Snoring vs. Normal Snoring
a light case of snoring can be a nuisance, but when a person suffers
from chronic snoring not only are their sleep patterns affected,
but their lives are as well. The constant disruption of sleep
leaves them feeling tired and irritable during the day and aggravated
and anxious during the night. If the person has a sleeping partner,
then that person is also negatively affected. For anyone who has
suffered from or lived with someone who suffers from chronic snoring,
you know that sleep deprivation is no picnic. Most people do not
realize that certain types of snoring can cause high blood pressure,
heart disease and increase the risk of a stroke as well.
most of us will snore at some point in our lives (yes, even the
women and children), how can you tell when you’ve left the
normal behind and entered into the world of chronic snoring? If
you’re snoring because you have a cold or allergies, that’s
normal. Pregnant women tend to snore. That’s normal too.
If you snore when laying in a certain position but not in other
positions, that’s also normal. When you find that you snore
in any position and on most nights, regardless of how many times
your partner has nudged you, you may have a chronic snoring problem
or even be suffering from a potentially life-threatining condition
called 'Sleep Apnea'.
There are some things you can try
to help alleviate the snoring and get a better night’s sleep.
First, if you’re overweight, losing weight will help since
obesity is one of the leading causes of snoring. Sleep on your
side and without a pillow which will help to improve your airflow.
Avoid eating heavy foods or drinking alcohol right before going
to bed. Food and alcohol tend to relax your muscles, making snoring
more likely. Quit smoking and avoid being exposed to second-hand
smoke. Smoking creates mucus and congestion. If nasal congestion
is a problem, try using a decongestant before bed.
If you have tried these non-medical
approaches to controlling chronic snoring and they haven't helped,
medical treatment may be indicated. Surgery, Continuous Positive
Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines and a variety of dental and oral
devices are some of the options available to you.
of the newest treatment methods is called the “Pillar
Procedure”. This is a less invasive, FDA approved procedure
that is being used by forward-thinking doctors like Dallas-based
Dr.’s Jennifer Jordan and Dwight Lee, experts in the field
of chronic snoring and sleep apnea.
can be completed in one office visit and is considerably less
invasive than other surgical options. During the procedure, three
small woven inserts are implanted in the soft palate of the mouth
to help reduce the vibrations that the soft palate gives off during
sleep. A noticeable reduction in chronic snoring was reported
among most patients. If chronic snoring is an issue for you, check
with your physician or contact Dr's Jordan or Lee. If none of
the non-medical options have given you any relief, the Pillar
Procedure may be just what the doctor ordered!