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Chronic Snoring vs. Normal Snoring

Chronic Snoring vs. Normal Snoring

Even 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.

Chronic SnoringSince 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.

One 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.

The Pillar Procedure 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!


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