Snoring – why you should care

By Yvonne Vannoort, The Dentist

Snoring, or any breathing that is audible, is a sign of airway restriction. As air is sucked in and out, it is the airway that vibrates causing the noise. When the airway is partially or fully closed, it is this noise or vibration that puts your brain on alert.

It can happen many times a night which results in poor sleep quality and tiredness during the day. Tired people are more likely to be irritable and short tempered and that affects relationships with spouses or partners and family. They, too, can suffer disturbed sleep from your snoring which makes them tired.

A tired brain doesn’t concentrate well and can result in poor memory that affects work life as well.

Disturbed sleep associated with snoring can result in an enhanced appetite which can cause weight gain and makes the problem even worse. Then there is also a higher risk of heart disease, strokes and other health issues.

People with snoring problems are more likely to need the bathroom at night as hormones that affect the bladder are disrupted. Impotence can also be related to sleeping disorders.

Alcohol makes snoring worse as it relaxes the muscles of the airway. Sleeping on one’s back has much the same result as gravity affects the airway. Women after menopause are at a higher risk of sleep disturbances and snoring too.

The good news is that there are ways to monitor your sleep at night and find out what’s happening. We have a device that screens your sleep when at home and, depending on the result, we can make a simple device which can be worn comfortably in the mouth at night. It brings your lower jaw forward and opens the airway.

People who have been prescribed CPAP machines can benefit from these as well.

Health wise, relationships wise, work wise… it is very wise to care if you snore! Contact us if you do.

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