We often raise an eyebrow about snorers. However, we can usually only tell that a person snores if we’ve spent the night with them (whether by ourselves or as a group sleepover, perhaps) or among couples whether married or not. But once the lights are out and we drift off to dreamland, we began to despise being around our snoring partner as their snoring can keep us tossing and turning the entire night and deprive us of precious sleep.
However, let us look past the symptom and understand why people snore in the first place. It’s not just a habit that annoys people but is actually a medical condition that also needs medical help. Getting checked and treated is the least you can do for them as snoring may eventually mess with their breathing while sleeping and compromise their health in a snap.
A loud snorer can wake up a whole household without having a clue.
“There’s always a certain level of denial,” says Kathleen Bennett, a Cincinnati dentist who specializes in treating sleep breathing problems. “People come in all the time and say, ‘I have no problem sleeping, but my wife is complaining.’ “
If that rings a bell, sleep experts say, it could be time for a chat with your doctor. You may have a case of physically harmless, if annoying, snoring — or your snoring could be a sign of a more serious health problem.
The big concern: obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which blocked airways cause people to stop breathing many times a night, disrupting sleep and cutting off oxygen to the body and brain. Untreated apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes — and the sleepiness it causes can contribute to accidents at work and on the road, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Back in the days, most people will only brush snoring aside snoring and live with it but we know better now. We understand its health implications and this knowledge allowed medical experts to look for effective snoring managements so we don’t have to suffer from sleepless nights anymore.
Studies have shown that sleep apnea has some serious side effects.
A disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep, apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open, despite efforts to breathe. That can cause broken sleep patterns and low blood oxygen levels. Doctors say these side effects can lead to hypertension, heart disease, and mood and memory problems.
In a recent study at the University of Maryland Medical Center, researchers found that sleep apnea can cause a rise in depression and that sleep-related breathing disorders can also worsen nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder.
And because sufferers are usually sleepy during the day, apnea can increase the risk of automobile crashes. There’s no question it can be life-threatening, doctors say.
Anti-snoring mouthpieces, mouthguards, CPAP and surgery are just some of the options right now but newer technologies are being discovered so that snorers have more options to choose from.
There is now a new non-surgical laser treatment available in San Diego to help minimize snoring and symptoms of sleep apnea.
NightLase uses laser energy to heat and tighten the oral mucosa tissue. As the tissue is heated, collagen production skyrockets, resulting in a tightening effect that helps relieve snoring and sleep apnea.
Doctors say there is little to no recovery time with the treatment.
People are always on the lookout for better snoring management and possibly an anti-snoring solution that works best for their preference and lifestyle. And all these new anti-snoring developments are actually a good thing for snorers because that means they have a chance at beating sleep apnea, sleep better and no longer torture their partners every single night. You likewise need not sleep in separate rooms anymore or feel annoyed every time you see your snoring partner drift off to sleep. Sleep apnea and snoring can be a thing of the past if you just get checked and treated the soonest time possible.