Two of the most widely used and most effective are continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and dental appliances, or mouth guards.
"I don’t snore and if I do, it surely isn’t very loud or often". Ben was so convinced that his wife was overreacting when she made an appointment to have his snoring evaluated at the Cleveland Clinic that he started to walk out the clinic door.
Look at the following common snoring-related complaints patients have shared:
- It drives my wife from the bedroom.
- My girlfriend won’t marry me.
- Even my dog leaves my bedroom at night when I snore.
• My kids won’t have their friends spend the night because my snoring embarrasses them.
• I snore so loudly at movies and at church, they’ve asked me to leave.
• I had such poor sleep from snoring that I fell asleep during a business meeting with my boss.
- My friends said I could not come on the fishing trip because of my snoring.
- Snoring seems to disrupt my sleep so much that I can hardly keep my eyes open to drive home from work.
I had a serious car wreck because I fell asleep while driving.
Men vs. Women
Men are more prone to snoring for a variety of reasons, from hormonal effects on the upper-airway muscles, differences in the distribution of body fat between men and women, and variations in the anatomy and function of the upper airways (the nose and throat at the back of the tongue).
However, the statistics change at around age sixty, with the number of women snorers increasing dramatically because of hormonal changes at menopause and body fat distribution. The incidence of snoring sometimes diminishes in men after age sixty-five, yet it remains stable in women.
During sleep, snorers experience a limitation of airflow along with turbulence at the entrance to the respiratory system.This narrowing and vibrating is caused by structural factors such as fat deposits around the upper airway or neurological problems such as a lack of coordination between the muscles, that keep open the upper airway and the main breathing muscles such as the diaphragm.
This happens when the upper-airway muscles relax yet the diaphragm continues to work. Snoring can occur when you breathe in or breathe out and whether you breathe through your nose or your mouth.
Interestingly, snorers may be predestined to snore from birth. Using such imaging techniques as a computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers have found that scorers have specific abnormalities in the anatomy of the upper airway that are different from non-snorers.
These differences may be in the bony structures of the face and at various sites along the air passage from the back of the nose to the base of the tongue just above the vocal cords. These images show that typically the size of the upper airway is smaller in people who snore than it is in people who do not snore.
Abnormalities causing a narrowing of the upper airway could be from a broken or crooked nose, which decreases the airway size; obstructions in the nasal airways from swollen mucous membranes; or extra fat deposits around the upper airway that cut down on airway size.
- Sex (male)
- Age Obesity Short, fat neck
- Poor tone (lack of tightness) in the muscles of the tongue and throat Allergies, respiratory problems, or mouth breathing Upper-airway obstruction (enlarged tonsils or adenoids, polyps, deviated septum)
- Sleep positions (sleeping on back)
- Heavy meals before bedtime
- Certain medications such as antihistamines, sleeping pills, and tranquilizers
- Certain illnesses such as hypothyroidism Cigarette smoking Alcohol use close to bedtime Menopause (women)
The purpose of study was to investigate side effects of sleep apnea treatment by removable oral appliances (OA) that advance the mandible. In 22 patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), questionnaire evaluations, polysomnographies, cephalographies, and dental plaster casts were obtained before initiation of treatment with OA that fully covered both dental arches.
If you’ve ever dreamed of sleeping through the night without snoring; if you live from sunrise to sundown on coffee, tea, and caffeinated drinks just to function minimally; . if you fall asleep easily when you sit to watch television during the day; or if your bed partner has moved to the other end of the house, complaining that your nightly thunderous snores might win you a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records; then this will help!
We want to start you on the road to sounder sleep, increased energy and productivity, and better health as you stop snoring ... forever.
Snoring is a universal complaint that affects more than 40 million men and women (and their bed partners, family members, and coworkers). Realizing the impact of this medical problem on millions, we wrote this to give new hope to chose who snore night after night.
It will educate you about snoring and how it can literally “rob you of life,” as it is associated with such serious problems as daytime sleepiness, memory loss, depression, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.
This article will teach you how to stop snoring at a rate of almost 100 percent. If you snore, if you sleep with a snorer, or if you work with a snorer, especially one who cannot concentrate on work because of daytime fatigue, this book promises to change your life.
MORE THAN NOISE
Interestingly, when the first book on sleep disorders was published in 1968, only 22 pages were devoted to snoring. Until that time, most scientists assumed that snoring was simply an annoying nuisance. There were no studies or hints that snoring was associated with heart disease, stroke, or even death at that time.
Today we know differently. In the early 1970s, epidemiological studies began to reveal startling evidence that snoring was far greater than a noisy distraction. Through a host of scientific studies, it became clear that some serious health problems are much more frequent among habitual snorers.
Snoring may indeed be a warning symptom or red flag for a more serious problem called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition in which the airway behind the tongue is blocked off intermittently during sleep. (The abbreviation “OSA” will frequently be used through this book.)
So much myth and lack of information surround snoring that many people are shocked to find out that snoring is correlated with the extra girth accumulated through the years. It is also associated with high blood pressure. With the new surge of information on impotence, millions of men who suffer with erectile dysfunction are astounded when the urologist links their impotency with something as seemingly benign as nighttime snoring.
Did you know that waking up during the night to go to the bathroom is also correlated with snoring? One forty-five-year-old man who awakened frequently to urinate was convinced he had prostate disease until a sleep study confirmed snoring associated with OSA.
Another middle-aged woman who suffered with congestion could not believe that her breathing disorders caused her continual snoring and subsequent daytime sleepiness. She was so tired at work that she could no longer think clearly, remember names, or even concentrate—until she began treatment for her nasal congestion and stopped snoring. Do you see why a cure for snoring may change your life forever?
NOT A LAUGHING MATTER
If you snore, it is time to come out of your hiding place. The jokes are over, and we take this problem seriously. Here we'll try to give you workable tools for understanding this medical problem and taking action to stop it.
After all, do you want to be haunted your entire lifetime by this irritating, roaring sound that flows out of your throat during sleep? Of course not! Does your bed partner relish staying awake night after night, poking you in the side in hopes that you will quit? We doubt it! Or, has your partner already moved to another room at the other end of your home to avoid being awakened? Probably! This will all change when you start the 4-step cure we've outlined here.
NEW HOPE FOR AN AGING POPULATION
If you are over age 35, you know that staying young, feeling energetic, and being productive are the quintessential goals to compete in today's world. No, we cannot change the inevitable; we all will grow old.
However, we can stop problems that are often associated with aging such as snoring, which can rob you of precious sleep, vitality, youthfulness,. . . and your health.
This 4-step program we're going to teach here really does work! But—we cannot forget to mention—once you are cured of snoring, the chances are great that you will also receive important health-extending benefits such as
- Heightened immune function. Snoring is likely to disrupt your sleep cycle, resulting in less REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. It is during the deepest level of sleep that the body is revitalized and tissue damage repaired. In fact, lack of deep sleep is associated with reduced immune function. Taking care of the snoring will enable you to sleep more soundly through the night, greatly enhancing your body’s ability to resist disease and infections.
- Reduced blood pressure. More than, one-third of those with hypertension also have OSA. The majority of those with severe sleep apnea are hypertensive. Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to serious cardiovascular problems, including increased risk of angina and heart disease. Fortunately, hypertension often improves after treatment of OSA.
- Improved cardiovascular functioning. If you snore and also have OSA, chances are your cardiovascular system is being greatly stressed. Studies show that habitual snorers have a greater chance of stroke than nonsnorers have. It is not unusual for those with sleep apnea to be mistakenly treated for primary heart disease because abnormal heart rhythms may be more prominent than the breathing disturbances. When breathing stops during the apneas, your heart rate changes. It may become very fast, very slow, or very irregular. This may result in less blood being pumped out and an increase in blood pressure. When breathing resumes, your heart rate and blood pressure rise, sometimes to very dangerous levels. These problems are lessened when treatment begins to correct the snoring and OSA.
- Increased sex drive. It has long been suspected that hypertension and penile erectile dysfunction or impotence are associated with each other. Some medications for hypertension and other medical problems can also cause male sexual dysfunction. Because impotence is directly related to snoring in men with OSA, taking care of this may often help solve associated sexual problems, including erectile dysfunction. For the “pure” snorer (or snoring not associated with OSA), simply ending the snoring will allow your bed partner to move back into your bed and sleep with you once again. That in itself may solve many sexual problems!
- Greater energy, alertness, and productivity. Sleep deprivation caused by snoring can make you feel moody, tired, and mentally impaired. In fact, researchers claim that those who snore have more car accidents and sick days than nonsnorers have. People who snore also have poor concentration and impaired memory, and do poorly on psychological testing. This may be caused by the low levels of oxygen in their blood and by the fragmented sleep.Yet correcting the problem may let you experience a higher quality of continuous sleep and rejuvenate your body.
Based upon scientifically sound studies, this will educate you about important factors that contribute to snoring, fitful sleep, and the resulting health problems, and then will show you how unhealthy lifestyle habits such as overeating, nighttime eating, heavy alcohol consumption, and cigarette smoking can worsen the problem.
The 4-step cure will also give you practical and easy-to-implement tools to make important lifestyle changes, controlling those risk factors you can change, and guide you toward appropriate medical therapy or surgical treatments, if warranted.
According to several medical practitioners and researchers, the sleep apnea dental device might help many troubled chronic snorers avoid a cumbersome nighttime breathing mask or surgery
Step 1: Get an accurate diagnosis. Find out the cause of your snoring and resulting fatigue, such as OSA or another serious health problem.
Step 2: Maintain a normal weight. Many times, losing weight can greatly reduce or even end snoring and possibly OSA. While continuous positive airway pressure is the treatment of choice for OSA, it is not a cure. Permanent weight loss may result in a cure, so check out which recommendations are best for permanent weight loss.
Step 3: Try nonsurgical treatments. There are a myriad of treatment measures to try that may stop your snoring tonight. Some can be purchased over the counter; some may need to be prescribed by your doctor; others may involve changing the way you sleep.
Step 4: Use the surgical snoring cures. For some serious cases of snoring, you may be able to opt for surgery.
The overall goal with the four-step cure is to become aware of snoring as a serious health concern and then to use the four successful ways to stop this problem altogether. The program represents the most credible and practical snoring solutions on the market and can easily be implemented, starting today!