A device that provides training for the muscles around the tongue can be a new way to tackle snoring.
The device, implanted in the skin of the chin during a 15-minute procedure, contains a stimulator that emits impulses to activate nerves and muscles to prevent the tongue and airways from collapsing during sleep – a major cause of snoring.
The U-shaped device, about the size of a thumb nail, is located between two nerves in the chin and is activated every night by placing a sticky patch with a chip that wirelessly turns on the stimulator to start working.
It has been approved for use in the UK following a recent study that found significant improvements in obstructive sleep apnea or OSA symptoms.
Here the soft tissue around the airways, including the tongue, relaxes and collapses repeatedly during sleep, interrupting normal breathing and interrupting breathing, also known as apnea.
This can block the air flow for ten seconds or more, which can interrupt sleep and cause fatigue during the day. In the longer term, it has been associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack.
A device that provides training for the muscles around the tongue can be a new way to tackle snoring. The device, implanted in the skin of the chin during a 15-minute procedure, contains a stimulator that emits impulses to activate nerves and muscles to prevent the tongue and airways from collapsing during sleep – a major cause of snoring
The condition leads to loud snoring if the collapsed tissues obstruct normal airflow.
Up to two million people in the UK have obstructive sleep apnea.
It is linked to obesity and losing excess weight can help because it puts pressure on soft tissues.
Certain medicines can also increase the risk of sleep apnea.
One of the most effective treatments is continuous positive airway pressure, with a mask worn during sleep that provides a continuous supply of low pressure compressed air to keep the airway open and hold the tongue in place.
No less than one third of patients leave because they have problems wearing the device and find it too noisy to sleep with.
The new system, developed by the Belgian company Nyxoah, consists of three parts; an implanted stimulation device, an activation chip and patch.
The device is implanted under the chin into the skin using a local anesthetic.
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Once in place, the stimulator is invisible and not perceptible to the patient. The device has electrodes on both sides of the "U" that are located over each of the two branches of the hypoglossal nerve, which run through the chin and regulate the muscles around the tongue.
Patients receive small self-adhesive plasters that look like regular plasters to stick onto the implanted device on the skin every night.
In addition to a small chip, the patch contains a battery to feed it sufficiently to activate the implanted stimulator.
The patch is removed every morning and placed on the charger. The implant can remain in place indefinitely.
The system emits signals to the hypoglossal nerve that act on the muscles around the tongue during the night to cause them to contract and prevent them from falling asleep.
It is now approved for use in the UK and the rest of Europe after a trial at seven centers in France and Australia.
The manufacturer says that the results will be published this year and that the symptoms have improved considerably.
A new trial with 110 patients is underway at the Medical Sleep Center, Mannheim in Germany.
Jaydip Ray, professor of otology and neurotology at the University of Sheffield, said about the device: & # 39; This is very exciting for OSA – minimally invasive and unobtrusive, wearing comfort and a long battery life, makes it all the more attractive.
"Long-term results from the new tests would be interesting."
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Stress causes the fight or flight response that inhibits digestion – meaning that nutrients are not absorbed as they should.
"For example, some irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms – a common symptom of stress – may lead to magnesium deficiency, leading to fatigue and nausea," says dietitian Jo Travers.
"Stress can lead to diarrhea, which in turn can lead to poor absorption of nutrients due to the shorter transit time of food through the gut."
It is a vicious circle, because if it is emphasized, the body needs more nutrients, but is robbed of it. In particular, it requires B vitamins, essential for brain function and therefore for mental health. It also needs magnesium, which helps block the stress hormone.
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