During normal sleep the muscles of the tongue and soft palate work to hold your airway open. However for some people these muscles start to lose their tone (firmness) and the diameter of airway reduces. The narrow airway makes breathing more difficult and the loss of tone in the muscles of the airway allow the tissues to vibrate. This vibration creates the snoring sound. Snoring sounds may be made in the nose or in the mouth, either behind the tongue or from the soft palate.
If the tissues relax enough, the airway closes off. This is called: obstructive sleep apnoea.
Drinking alcohol makes the muscles more floppy and snoring will be louder.
Lying on your back allows the tongue to fall back in the mouth or the jaw to drop open making the snoring worse. Loud snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea, but sometimes it is just loud snoring.
This video explains in detail how apneas and snoring are produced while you sleep. See and hear as respiratory flow, respiratory effort, brain waves, and snoring sounds are matched together to illustrate the effects of this disease. When you've viewed this video, you'll have a much better understanding of what's going on within your own body.
Loud snorers can wake themselves because of the noise. This creates many of the same symptoms we see in obstructive sleep apnoea.
- o Daytime sleepness, driver fatigue and car accidents.
- o Memory problems.
- o Poor functioning at work 'Brain fog'.
- o Susceptibility to stress and irritability.
- o Headaches.
- o Weight gain.
- o Blood pressure and heart problems.
Recent research shows a possible link to snorers being more likely to suffer a stroke.
One of the largest concerns of a snorer is the strain it puts on ther relationship. It isn't much fun being kicked out to sleep on the lounge or in the spare bedroom or sleeping alone.
Are you prepared to risk any of these problems? Maybe you are already noticing some of these signs. Read on to see how a dentist can help
Isn't it time you understood the cause of your problem?
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