Snoring is a common problem, affecting 45% of normal adults who snore occasionally and 25 % who are habitual snorers. As snoring is potentially dangerous, if you are a habitual snorer you should find a solution today before your health, job and family suffer.
Snoring should be analyzed with a sleep study to determine whether treatment is necessary. This is especially true when snoring is accompanied by daytime fatigue and other symptoms of a sleeping disorder called sleep apnea. If sleep apnea is discovered, a variety of treatment options can be explored.
What makes you snore?
Snoring seems to occur most often when the soft palate relaxes during the transition from light sleep to deep sleep. When these tissues are too large, snoring can be the result. In some cases, sleep apnea can also occur. Although not all snorers have sleep apnea, the link between snoring and sleep apnea is well established.
A variety of issues, in addition to an oversized soft palate, can make snoring more likely to occur. For example, being overweight increases the risk. A large uvula can also make noise during night time breathing. Obstruction of nasal breathing by allergies, deviated septum or enlarged adenoids can cause or contribute to the problem. Finally, alcohol intake before bedtime has been linked to snoring.
How snoring can be tackled
Snoring often responds to simple lifestyle changes. Many people notice that their snoring improves when they lose excess weight. Drinking less alcohol, especially before bedtime, can also help. Sleeping on the left side and avoiding sleeping on the back is best for patients prone to snoring. Irrigating the nasal passages, using hypoallergenic or wedge pillows and drinking plenty of water are a few more options that can help stop snoring.
When these solutions don’t eliminate the problem, clinical treatment may be necessary.
The traditional treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). While effective, CPAP can be noisy and uncomfortable. For the many people who can’t tolerate CPAP, we have an alternative, a Somnomed oral appliance.
A Somnomed oral appliance offers reliable, gentle, comfortable breathing assistance far less invasive than CPAP and it is based on sound science. Using Somnomed oral appliances, we are able to offer our sleep apnea patients gentle, comfortable breathing assistance that is far less invasive than CPAP, but often equally reliable. In some cases, CPAP use can be minimized with oral appliance collaboration, allowing patients to enjoy the benefits of both without the time commitment.
Time to stop all that snoring and get a better night’s sleep?
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