Snoring can be a large (or at least loud) problem in some households. I bring this up because restorative sleep is hard to come by these days, and it’s one area that will wear us down and cause our immune systems to wimp out if it’s neglected.
When we don’t get enough sleep, everything gets a little harder. We are grumpier, and we tend to eat more and exercise less. If snoring is keeping you awake, there is something we can do about that!
Let’s talk about what snoring is, why it happens, and what can be done about it.
Are Your Loved Ones Complaining?
Snoring is caused by jaw and tongue muscles that are just a little too relaxed. When the airway is obstructed or the sinuses congested, snoring results.
Did you know that one in four people snore habitually? Snoring is slightly more prevalent in men than women.
There are a few things that can make snoring worse. Alcohol relaxes us and our jaw muscles, making snoring more pronounced. Putting on a little extra weight can cause us to snore more intensely than normal. And certain medications—like those for allergies or congestion—can turn up the volume on our snoring, as they knock us out for the night.
I feel I should mention that we do not diagnose sleep apnea in our office. If you think your particular issue is something more serious than mere snoring, consult your physician. Sleep apnea can be a very serious condition and needs to be diagnosed via a sleep study; treatment usually involves a CPAP machine.
But, if snoring alone is the issue, we would love to help!
We Can Help
We love to help all our patients live healthier lives. So, we make snore guards right in our office. A snore guard is an appliance you wear at night that helps keep your airway open, holds your jaw in place, and pushes your lower jaw forward so you won’t snore.
If you think you might be a good candidate for a snore guard, please visit our website or give us a call to schedule an appointment.
Here’s to a restful and quiet night’s sleep!
~Dr. Marea White