Many women and men of all ages make a sawing, murmuring, humming sound when they breathe while sleeping, known as snoring. This noise can sometimes be so loud that it disturbs others. As people age, they are increasingly likely to snore, and to snore louder. Some who snore also stop breathing at times, for a minimum of 10 seconds (apnoea). During these pauses, the brain emits an alarm signal, causing the snorer to enter a lighter sleep or even wake up (feeling groggy and panicked). Overall, this reduces the quality of sleep and people no longer feel rested when they wake, plus they feel tired and sleepy throughout the day, causing them to be irritable and experience memory and concentration problems as well as suffer depression and loss of libido. In more extreme cases, sleep apnoea can sustain, exacerbate or even cause diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Click here for more information on sleep disorders. Through polysomnography, an ENT specialist can confirm obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Perform a sleep apnoea self-test here. M2 dental practitioners works in conjunction with the Dutch Sleep Institute, Reinier de Graaf guesthouse (Voorburg/Delft) and the Alrijne hospital (Leiden). Our sleep therapy practitioner can treat snoring and mild to moderate OSA with an MRA, a brace that holds the lower jaw in a more forward position while sleeping, and keeps the windpipe open. This helps to stop snoring and reduce pauses in breathing. In the case of OSA, the MRA is fully covered by your insurance. The sleep therapy practitioner is accredited by the Dutch Society of Dental Sleep Therapy.