative meaning-making, exceptions still arise. An interesting case study would seem to be that of the novelist Vladimir Nabokov. In the recently published journal Insomniac Dreams, the author of Lolita recounts “Curious features of my dreams,” including “very exact clock time awareness but hazy passing-of-time feeling….” Nabokov queries his own tortuously interrupted nocturnal narratives to see if his dreams might predict the future. They don’t, really—although in describing “fairly sustained, fairly clear, fairly logical (within special limits) cogitation,” Nabokov seems to anticipate Walker’s account of REM sleep. Otherwise, the hardly sleeping, fantastically creative Nabokov somewhat belies the sleep-deprivation dangers Ehrlich, Kahn, and Walker point out. Though it must be said that hard at work in one photo, the great author’s mouth does seem to be hanging open.
This was first published at Nautil.us
Below is an article I found helpful on the causes of snoring.
Just about everyone snores at one time or the other through their life time for different reasons, some people snore on a regular basis and this disrupts the quality of their sleep.
Snoring is the harsh buzzing sound some of us make when we’re asleep.
Experts say this could lead to daytime fatigue, irritability and some health problems too. It could also create some major emotional issues.
Snoring happens when you can’t move air freely through your nose and throat while sleeping. This makes the surrounding tissue vibrate, thereby producing the familiar snoring sound.
People who snore regularly often have too much throat and nasal tissue or floppy tissue that is more prone to vibrating. The position of the tongue can also get in the way of smooth breathing.
It is important to understand the cause behind your snoring because different people snore for different reasons. Understanding why one snore would help one find the right solutions that will help one get a better and quieter sleep. Some common causes of snoring are.
• Sleeping posture: Certain postures while sleeping can cause snoring like sleeping flat on your back. When you sleep flat on your back, it causes the flesh of your throat to relax and block the airways.
• Age: As a person grows older (middle age and beyond), the throat becomes narrower and the muscle tone in the throat decreases.
• Alcohol and Smoking: Alcohol intake and smoking can cause snoring. Smoking irritates the tissue in the throat, this leads to inflammation that causes snoring. Alcohol relaxes the muscles of the upper airway which can become floppy and make noises while you breathe when sleeping.
• Being overweight or out of shape: Fatty tissues and poor muscle tone are major contributions to snoring. You might not be overweight generally, carrying excess weight around your neck and throat can cause snoring.
• Nasal and Sinus Problem. Blocked airways or stuffy nose can make inhalation difficult and create a vacuum in the throat leading to snoring.
• The way a person is built: A person’s physiological make up can be a reason for snoring. For instance, Men have narrower air passage than women and are more likely to snore. Physical features like a narrower throat, a cleft palate, enlarged adenoids can contribute to snoring and these features are often hereditary.
• Medications: Certain medications such as tranquilisers like Lorazepam and Diazepam can increase muscle relaxation leading to snoring. These medications relax the tone of the muscles in the neck and chest making the work of breathing more difficult.
• Sleeping Disorders: Snoring could indicate a sleep disorder. Sleep Apnea is one of those disorders. It is a serious sleep disorder where your breathing is briefly interrupted many times each night and you experience breaks in your sleep, sometimes without realising it.
Even though quite a number of people snore, experts say that snoring is not normal. Snoring is a sign that something is wrong with the way we are breathing while we sleep. There are several options for treating snoring, but you first must have accepted that it is a problem, and then decide that it is worth the while treating.
• Change your sleep position: Changing your sleep position is an easy self-help step that you can take to help you stop snoring. Lying on your back makes the base of your tongue and soft palate collapse to the back of your throat, causing you to snore.
Lying on your side might help you correct that.
Daniel P. slaughter, MD, an otolaryngologist and snoring expert at Capital Otolaryngology in Austin, Texas, recommends a full length pillow that supports your entire body as this will enable you maintain sleeping on your side and can make a tangible difference.
You should also try to elevate your head by four inches as this may ease breathing and encourage your jaw and tongue to move forward.
If snoring continues regardless of the sleep position then it is advised that you see your doctor
• Lose weight: losing a little bit of weight can reduce the fatty tissues in the back of the throat, and decrease or even stop snoring. However, slaughter opines that weight loss does not work for everybody; after all, thin people snore too.
If you gained weight and started snoring, when you did not snore before then weight loss may help.
ü Practice good sleep hygiene: poor sleep habits also known as poor sleep hygiene can lead to snoring. For example, when you work long hours without enough sleep and you finally hit the sack, you would be over tired. This makes you sleep deep and hard and the muscles become floppier, which causes snoring.
• Avoid Alcohol and Sedatives; alcohol and sedatives reduce the resting tones of your muscles making if more likely for you to snore. Researches have shown that drinking alcohol four to five hours before sleeping makes snoring worse, and that people who did not snore before will snore after drinking alcohol.
• Open your nasal passage: If you snore from your nose, keeping your nasal passages open may help. If your nose is clogged or blocked due to cold or other blockages, fast- moving air is more likely to produce snoring. You can have a hot bath before going to bed and while you are having your bath, do not forget to rinse out your nose while you are at it.
Other things one can do to stop snoring include changing of ones pillow at least every six months to keep dust mites away, keeping ones bedroom air moist, what the food one eat before going to bed as heavy meals, dairy foods or soya milk have been shown by research to make snoring worse.
One can also try an anti-snoring mouth appliance.
Experts recommend exercise, as this can help reduce snoring even if it doesn’t lead to weight loss. When you tone various muscles in your body, you also tone the muscles in your throat, which in turn can lead to less snoring.
First published at businessdayonline.com
The following article lists some of the easier ways to stop snoring and if snoring has only just become an issue for you then maybe the following suggestions will help.
Snoring. This single act can drive two loving partners into becoming the worse of enemies and all the while without the snorers even being in control of there action. Snoring can be a massive problem for people who share a room together. Especially snoring that causes sleep apnea. Those looking to end this noisy nuisance of a problem you will find in this article 10 natural snoring remedies that you can start to implement.
Get that good nights rest that you deserve and keep that relationship strong and healthy.
Ten Easy Snoring Remedies
# 1 – Humidify
Sleeping in a room that has a dry air can be a significant cause for your snoring. It would prove beneficial if you invest in a humidifier which will be able to help assist, somewhat, in the snoring issue at hand.
# 2 – Lose Weight If Your Overweight
This may sound like this isn’t a proper remedy, but it is. If you are overweight, you may have gathered a bit more fat tissue around your throat, and this could lead to your snoring. When the throat is blocked, this interrupts the air flow and thus creates the snoring sound.
# 3 – Raise The Head Of Your Bed
By simply elevating the top the bed by a few inches you can help to create a much easier passage for air to travel down your throat. As mentioned in the previous entry the reason that people snore is due in part to the airway being obstructed.
# 4 – Keep Up The Housecleaning
It may not be fun to do – cleaning up the house (thank heaven for our kids, right? ) but cleaning the household on a daily basis leaves home free from allergens and pollens and other dust particles that may cause some form of airflow blockage.
It is never fun cleaning up but having being woken up by the sound of someone snoring isn’t fun either. More importantly, having to be thrown out of the bed and told to sleep on the couch is even worse. So tidy up.
# 5 – Anti-Snoring Pills
This may seem like a no-brainer but where home remedies don’t help tough why not switch on over to DRUGS. No just kidding. But there are anti-snoring pills you can try that will help to reduce your snoring. These pills are herbal pills, and they are not manufactured meaning there will be no side effects from taking them.
Now it is salient to know that this remedy is somewhat up in the air. It has helped some whereas it hasn’t been so beneficial for others.
# 6 – Adjust Your Pillow
Finding a pillow that is just right is key in helping to reduce your snoring. You don’t want a pillow that is too fluffy as your head and neck will be in alignment, and you don’t want a pillow to form. But you are looking for that “Goldilocks Middle” where it is just right to keep the airflow.
# 7 – Practice Yoga
Now, this remedy may very well seem like a private entry, but Yoga has become such a popular holistic form of therapy for so many issues. Yoga is such a great remedy because to helps you to control your breathing and relax your muscles and body.
Now for this particular yoga entry, you want to practice Pranayama which is dedicated to learning how to control your breathing. You will master deep, slow and more importantly control breathing.
This particular yoga technique has been used to help many sleeping disorders and is a therapy that is highly recommended.
# 8 – Exercise Your Tongue and Throat
By exercising your tongue and your throat, you will be able to reduce the amount of snoring you do.
Here are a few exercises you can do to strengthen your tongue and throat.
- First off try to protrude your power jaw over the upper jaw. You want your teeth to show and then count to ten seconds slowly. Do this about 5 to 10 times a day.
- You can give your tongue a good workout by saying particular tongue twisters. In this scenario, you may find saying this phrase extremely beneficial for you, “The lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue.”
- Place your tongue out in front of you and move it to the left and right touching both the corner of your lips.
# 9 – Stop Drinking and Using Sedatives
This may very well be a difficult task for many but stopping drinking can also assist in helping to reduce the amount of snoring you do as well staking sedatives. Both alcohol and sedatives expand the throat and thus leads to a person snoring heavily at night, and this is particularly true for those heavy drinkers.
# 10 – Tennis Ball
Another esoteric remedy but one that has some validity to it. Place a tennis ball in your mid back pajamas or pants or gown (whatever you are wearing) and when you roll over on your back – which you want to be lying down on your side – the ball will remind you to turn over.
The ball acts as a bit of a punch in the back to remind you to stay on your side while you sleep. This is an excellent remedy for the person who just wants to hit the partner for snoring so loud but dense realizing it isn’t necessarily their fault.
Give These A Try
There are several more home remedies that you can try to stop your or your parents snoring. Snoring can be a massive problem for both parties, but it can be a problem that can easily be solved if the right steps are taken.
If you are looking to get a good nights sleep and are looking to try and stop your partners snoring then these remedies may very well be the panaceas you ahem even looking for. And the best thing about many of them is that they are entirely fee – especially the last one.
So why not give these a try today and get that good night rest you deserve.
This article first appeared at Swagger Magazine
Frances Anderson’s first memory of snoring was as a 13-year-old at boarding school, where she was “totally ostracised” for it.
With a genetic propensity for snoring — her mother could “take the roof off” — it was something that had been the “bane” of her life for years, Mrs Anderson says.
The catalyst for doing something about it came when she woke one morning and her husband told her she had stopped breathing in the night and that she needed to do something about it. She had already had surgery and tried various devices, none of which worked, and so she set about solving her problem.
Snoring, she explained, was a very embarrassing problem; not only did it often disturb a partner’s sleep, it sometimes led to people not doing activities, such as tramping, because of it. It also meant waking up tired, and was not only a health and wellbeing issue but also affected relationships.
About 40% of people over the age of 35 snored and the percentage increased with age, she said.
“I set about trying to solve my own problem and I did,” she said.
It led to “Patney” being launched on World Sleep Day, March 16.
The sleep positioner had been independently proven by the University of Otago’s WellSleep Centre to be effective in reducing snoring. Used in place of a normal pillow, it promoted a good sleep posture and supported an open airway so users could breathe freely. She believed it had the potential to become a global product, Mrs Anderson said.
Originally from Southland and now living in Tamahere, near Hamilton New Zealand, Mrs Anderson has a background in manufacturing, logistics and project management. She also spent 15 years living in Dunedin.
The name Patney was payback to her mother Pat, also a prolific snorer, for passing on the affliction, she quipped.
Her mother was called Patney by her grandchildren as a term of endearment and the name would now live on as an aid for snorers. Tired of dealing with the shame and guilt of being a snorer, she initially invented the product to help with her own snoring and didn’t think much more about it. Then several friends expressed interest in trying one out, leading to the development of her own business.
She came up with a product made of natural latex, which had an excellent “memory” as it bounced back to its original form . Natural latex also had a host of other benefits, including anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and that it was temperature neutral.
After importing some slabs of latex — and initially trying to cut it with a bread knife — she spent six months sculpting her product before taking her prototype and drawings to Sri Lanka, where the latex mould was made.
Throughout the process, she had been talking to Dr Angela Campbell from the WellSleep Centre, which then did a study of it, as she was not prepared to take it to market unless it was properly validated. The trial also went through the Ministry of Health’s ethics committee.
Mrs Anderson stressed it was not aimed at people with serious sleep apnoea who needed proper clinical assessment and possibly a sleep apnoea machine.
“I’m not a medical person, I’m a person that solved a problem — my problem,” she said.
It was individualised to a person’s height and weight and included various sophisticated features, she said.
Patney had been through the Hamilton-based business incubator SODA Inc and it had also been the recipient of several Callaghan Innovation grants. Many good people had been involved in the process and she could not have done it without them, she said.
This article was first published at https://www.odt.co.nz/business/embarrassing-problem-business-success