Sleep ApneaUNSPUN

Is Your Chronic Snoring A Red Flag?

Snoring has an effect on thirty percent of men and women in the United States, while second-hand snoring–being kept up or even having your rest disturbed by a heavy snoring partner–has an effect on about seventy three percent of people that sleep at night with somebody that snores.

Although snoring seems physically safe, it can end up being a red flag for a more severe and occasionally fatal condition referred to as obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when the air passage entirely collapses, obstructing airflow directly into the lungs. The harder one tries to breathe, the more restrictive the air passage closes. This airway obstruction persists right up until the brain partly wakes up the person. Unconscious, the individual closes the jaw, returning the tongue and throat to a normal position.

The sleep apnea cycle–falling asleep, mouth relaxing, air passage collapsing, unconsciously waking up with a gasp, falling back asleep–may repeat itself 50 or even more times each hour throughout the night. With a blocked air way, the snorer cannot receive sufficient oxygen, and this can result in some other difficulties.

A solution available to those who snore loudly or even have sleep apnea is actually an oral appliance particularly trained in the treatment of sleep disorders. The oral appliance is similar to an athletic mouthguard and is actually worn during sleep. It cuts down on sleep apnea associated health threats without resorting to surgery or medications.

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