According to the Guinness Book of Records, the loudest snores recorded reached 93 decibels — about the volume of a diesel engine. This isn’t funny if you’re regularly losing sleep because of your partner’s snoring, or if you’re repeatedly woken by a dig in the ribs for your snoring.
Snoring can create social, relationship and health problems — for the partner as well as the snorer. Studies show that partners of those who snore find they have more health problems than those whose partners don’t. The health effects can include hearing loss and in extreme cases can lead to brain damage.
Unfortunately snoring is pretty common for many people. Although we tend to laugh about it, it is a serious sleeping disorder. But what exactly causes a person to snore?
According to Webmd.com snoring is “the physical obstruction of the flow of air through the mouth and nose”. The physical obstruction could be caused by nasal obstructions such as polyps and deviation of the nasal septum, allergies, a sinus infection, poor muscle tone in the throat and specially the tongue, and being overweight.
There are several things you can do to help alleviate snoring. We’ve created our top ten Danson Park dental care tips to illustrate that help is available.
1. Talk to your doctor. You need to find the root of your snoring. If it is allergies or a sinus infection he may be able to prescribe you an antihistamine that can help you sleep better.
2. Try sleeping with a humidifier. Nasal sprays or nasal strips can also aid in stopping the snoring.
3. Try elevating your head while you sleep. Some people do this to help with heartburn but it can also help alleviate snoring.
4. Lying on your side rather than your back will stop the tongue falling back in your throat and obstructing your airway. A good tip to stop you rolling over onto your back is to sew a tennis ball to your sleeping garment.
5.Try to lose weight to reduce bulky throat tissue and to alleviate the pressure on the back of the throat.
6.Stop smoking. Put out the cigarette! Cigarette smoking leads to all sorts of respiratory problems. Snoring is just one of them. Quitting smoking can not only help you quit snoring but it can boost your overall health.
7. Stop drinking alcohol. Alcohol relaxes muscles and will reduce their tone as well as suppressing the central nervous system, both of which will contribute greatly to snoring.
8. Exercise more and become healthier. Regular exercise as well as losing weight will improve quality of your sleep.
9. Sometimes snoring can be caused by something more serious than what has been mentioned. It could be sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when you actually stop breathing for a few seconds. If this is left untreated it could contribute to other major health problems other than just snoring. If you suspect you may have sleep apnea then talk with your doctor and insist on being referred to a local sleep clinic.
10 .Following assessment by a sleep clinic, your dentist can make you a dental appliance that can only be used for mild to moderate cases of sleep aponea. This appliance will advance your lower jaw forward and will create much more space at the back of the mouth so that the movement of air is not restricted.
Stop Snoring Bexleyheath
Snoring is bothersome, but it doesn’t have to be something you have to live with. If you wish to be assessed for your suitability for a dental anti snoring appliance, please don’t hesitate to call us on 020 8303 3726 as we can also refer to a sleep clinic.