Has your significant other been banished to the guest room because of your disruptive snoring? Snoring is common, but it’s not innocuous: Not only can snoring negatively affect your personal life and sleep quality, but it can also be a symptom of the disorder sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious health concern because it is characterized by obstruction of your airways. You struggle to breathe and your brain does not get adequate oxygen when you have have sleep apnea. You can stop snoring with sleep apnea treatment.
What is Sleep Apnea?
With sleep apnea, you experience the sudden obstruction of your airways, which signals your body to wake up so you can catch your breath. You will wake briefly with a choking or gasping sound caused by the quick intake of air, and then you’ll immediately fall back to sleep. This can occur repeatedly throughout the night, which is disruptive to you and your family.
The Connection Between Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Most obstructive sleep apnea sufferers experience extreme snoring. Snoring occurs when the soft tissues in your throat partially collapse and vibrate against one another. Extreme snoring occurs when your throat muscles over-relax as you’re sleeping, which causes your soft throat tissues to completely collapse. This stops your airflow and your brain does not receive adequate oxygen.
How to Stop Snoring with Sleep Apnea Treatment
Because disruptive snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, you’ll find that sleep apnea treatment can reduce or eliminate your snoring problems. Sleep apnea can be treated with soft, plastic mouth pieces that gently move your jaw so your airways remain open as you sleep. You simply wear this mouth appliance as you sleep.
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