A common question people ask us is, “How do I stop snoring?” In addition to driving your partner crazy, chronic snoring can be a warning sign of a serious sleep disorder. Treating the issue can you help you rest better and may improve your overall health.
What You Can Do To Stop Snoring?
Question: Why do we snore?
Answer: We snore when our airways become partially blocked. This happens as a result of collapsing soft tissue in the back of the mouth and throat, which become overly relaxed during sleep. Air is forced through the partially blocked way during sleep, vibrating surrounding tissue and creating the snoring noise.
Question: Is snoring related to sleep apnea?
Answer: In many cases this can be a symptom of the disorder, since sleep apnea happens when the airways become completely blocked and the patient stops breathing. The brain must then wake the patient up to start breathing, interrupting sleep. Other related symptoms include exhaustion, irritability, difficult focusing at work or school, and episodes of waking up gasping for air or possibly choking.
Question: Can I stop on my own?
Answer: You may be able to take steps to alleviate your symptoms. Possible options include losing weight, sleeping on your side instead of your back, avoiding alcohol before bed, and keeping a regular sleep schedule (going to bed and waking up at the same times daily). These steps may help reduce the severity of your sleep disorder.
Question: What does treatment involve?
Answer: For a more comfortable and less invasive treatment option, we can recommend an oral appliance. The custom-fitted device is worn at night and resembles a nightguard. The appliance repositions the jaw, moving it forward to ensure airways remain open during sleep. You can then enjoy the rest you need to function properly during the day.