Or do they? Has your significant other had to record you while you were sleeping to convince you that you snore? If not, maybe after reading this they will, so you’d better watch out! The truth is, most people snore at least occasionally. Chronic snoring may simply be snoring, or it may be a symptom of sleep apnea. Either way, you can get help. Although everybody snores at least occasionally, it is not something you have to accept.
What is Snoring?
We all know what snoring sounds like. It’s that loud sound that people make while they sleep. Even dogs and cats snore. It is caused by the inhalation of air through your nose or mouth. As the air flows down your throat and into your lungs it rattles the soft tissue in the back of your throat resulting in the sound we call snoring. Because the soft tissue relaxes while you are asleep anyone can snore, even children, but snoring can be exacerbated by:
- Sleeping on your back
- The use of alcohol or other depressants
What is Sleep Apnea?
Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but chronic, excessively loud snoring can indicate a problem. What happens during sleep apnea is that your airways get blocked, causing lapses in breathing. Patients suffering from sleep apnea can have up to 100 hundred apneic events throughout the night and each lapse in breathing can last up to 10 seconds or more. This deprives your body and your brain of oxygen and can contribute to other serious health issues.
Is There Treatment?
There is treatment for chronic snoring and for sleep apnea. Commonly a night time oral device is used to lift the soft palate and open the airway, eliminating snoring.