Dr. Long

Normal breathing occurs when air passes through the throat on its way to the lungs. Air travels past the soft, flexible structures such as the soft palate, uvula, tonsils and tongue. In the daytime, muscles surrounding these structures tighten to prevent blockage of the airway. When sleeping, the jaw falls back and, because the tongue is attached to the jaw, it obstructs the airway. This leads to a reduction in air flow, a snoring sound and /or sleep apnea.

Snoring can be present with or without sleep apnea. The snoring sound is produced from the vibration of the soft palate and sides of the throat when air rushes against them.

SYMPTOMS

Snoring can affect your life in more ways than you realize. Check the symptoms you or your loved one experience from non-restful sleep:

Difficulty concentrating/learning

Daytime fatigue

Memory loss

Increased blood pressure

Reduced sex drive

Irritability

Anxiety and /or depression

Cardiovascular problems

The most common complaints heard from patient who snore are daytime drowsiness and lack of energy. Patient can make simple lifestyle changes on their own for mild or occasional snoring:

Losing weight since overweight is directly connected with snoring and obstructive

sleep apnea (OSA). Did you know that treatment of OSA can reduces weight gain?

Avoiding alcohol and sedatives within 3 hours of bedtime.

Awareness of your sleep position has a significant impact on snoring. Sleep only on

your side (never stomach or back ) to reduce snoring.

Keep allergies under control.

It is truly amazing what problems can occur due to non-restful sleep. There is a connection

between sleep, bruxing ,and TMJ disorders. In fact, many people who experience sleep

disorders also suffer from chronic paint, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.