While snoring is not a topic that is discussed openly, it does affect millions of people.
So if you have been accused of snoring too loudly, rest assured that you are not alone.
In fact, snoring is not just disruptive to your partner’s sleep, it is disruptive to your own sleep as well.
What causes snoring?
Snoring can be caused by a number of factors, but some of the most common ones are listed below.
- The anatomy of your mouth. Having a low, thick soft palate can narrow your airway. If the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate is elongated, airflow can be obstructed and thus the snore sound.
- Consuming alcohol. Snoring also can be brought on by consuming too much alcohol before bedtime. Alcohol relaxes throat muscles and decreases your natural defenses against airway obstruction.
- Nasal problems. Chronic nasal congestion or a crooked partition between your nostrils (deviated septum) may contribute to your snoring.
- Sleep apnea. Snoring also may be associated with obstructive sleep apnea. In this serious condition, your throat tissues partially or completely block your airway, preventing you from breathing.
Solutions to snoring
While more serious conditions like sleep apnea must first be ruled out, common snoring can be reduced with a snoring device.
Dr. Marchbanks has worked with hundreds of patients on their snoring. He has a simple device that repositions your jaw to reduce or even eliminate your snoring.