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Sleep Apnea Breathing & Snoring

Snoring/Apnea - Sleep Disorders

Snoring is due to obstructed airway movement during breathing while sleeping. When the air flow in obstructed from your mouth and nose it causes a vibration in the walls of the throat causing a loud sound known as snoring. Some causes of snoring come from obstructed nasal airways, poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue, bulky throat tissue, usually found in overweight individuals, and one of the most common causes long soft palate and/or uvula (which is the dangling tissue in back of the mouth).

As many as half of adults snore sometimes.  Did you know 1in15 Americans have a snoring problem (loud, chronic snoring)?  Snoring can disrupt marriages, your job performance due to sleepless nights for them and their bed-partners.  Snoring can even be a deal breaker in the early stages of an intimate relationship. The emotional costs of snoring are as severe as snoring's physical damage.

Snoring is not only disruptive to your relationship, more importantly can be a sign of a serious disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Snoring is one of the first signs of obstructive sleep apnea.

Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol close to bedtime or sleeping on your side, can help stop snoring.

In addition, medical devices and surgery are available that may reduce disruptive snoring. However, these aren't suitable or necessary for everyone who snores.

Most Common and Symptoms of Chronic Snoring and Disrupted Sleep:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Dozing off while driving
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Lack of focus
  • Decreased sex drive

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