Snoring has been used as a comedic device in cartoons, nursery rhymes and sitcoms for years, and we’ve all had a chuckle. However, because of these light-hearted scenes, it’s easy for us to dismiss the seriousness of snoring in our sleep. Other than our partner suffering through the noise all night, it’s easy to underestimate snoring’s impact on our health and sleep.
Snoring is the unconscious reverberation sound that is made when the muscles of the mouth and throat relax during sleep and restrict the airway. It is an indication of sleep-disordered breathing and can be disruptive to the quality of sleep a person gets.
General snoring is not an uncommon occurrence among adults. About 40% of men and around 30% of women snore occasionally, with around 15% of the total population snoring more frequently during the week1. There is a scale of magnitude: at one end of the spectrum is simple snoring, and at the other is snoring as a symptom of sleep apnea.
Your Doctor or Sleep Professional can help you understand these better and determine which factors are contributing to your snoring (more about this below).
We understand that snoring can be frustrating, and you want to find a solution for your snoring.
There are a wide range of effective treatments, however, it’s important to understand the specific causes of your situation to find the best one for you. Once you identify the reasons and factors behind why you snore, you can find the best solution to help get a better night’s sleep- for both you and everyone around you!
The use of a CPAP machine and CPAP mask is currently one of the most effective treatments for snoring, especially if it’s linked to the common sleep disorder, Sleep Apnea.
CPAP involves the use of a continuous flow of pressurised air through a mask and into your airway. This airflow enters your nose and throat, preventing the airways from collapsing when the muscles in your throat relax during the night. This stops the vibration and blockages, preventing snoring.
Another potential way to stop snoring is the use of a custom-made Dental Plate which is placed in the mouth during sleep. This causes the lower jaw and tongue to be held in a forward position, opening up your airways and preventing the restriction of air through the throat. This stops you from snoring.
There are a few additional ways to stop snoring, however, it’s best to consult your Doctor or Sleep Professional first. They can help correctly identify the best potential solution for you.
It can seem trivial to see a Doctor about snoring, however, snoring may affect the quality of your sleep and consequently how you feel each day, and snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea.
If snoring is affecting you or your partners' wellbeing it is important to consult your doctor and have it assessed.
ResMed is a global leader in sleep technology that has its origins right here in Australia. Our goal is to provide people with the means to awaken their best and enjoy healthier lives by promoting good sleep habits and creating awareness for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.
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