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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.
Three key factors that may contribute to snoring:
Excess weight or obesity (can contribute to fatty tissues in the throat which narrows the airway)
Alcohol or medications with sedative effects (can cause throat muscles to relax more than usual)
Sleeping Position (sleeping on your back can cause gravity to pull your jaw and tongue back, narrowing the airway and creating tissue vibrations ie: snoring)
Of these key factors, research has indicated that 60% of all snorers will snore most often while sleeping on their back!
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:
The potential health impacts of snoring are many. The reduction in oxygen flow to the brain caused by snoring over time can lead to:
High blood pressure
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:
Loss of intimacy
Sleep Apnea – Causes & Impact
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder affecting children and adults and is characterized by pauses in the breath during sleep. These episodes or apneas last long enough that one or two breaths are missed and may happen a few times or several hundred times per night. The cause of OSA is typically due to the collapse of the tissue in the back of the nose leading to an obstruction of the airway.
The word ‘apnea’ actually means ‘without breath’ and is a very serious condition which can lead to:
It is recommended that you consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment if you suspect that you may be suffering from snoring, sleep apnea or any of the above conditions.
There are many treatment options available for people suffering from snoring and/or sleep apnea. Some popular medical treatments for sleep apnea and snoring remedies include:
Positional Therapy is a form of treatment that relates to your sleeping position. For both snorers and sufferers of sleep apnea, avoiding sleeping on the back can be the simplest and most cost effective form of treatment. 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 often used as a last resort to treating obstructive 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 known to be an effective form of treatment but is very intrusive and not guaranteed to work for all patients.
Many doctors also recommend lifestyle changes including avoiding food and alcohol before bed, exercise and weight management.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
I snore, does that mean I have sleep apnea?
Snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea. You can take a self test [here] to see if you are experiencing other symptoms of sleep apnea. If you suspect that you may be suffering from sleep apnea or any of the serious side effects of sleep apnea, it is recommended that you speak with your doctor for a medical diagnosis.
How do I know if positional therapy will help me stop snoring or treat my obstructive sleep apnea?
If you tend to stop snoring or can breathe easier when sleeping on your side, positional therapy may work for you. The best way to find out is to try it for yourself. The Anti Snore Shirt and Bumper Belt cost less than $40 USD and are backed by a guarantee. You really have nothing to lose by trying out a simple positional sleeper product.
Why do I need the Anti Snore Shirt to help me sleep on my side?
Products like the Anti Snore Shirt make it virtually impossible for you to shift into a supine (on the back) sleeping position. If positional therapy works for you, it makes sense to use the Anti Snore Shirt or Bumper Belt to help you maintain the optimal sleeping position – once you fall asleep you are no longer in control of how you sleep!
I use a CPAP or Oral retainer to help with my sleep apnea, do I need an anti snore shirt too?
Ask your doctor! Maybe patients suffering from serious cases of obstructive sleep apnea can see further benefits in pairing positional therapy with their medical devices. One will not interfere with the other. The Anti Snore Shirt will likely be a positive supplement to your CPAP or oral retainer devices.
My husband snores and when I push him onto his side he seems to stop snoring, will Rematee cure his snoring?
Over 60% of snorers will stop snoring or snore less when sleeping on their sides, so it is very possible that simply wearing a Rematee to bed can help prevent your husband from snoring while he sleeps.
Are they comfortable to wear?
The Anti Snore Shirt is made from 100% breathable cotton and is not different that wearing a normal t-shirt. The three bumpers on the back of the shirt are made of extremely light-weight inflatable plastic. Once you get used to wearing the shirt, you will never know the bumpers are there.
How long will it take to get used to wearing the Rematee?
Most people will experience a good night’s sleep immediately. Generally, it should not take more than a few nights to get accustomed; however, if you usually sleep on your back it may take up to a few weeks.
I don’t like wearing a t-shirt to bed, how can Rematee help me?
If you are unable to get accustomed to wearing a t-shirt to bed, try the REMATEE Bumper Belt. It is fully adjustable and can be work around the upper waist without the use of a t-shirt. Like the Anti-Snore Shirt, it may take a few nights to get used to wearing the Bumper Belt, but the Bumper Belt is just as effective in keeping you sleeping on your side as the t-shirt.
What if I try a Rematee and it doesn't work for me?
Rematee backs all of our products with a 30 day 100% money back guarantee
What do Doctors think about Rematee
Over 600 Doctors and Sleep Centers have been recommending Rematee's line of positional sleeping solutions.
Is Rematee Certified to cure Sleep Apnea?
No. Rematee does not have FDA approval as a treatment for sleep apnea. Extensive clinical trials are underway to determine if positional sleeping solutions can be used to treat sleep apnea. You should consult your physician to see if positional therapy can help treat your sleep apnea.
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