Snoring Affects Everyone
How to stop snoring? That's a big question, and its a question for most of America. According to a 2002 poll by The National Sleep Foundation, about 40% of adult men and 24% of adult women are habitual snorers. That’s a lot of us who are making a lot of noise in our sleep. For those of us who are not snoring, chances are we sleep with a partner who snores.
The problem with snoring isn’t just the noise and disruption to your partner. It’s also doing a number on your health.
Risks to Habitual Snorers
- Heart Disease
- Sudden Death from Arrhythmia
- Daytime Tiredness
- Morning Headaches
- Lower Testosterone and Libido
- Reduced Immune System
- Mental Fogginess
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Weight Gain
What makes the snoring sound?
When you crawl into bed, get comfy and start to drift off to sleep, its not just your brain that’s starting to relax. Its all your muscles, including those in your throat. When those muscles relax, your tongue falls back and your throat becomes more narrow. With every breath, in and out, the walls of your throat vibrate. This causes your classic, and sometimes humorous, snoring sound.
The narrower the airway, the greater the vibration and often the louder the sound. In some cases the air way completely collapses causing lapses in breath, this is known as sleep apnea.
The Importance of Restorative Sleep
Don't I need a sleep study if I snore?
How to Stop Snoring
If you or your partner snore, the best solution is to come in for a comprehensive exam. Snoring can be caused by blockage at any combination of three levels in the airway; the nose, the palate and the tongue. We can’t decipher the culprit without an exam. In the mean time there are a few things you can do to help with snoring issues.
- Loose Weight
- Sleep on your side instead of your back
- Avoid alcohol as it tends to relax the throat muscles
- Treat allergies
In office we have many solutions depending on what is causing your snoring. These could include injection snoreplasty, UPPP, Inspire Sleep Therapy, tongue and throat procedures, and dental appliances, among others.
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