A nasal spray could become a new treatment for sleep apnea, which triggers snoring.
Scientists from John Hopkins University in the US has successfully tested the experimental technique on mice, reports the Daily Mail.
Doctors hope that the spray, which includes leptin (the”hunger hormone”), replace the bulky mask that are now used for the treatment of sleep apnea.
It should be noted that “hunger hormone” is produced in fat cells primarily in your abdomen and tells the brain when the stomach is full. However, recently scientists have also discovered that the hormone plays an important role in other vital functions, including breathing.
Studies indicate that leptin is involved in lung development in childhood and adolescence, as well as stimulate the breathing process, and therefore can act as a means of treatment for sleep apnea.
The doctors decided to test this theory on mice. The animals were divided into two groups. For four months one half of the rodents were kept on a diet high in fat, while others sprayed the spray.
Studies have shown that mice that regularly inhaled leptin less likely to suffer from apnea during sleep. The oxygen level in the blood was 40% higher in the group of leptin than mice sitting on a fat diet.
In the future, scientists hope to test the spray on people, and then, if the method is successful, the drug will go on sale three years later.
Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the airway relax to such an extent that fully close, and the breathing stops for ten seconds. Snoring often accompanies sleep apnea.
Typically, this condition is treated with donning oxygen masks for the night, but not all people find it comfortable, so the spray could remedy this situation.
Recall, young women were the leaders in the ranking of most snoring.
As reported by the portal “Znayu” two hours a day — the optimal time use of the gadget for children.
Also “Znayu” I wrote that sleep simply is vital to some people.
Dave Zakarian has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Koz Post, Dave Zakarian worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella.