Are you one of the 48% of Americans that snore in their sleep? Your snoring may be impacting your sleep more than you thought! For example, heavy snoring could be symptomatic of a greater issue that makes it difficult for your body to complete its normal nighttime restorative functions like saving memories, growing muscle, and fighting diseases like Alzheimer’s. Wondering how else your snoring could be impacting you? Here are a few facts every snorer should know:
1. Snoring increases with age.
Your snoring is very likely to increase with age. As we get older, we tend to gain weight around the neck and lose muscle tone. This will restrict the throat space slightly during your sleep, causing you to snore. For women, decreased progesterone after menopause may also be the culprit.
2. There are several reasons you could be snoring.
Snoring is often the sound of your soft tissue vibrating in the back of your throat. However, there are several reasons this could be occurring. You may have poor muscle tone in your throat and tongue, or the throat tissue could be particularly bulky. A long uvula or soft palate may create a fluttering sound as you breathe, or you may just have obstructed nasal airways. While any of these may cause your snoring, it is important to pay close attention if your snoring is symptomatic of a greater sleep issue.
3. Your snoring could be a warning sign for a sleep disorder.
Snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is characterized by a series of pauses in your breathing throughout the night due to narrowing or collapse of the upper airway. This can happen anywhere from 30 to 300 times in a night! As you might expect, this greatly impacts the quality of your sleep and cause you to have headaches or difficulty concentrating throughout the day.
4. Obstructed sleep can lead to serious health risks!
While you may have thought snoring was just a nuisance to those around you, there are actually much greater risks associated with it. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, it could also cause serious health issues. Apneic sleep, if left untreated, can lead to heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, depression, memory issues, and more! Not to mention all of the risks that come with being excessively tired all the time (such as difficulty concentrating). If you’re a chronic snorer, be sure to get it looked at quickly.
5. Snoring can be easily treated.
If you’re a snorer, your TruBlu dentist can easily provide a non-invasive treatment! Silent Nite® is for snorers and sleep apnea patients alike. By wearing this custom-made mouthguard at night, your jaw is pushed forward slightly to ensure you have open airways throughout the night. The snoring device is completely comfortable and doesn’t make your jaw feel stiff, meaning it will help you to get the best night’s sleep you’ve had in years.
If you’re ready to get a solid night’s sleep, contact our Chicago, Hegewisch, or Burbank offices today. We’ll help you schedule your appointment so you can determine if Silent Nite® is right for you.