Snoring Isn't Normal
Most people think that snoring is just what some people do. However, sleeping should be a silent activity. Snoring is not natural and unless you are suffering from a cold or congestion, you should breathe effortlessly when you are awake or asleep.
Yet night after night, 1 in 3 adults snore on a regular babsis and up to 50% snore occassionally. This comes out to 80 million regularly snoring adults in the United States.
Snoring also occurs in children. Studies have shown that up to 7% of children snore habitually and 20% snore occassionally.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring may be more than a nuissance. The sound you hear when someone snores is a vibration caused by an obstruction in the airway. Not good! The snoring sound comes from the uvula, the back of the tongue or the other soft tissues of the throat flapping as air passes over them when you breathe during sleep.
This obstruction causes a decrease of air flow to the lungs, resulting in a lack of oxygen to the brain. Airway blockage is the root cause of all snoring problems.
Why Can Snoring Be Dangerous?
Snoring can be indicative of a more serious health problem called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that can increase your risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart failure and stroke. Sleep apnea is defined as a cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more, occurring more than 4 times per hour during sleep.
It is usually characterized by loud snoring sounds interrupted by periods of silence in which no air passes into the lungs. This lack of oxygen and increase in carbon dioxide will alert the person to partially awaken, forcing the airway to open with a loud gasp. This harmful pattern can occur dozens of times per hour, leading to excessive daytime sleepiness and feelings of unrefreshed sleep upon awakening.
The most effective way to terminate snoring is with a snore guard. This is an appliance that fits over both the upper and lower teeth. It is made from extremely soft rubber, which is comfortable to wear. The appliance moves the lower jaw forward, which open the airway in the back of the throat. This prevents snoring and allows more oxygen to the lungs.
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