What is Snoring?
It’s defined as “Noisy Sleep”
Snoring occurs when the throat structures, especially the tongue are abnormally large and/or when (during sleep) the tongue relaxes enough, falls back and causes a partial obstruction of the flow of air. As the lungs try to suck and push air past these obstructions, the structures vibrate as the air rushes past, and the sound we know as snoring occurs. While snoring may be harmless (benign snoring), it can also be a sign of a more serious medical condition that progresses from upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Snoring interrupts that restful, quiet sleep which is so important to our good health. Usually people do not hear themselves snore, but snoring can cause disrupted sleep for both the snorer and the snorer’s sleeping partner. It can lead to daytime sleepiness and fatigue, which can affect the ability to function effectively at home and at work, and could lead to health problems. It is important to eliminate snoring so everyone can get a restful night’s sleep and maintain good health. It is equally important to have a simple sleep study done to determine whether it is just snoring or a far more concerning condition such as obstructive sleep apnea.
If you snore you are not alone. Statistics indicate that approximately 40% of adults over the age of 40 snore some or all the time. And the number continues to grow…