When we snore the soft tissue around the back of the throat relaxes and can partially block the airway. The resulting noise is the sound of the air you breathe passing through the partially restricted airway, causing a vibration of soft tissue. Snoring can sometimes be very loud!
If you are a snorer and are sleeping within earshot of someone (it doesn’t have to be in the same room), your snoring could prevent them from sleeping. They will become frustrated and they may try to stop you snoring…
It stands to reason that if the underlying reasons for snoring is the relaxation of the soft tissue at the back of the throat to the point where the airway is narrowed, then anything that encourages relaxation, will only enhance your snoring and I’m afraid it’s the usual culprits; smoking and drinking that are the prime offenders.
Being overweight is another factor; if you are carrying extra weight then this will show not only round your waistline, but also around your throat.
Interestingly, if you are a man, you are more likely to snore for physiological reasons relating to the position and size of the pharynx, compared to a woman. That’s not to say that women don’t snore of course. During the menopause hormonal changes can cause a weakening of the muscles around the throat which can lead to snoring.
Then there’s something as simple as the position in which we sleep. If you lie on your back you are much more likely to snore than if you lie on your side.
Here are some of the main reasons we snore:
Being a man
Being over 40
Undergoing the Menopause
Drinking too much
Sleeping on your back
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What Exactly is Sleep Apnea?
When you sleep you may breathe normally, or you may snore a little, or maybe a lot, but for some the act of sleeping is a little more complicated. If you’re one of these people, sometimes the airway closes completely for a few moments, so you actually stop breathing. This is called Obstructional Sleep Apnea.
Although Sleep Apnea is a relatively common problem, chances are you don’t know you have it until someone, usually your partner, points it out as it can be worrying to witness.
While you sleep it’s your brain that controls your breathing. When your brain notices your oxygen levels have lowered because you’ve stopped breathing, it starts to wake you up, pulling you back from your deep sleep so as to alert your conscious mind to take action.
As you become conscious you realise you need to breath and gasp and snort for breath. You may not wake up completely, but your sleep is nevertheless disrupted.
This cycle can repeat many times during the night, leaving you with all the symptoms of sleep deprivation without knowing why. Of course, it’s not only your sleep that’s disrupted. If you sleep with a partner, rest assured (or not!) they will certainly know about your restless night.
The airway is open, the tongue is relaxed and falling slightly back.
The soft tissue in the throat relaxes, partially blocking the airway and vibrates as the air is forced through.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The airway relaxes to the extent that the airway is fully blocked preventing breathing.
What are the symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
If you sleep alone it can be difficult to know if you have Sleep Apnea as it is usually identified by a partner. However, the symptoms sleep deprivation cause are easier to spot: Extreme daytime sleepiness (falling asleep at inappropriate times), inability to concentrate, irritability and morning headaches.
Whether it is you or your partner that suspects you may suffer from Sleep Apnea, it is important to seek medical advice as, although easily treated, it can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes if left undiagnosed.
Central Sleep Apnea
There is also another type of Sleep Apnea called Central Sleep Apnea. It is much less common and rather more serious than Obstructional Sleep Apnea, here the brain completely fails to regulate the breathing for small periods of time whether your air way is blocked or not. Central Sleep Apnea can be an indicator of or caused by a number of very serious conditions, from congenital heart failure to kidney failure, as well as various neurological disorders, so it Is critically important to consult your doctor.
Snore Guard is not recommended for this type of Sleep Apnea.
Good Night Snore Guard for Sleep Apnea some questions answered
How Does the Snore Guard Work?
Once you’ve inserted the Snore Guard, you’ll find it gently holds the lower jaw slightly forward which has the effect of allowing the free flow of air through the windpipe. If the air is flowing freely, you won’t be snoring!
Is the Snore Guard painful to wear?
The Snore Guard is completely painless. It may feel a little uncomfortable to start with, but perseverance will mean you get used to the way it holds your jaw and allows snore free sleeping.
How do I clean the Snore Guard?
You should not use harsh chemicals or house hold cleaning products on your Snore Guard. Simply wash thoroughly in warm water and dry. Store in the case provided to protect from the elements until next use.
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