Earplugs may help with sleep apnoea

Wearing earplugs may help with obstructive sleep apnoea by preventing people from waking themselves up with the sound of their own snoring, a study suggests.

Researchers investigating breathing-related ‘microarousals’ that can affect the stages of sleep wanted to test whether - contrary to previous assumptions - the sound of snoring might be responsible.

“The widespread assumption that internally generated, monotonous, and recurrent snoring sounds are habituating, ignored by the brain, and incapable of arousing the sleeper has