Snoring happens as a result of partial obstruction of the airflow through one's upper airway during their sleep. When the soft palate that has partially blocked the airflow in the throat vibrates, it causes the snoring sound to broadcast through the person's nose, mouth, or both. People often snore when they are overweight, but snoring can also happen to thin people. Alcohol and smoking also contribute to snoring.
Snoring can disrupt your sleep and that of those around you. Snoring can also be a sign that you have sleep apnea.
Snoring can result in the following symptoms:
Snoring is a common problem that occurs during sleep. Some estimates show that as many as 30% of adults snore at least occasionally. The condition can be extremely disruptive to a good night's sleep for the other person, as well as cause relationship problems.
Snoring can be caused or worsened by several factors:
Snoring is typically caused by an obstructed airway. When the soft tissue in a person's throat relaxes, the airway narrows and air cannot flow easily through the mouth and nose. Snoring can occur when sleeping on the back or side.
Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are similar in many terms. However, OSA is a much more dangerous condition. Snoring is the result of partial obstruction of the airway, whereas OSA occurs when the airway is entirely blocked. Patients with OSA experience blockages in the airway for 10 seconds or longer. During this time, the brain and body may not receive enough oxygen, causing heart rate and blood pressure to rise. OSA is more common in people who are overweight and may experience this dangerous condition when they are sleeping on their back.
A custom-made oral appliance can address snoring and obstructive sleep apnea by holding the lower jaw forward. This gives you a greater air passageway, reducing snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
The other medical Solutions for snoring include the following:
If you or your partner are a snorer, here are steps you can take to reduce your snoring.
To learn more about our services for sleep apnea, call us at (971) 339-0816 or visit the Sleep Health Partners office at 9370 SW Greenburg Rd, Suite 422 Rd Suite 422, Portland 97223.
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