Happy Summer! Planning a vacation? If so, don’t be THAT guy or girl who wakes up the extended family snoring all night! There is a solution! Nearly 60 percent of the adult population suffers from problem snoring. This percentage increases each year in people aged 50 and older, as tissues in the upper airway lose elasticity and tend to vibrate more during breathing, increasing the incidence of snoring.
Snoring occurs when air travels faster through a narrow tube than through a broad one. This rapidly moving air causes the relaxed soft tissues of the throat to vibrate. It is this vibration that creates the sound of snoring.
This narrowing of the upper airway can be due to large tonsils, a long uvula (the small piece of soft tissue that dangles from the soft palate over the back of the tongue) or excessive flabby tissue in the throat. In other cases, nasal congestion from allergies or deformities of the cartilage between the two sides of the nose can contribute to narrowing of the airway.
However, the most common cause of narrowing of the upper airway is a tongue muscle that becomes too relaxed during sleep. When relaxed, the muscle is sucked into the back of the throat with each breath taken.
- Sixty percent of men and 40 percent of women over the age of 40 are habitual snorers.1
- Snoring is common in children between the ages 2 and 7, particularly if they have a chest infection or enlarged tonsils.
- Snoring is also commonly experienced by women during the later stages of pregnancy.
Snorers experience fatigue, morning headaches, dry mouth, relationship difficulties, lower blood oxygen levels and other associated consequences. Also, taking into account the snorer’s spouse and children, as many as 160 million people are negatively affected by snoring. Snoring can also cause embarrassment or humiliation when traveling with others.
But there is hope! Snorers can fight the 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. The device can be made with just a few easy dental impressions and usually takes about a week to fabricate.
Spare your family! Get a snore guard so you ALL can rest!