Did you know that almost half of Americans, 48% to be exact, reported they snore in a recent CDC report? That means if you’re married, it’s likely either you or your spouse have a snoring problem. Which as we all know means you BOTH have a snoring problem!
So, snoring affects A LOT of people, but do you know what causes you or your partner to snore? Let’s find out…
What is Snoring & What Causes It?
Snoring is a noise generate by people while they sleep, with the type of noise and volume of noise differing from person to person. Some people barely make a sound at all while others sound like a buzz saw cutting through wood in a carpenter’s shop.
Almost everyone snores every now and then, however for many people it becomes a chronic condition, affecting their positive sleep patterns, resulting in a variety of unwanted complications such as:
- Drowsiness or sleepiness during the day
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing on tasks
- Difficulty controlling emotions such as frustration or anger
- Associated with learning issues, especially in children
- A higher risk of high blood pressure, heart conditions and stroke
- Associated with a higher risk of work and auto accidents due to sleepiness & drowsiness
The condition can affect anyone, although it is mostly found in men, and people who are overweight. Additionally, if you snore, the severity of your snoring tends to progress as you age. Additionally, drinking alcohol, having nasal issues, having a narrow breathing airway, or having a family history of snoring are also risk factors that contribute to the condition’s appearance.
What are The Symptoms of Snoring?
It’s important to be aware of the not so obvious symptoms of snoring, that could be associated with another disorder, Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Not all snoring is an indication of OSA, but it’s important to be aware and consult a doctor if you think you may be experiencing any of the below symptoms:
- Pauses in breath during sleep
- Habitual daytime drowsiness and sleepiness
- Prolonged headaches when waking up
- Sore throat in the morning
- Feelings of choking or gasping for air during sleep
- Nighttime chest pain
- Difficulty concentrating
Typically, Obstructive Sleep Apnea is accompanied by loud snoring and a long period of silence when breathing has stopped, which could occur 5 or more times per hour. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we suggest seeing a doctor for a sleep test to diagnose your issue.
Ways You Can Prevent Snoring
The good news is there are ways to prevent snoring and help mitigate the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Some of them are simple and easy ways you can try right now at home such as…..
- Losing weight
- Changing sleep positions (Try on your side)
- If you smoke, quit
- Treat nasal congestions or obstruction
- Limit or avoid alcohol and sedatives
- Try sleeping with your head slightly elevated
In some cases, it may take more than this, however, particularly in the case for snorers who have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. For these people, there are multiple options such as Sleep Apneas surgery, or the less invasive CPAP or VPAP machines.
However, for many, these machines or surgery are simply too expensive, or are so uncomfortable they encourage deviation from use, resulting in more snoring and OSA symptoms.
Recently, more and more people have turned to a convenient and effective form of treatment, oral sleep devices. These devices can be molded perfectly to fit the contours of your mouth, making for a relaxing, comfortable fit, easy to wear throughout the night.
These Oral Sleep Appliances are a great substitute for CPAP machines, giving patients much more freedom to move throughout the night, and resulting in much lower overall costs. These mouthguards move the jaw forward, opening the airways for better airflow throughout the night.
For more information and details on these oral sleep appliances or sleep mouthguards, check out our selection and contact us today!