You may be among the 60% of normal adults who snore at least occasionally or you likely know someone who does. He (or she) may be the brunt of jokes at family gatherings. However, snoring is not a laughing matter.
Snoring is more common in men than in women. When you sleep, the muscles in the back of the roof of your mouth (soft palate), tongue, and throat relax. If they relax too much, they narrow or block your airway. As you breathe, your soft palate and uvula vibrate and knock against the back of your throat. This causes the sounds you hear during snoring. The tonsils and adenoids may also vibrate.
Habitual snoring can be a sign of a serious health problem, including obstructive sleep apnea. In fact, 75% of snorers have Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea creates several problems:
- Interruptions of breathing (lasting from a few seconds to minutes) during sleep caused by partial or total obstruction or blockage of the airway
- Frequent waking from sleep, even though you may not realize it
- Light sleeping. Waking up so many times a night interferes with the normal pattern of sleep, causing more time to be spent in light sleep than in more restorative, deeper sleep.
- Strain on the heart. Prolonged suffering from obstructive sleep apnea often results in higher blood pressure and may cause enlargement of the heart, with higher risks of heart attack and stroke.
- Poor night’s sleep. This leads to drowsiness during the day and can interfere with your quality of life and increase risk for car accidents more the tissue vibrates, and the louder the snoring is.
Don’t spend another sleepless night! Take action! You can fight this condition with affordable, custom-made snore prevention devices that are flexible, thin and comfortable! These dental appliances help reduce or eliminate snoring by moving the lower jaw forward, opening the airway to allow air to move more freely. I personally wear one every night! They can be made with just a few easy dental impressions and usually takes about a week to fabricate. Make an appointment for a free consultation to see how you and your partner can sleep peacefully again!