Snoring - Causes & Impact
Snoring is often caused when the muscles at the back of the throat and tongue relax during sleep. While sleeping on your back your airway can narrow which results in vibrations as the air passes through. These vibrations are what causes the snoring sound.
Snoring can negatively impact a person's sleep quality, health, and even their relationships.
Some snorers snore loudly enough that they wake themselves during the night or they wake their partners who return the favour with a flying elbow. These disrupted sleep cycles can gradually erode sleep patterns which can cause:
In addition to sleep and health considerations, snoring can lead to significant strife in a relationship. The loss of sleep, for both partners, can be poisonous to a relationship and often causes one partner to sleep in a separate bedroom. If not addressed, snoring in a relationship can result in:
Treatment OptionsPositional Therapy: Avoiding sleeping on the back can be the simplest and least invasive option. Positional therapy can also be used to supplement other forms of treatment to increase their effectiveness. Research indicates that 60% of all snorers snore more heavily while sleeping on their back.
CPAP - (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure): Is a form of treatment that uses a machine to keep an apnea sufferer's airway opne. The machine delivers a constant flow of air pressure through a mask that the user wears while sleeping. This form of treatment is know to be very effective, but can be uncomfortable for the user and also expensive to obtain.
Oral Devices: Work like a retainer and are worn in the mouth while sleeping. They were created to keep the user's throat open by moving the jaw forward and forcing the tongue into a forward position. Oral devices can be uncomfortable to wear and prohibitively expensive.
Surgery Is used as a last resort to treating sleep apnea. There are several different types of surgery which involve removing excess tissue from the throat and nose — which causes the snoring sound and obstructs the airways. Surgery is very intrusive and not guaranteed to work for all patients.
Many doctors also recommend lifestyle changes including exercise, weight management and avoiding food and alcohol before bed
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