Focus: They do what ...? Byways of the charity world - The British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association

Mathew Little

The association was formed in 1991 to help snorers and their long-suffering bed partners.

Snoring, it seems, is no laughing matter. An exhaustive survey by the association found the issue caused such friction between couples that 70 per cent affected by snoring sleep in separate rooms and a quarter hardly ever make love. One female respondent said: "My snoring contributed to my partner wanting a divorce."

For the desperate, the association offers practical help, although this does involve fitting an appliance. For mouth-based snorers there is the Somni Snore Guard, an 'oral vestibular shield', which has been featured on Tomorrow's World. For tongue-based snorers, there is the 'mandibular advancement device', which resembles a pair of joke chattering teeth.

However, the association warns it might not be effective for people who suffer from a condition known as "Jimmy Hill chin".

If all else fails, the association also sells ear plugs.

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