Snoring - needs more attention
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Snoring is common phenomenon in modern society as obesity is becoming more popular due to increasing calorie intake and fat deposition.  Snoring is caused by things such as your tongue, mouth, throat or airways vibrating while breathing.  It is prominent during sleep for your body to relax and airways to narrow as you are asleep.  Long term snoring is not only a nuisance for your bed partner, but also impairs your own sleep quality and can even lead to sleep apnoea where the airways can fully obstruct. 

This situation may cause excessive daytime sleepiness which can lead to a period desaturation & arousal from sleep. Daytime sleepiness is harmful for personal sociability, and can even increase the risk of traffic accidents. Moreover, it is associated with various health problem such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and so on.  Most citizens don't really pay much attention to these serious problems.

For our team at St Thomas', under Professor Joerg Steier, solving snoring associated medical problem is the main purpose in current research work - the TESLA home trial. We previously published a successful trial about TESLA (transcutaneous electrical stimulation of the laryngeal airway) as an alternative to CPAP and we look forward to making progress by taking this to the community (TESLA home).

By Dr Baiting He.
Originally published 11 November 2018 , updated 13/11/2019

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Dr Deeban Ratneswaran


Looking forward to more blogs about the work we are doing with Prof Steier. The results from 'TESLA home' will be very interesting and could be beneficial to patients who are unable to tolerate CPAP. Good work.

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