What causes Snoring?
Snoring occurs when breathing causes the tissues at the back of your throat to vibrate. In many cases, your snoring might have a direct relationship to your lifestyle. For example, if you are overweight, smoke, or if you consume alcohol you are more likely to snore because the tissues at the back of your throat relax, or are inflamed and create a vibration – a snore.
Snoring can be disruptive, annoying, and even force you and your partner to sleep in different rooms. In some cases, however, snoring can be an indication of a much more serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
What Can I Do to Stop Snoring?
You can take action to improve your snoring starting by losing some weight if you need to. Even losing as little as 5% to 10% of your body weight can have dramatic health benefits including reducing your airway constriction.
Next, you can avoid alcohol use. Using alcohol relaxes the muscles at the back of your throat and causes the tissue to block your airway, creating snores.
Avoiding tobacco can also provide benefits. Tobacco contains irritants and can cause inflammation at the back of your throat, causing your tissue to vibrate more loudly than it would otherwise.
Finally, having an evaluation to rule out OSA is important. Sleep apnea is a life threatening condition that limits your body’s access to oxygen because of a blocked airway. This increases your risks for certain conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, memory problems, and fatigue.
Sleep apnea also prevents you from achieving a good night’s sleep, leaving you groggy, tired, and worn down. In order to determine if you suffer from sleep apnea, you will need a sleep study with an accredited sleep clinic. Their take home or overnight testing can determine if you suffer from OSA or you just have a loud case of snoring. Either way, we can help you get a better night’s sleep with an oral appliance designed to help keep your airway open while you sleep.
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