Approximately half or all of adults have snored at some point in their life. During sleep, our muscles relax, including the muscles of the upper airway. In many people, this can cause the airway to partially or completely close. Snoring is the sound caused by the vibration of tissues of a partially blocked upper airway.
Is Snoring a sign of a serious medical problem?
Possibly. Snoring can lead to disrupted sleep for both snorers and their partners. Snoring may be a warning sign of Sleep Apnea, a dangerous life threatening condition. About 20 to 50 percent of snorers have Sleep Apnea.
A sleep physician is a specialist that is best trained to evaluate whether or not your snoring is a sign of a more serious condition.
In many cases, evaluation involves the need to be monitored during sleep. In most cases, this can be done in the comfort and convenience of your home.
Tips for dealing with Snoring
Avoid sleeping on your back
Sewing a tennis ball to the back of your sleep garment is a simple and inexpensive way to prevent rolling on your back during sleep
Avoid alcohol , muscle relaxants and/or sedatives before bedtime
Maintain a healthy body weight
Stay well hydrated
Discuss your snoring with your physician. He may recommend a further evaluation by a sleep specialist.
A dental appliance can often effectively treat both Snoring and Sleep Apnea. Dental appliances can safely be made only for patients who have had their condition evaluated by a physician.