Snoring affects millions of people, both male and female, and of all ages,. Therapy using an oral appliance is the most common treatment for severe snoring problems. But treatment procedures can range from changing your sleep patterns to using orthodontic-related appliances that help open the airways during sleep.
What causes snoring?
Snoring is caused by the vibrations of the soft and/or hard tissue palates in the mouth. These vibrations occur because of a narrowing of the air passages. When air passes through these areas, a “flapping” sound occurs because the tissue is soft in nature. Surgery to alleviate the snoring is not always successful, because the snoring sound may not be originating from the soft palate. The snoring is sometimes originating from tissues in the upper airways.
However, there are some things that definitely can cause snoring. Common causes for snoring can include:
- Other health Problems
- Obstructed Nasal Passages – Deviated Septum
- Poor Muscle Tone of the Tongue
- Daytime Fatigue
- Sleep Apnea
Loud snorers may have a more serious case of blockage of the air passages, known as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last for several seconds up to several minutes, and may occur at least 5 times in an hour. When breathing is paused, carbon dioxide builds up in the bloodstream. Receptors in the blood note the high carbon dioxide levels, and the brain is signaled to wake the person sleeping and breathe in air. Breathing normally will restore oxygen levels and the person will fall asleep again.
Many sleep apnea sufferers experience chronic tiredness due to being unable to get a good night’s sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea can also contribute to or lead to many other negative conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and depression. So it is important to be diagnosed by a medical professional if you experience any sleep-related problems.