What Is Snoring?
Snoring is caused by a partial closure of the airway during sleep due to a relaxation of the muscles in your neck. The soft tissue then vibrates to cause the sound of snoring.
Why Does It Happen?
Certain factors increase the chances of being a snorer:-
- Physiology—Some of us are more likely to snore due to our physiology
- Sex—Men tend to put on upper bodyweight and therefore have more soft tissue around the neck. This makes men more prone to snoring.
- Weight—If you are overweight then you will have more soft tissues around your neck and this will increase the chance of snoring.
- Age—As we age our muscles become weaker and this can lead to weaker throat muscles.
- Lifestyle—Some people snore after drinking alcohol or taking sleeping tablets. These cause additional relaxation of the muscles of the neck and throat.
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)?
Some snorers ‘Stop Snoring’ and also ‘Stop Breathing’ only to ‘Start Snoring and Breathing’ again a few seconds later, often accompanied by a choke or gasp or snort. This is an indication that the snorer has OSA. Every time we stop breathing our bodies are starved of oxygen. Our brain instructs our body to partially awaken by releasing adrenalin. Most OSA sufferers have no memory of this all-night life-and-death struggle for oxygen. It does, however, rob sufferers of restful sleep leaving them feeling tired, sleepy and exhausted during the day, as well as contributing to many other health problems .A Sleep Study is the only way to determine the severity of OSA.
How Is My Health And Lifestyle Affected?
Snoring has an immense impact on the health and quality of the life of the snorer, their partner and family. The lack of sleep caused by snoring has wide reaching effects such as:-
- Day time sleepiness
- Lack of energy
- Poor motivation
- High stress levels
- Relationship issues
Health issues include:-
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Reduced sex drive
What Is Sleepwell?
This treatment is available form a network of trained dentists who offer a comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and follow up care service. It is a tailor made appliance worn in the mouth at night. By bringing the lower jaw forwards it opens up the airway, and reduces the risk of snoring and apnoea caused by the muscles. It is fully adjustable to allow the user to find the optimum level of jaw advancement for them. It is successful in the treatment in the vast majority of simple snoring cases, and can be used to help sufferers of OSA in conjunction with a sleep physician.