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Snoring - No Laughing Matter

Snoring DiagramSnoring is a problem for most people at some time in their lives. Approximately 45% of normal adults snore occasionally and about 25% of adults snore on a regular basis. Although snoring often brings about a chuckle when the subject comes up in day to day conversation, for those suffering from snoring and the people subjected to it, it really isn’t a laughing matter.

Snoring occurs when the flow of air through the nasal passages at the back of the nose and mouth become obstructed. The actual snoring noise that it produces is a result of vibrations that occur when the soft palate (top of the mouth) comes into contract with the uvula (that thing that hangs down in the back of our throats). A variety of things can cause this to occur. Poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat, bulky throat tissue, a long soft palate or uvula and obstructed nasal airways are some of these causes. Other more serious causes can be a deviated septum or some other form of nasal deformity. Whatever the cause, most people who suffer from snoring would like to stop, if for no other reason than getting a good night’s rest.

The obvious physical aspects of snoring and its inconveniences are just one part of the issue. For many, there are social ramifications as well. Quite often relationships suffer when a person’s sleeping partner is forced to resort to sleeping in another room. Sleep deprivation on a continuing basis leaves a person irritable and anxious, prone to headaches and other uncomfortable and mood altering conditions. If the sleep deprivation continues on a long-term basis, it can lead to high blood pressure and heart enlargement.

For those suffering from chronic snoring, check with your doctor. Chronic snoring can be a sign of a serious medical condition and should be checked out immediately. If your snoring is more on the occasional side there are some natural treatments you can try to help alleviate the problem. Try sleeping on your side, without a pillow, and with the head of your mattress tilted up. If you’re overweight, lose some. Keep your sleeping patterns regular and avoid eating and drinking alcohol before bed.

If your problem is more chronic in nature, a medical approach may be necessary. There are a variety of dental and oral devices, as well as surgical treatments that are an option. One such procedure, endorsed by Dallas, TX sleep specialists Dr’s Jennifer Jordan and Dwight Lee, is the Pillar Procedure. This procedure is FDA approved and is done in one simple office visit. This painless procedure involves inserting three tiny woven inserts into the soft palate of the mouth effectively ending the vibrations that occur during snoring. It is less invasive than most surgeries and is about 80% effective.

Snoring is no laughing matter. If you suffer from this condition, see your doctor. Only a properly trained medical professional can determine the cause of the snoring and advise you on what type of treatment would work best for you.


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