What about snoring, I mean come on really almost everybody snores at least some nights right, Well that’s true about 40 percent of people of the age of 40 snore, The problem lies in that about 70 percent of those people have some degree of sleep apnea. In about 87 million Americans are at risk for sleep apnea which is a huge problem.
Sleep apnea increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, weight gain, hormone problems, fatigue, and car accidents the list goes on and on and on about the negative effects of sleep apnea, And so what causes snoring, this is a common question and it really boils down to structure and function the size of the upper jaw the maxilla has a big impact on that whether it’s too narrow on the tongue doesn’t fit in there or it’s too short that has a huge impact on whether a person might snore.
The position of the teeth, people with really bad teeth or an overbite or an underbite that also has an impact on whether or not they might snore and the tummy size, One of the clues that we can look for in determining the effect of the tongue on sleep and potentially snoring is if the tongue is scallop or cerate it on the sides that’s often a clue that the tongue is maybe a little bit larger than the jaw allows and it results in people grinding or biting the tongue in results and the scalping or chronic scar and the U.V. of other little punching bag that hangs down the middle of the back of the throat that comes in all shapes and sizes and some are tiny and some are huge and floppy in flipped down into the airway and cause snoring and choking engaging at night.
There are procedures to deal with that. And that’s just one of it, We’re seeing a lot of people grind their teeth to tap their teeth, And this is important to understand it can be a sign of sleep apnea if your teeth are wearing down rapidly for no reason at all, That could be a sign that you have sleep apnea and you really should see your dentist and talk about some options not only to protect your teeth but also to broach the subject of sleep apnea.
Understand it’s people grind their teeth in all different directions, If you’re busting up pieces of your teeth at night or you have some parts of your teeth that look way different than other parts there’s a problem here, Don’t ignore it, Lifestyle, huge player and the snoring room.
We all know about alcohol, if you drink too much alcohol, a person has a tendency to snore more, But what about sleep aids, Unfortunately and sound effects about 60 million Americans and probably 150 million people worldwide at best guess and at least in the Western world, Sleep aids are commonly prescribed, People take a drug they get, Relax the soft tissues relax they tend to snore or they have sleep apnea their sleep quality is poor, They go back to their doctor, the doctor prescribes a different drug or a higher strength the drug or a sedative and the vicious cycle repeats itself.
Positioning is also a problem depending on the size of a person’s neck and their body habitus very large people and obese people there’s a lot of extra weight on the chest and this compresses the chest and the lungs and makes it difficult for people to get adequate air exchange, And it contributes to not only snoring but also sleep apnea, So if few options some of these are nothing glamorous.
The old tennis ball trick swing a tennis ball to the back of the shirt trying to keep a person from rolling on their back, There are more elegant solutions which involve low dose electrical current or shock, These are not supposed to wake a person up but as a person rolls on their back it triggers a sensor gives it a little jolt and causes them to reposition themselves, So just a way to help minimize snoring potentially sleep apnea, And your partner and thank you for it started to teach you pill placements you know using some ergonomics just like you would an office setting with your monitor your desk or a stand up desk.
Same thing applies for your back and spine in your neck getting in a proper position using some extra pillows or small pillows to brace yourself support the knees and the neck really goes a long way in helping minimize the impact of snoring.
Other options like the nasal strips we’re all familiar with those can helpn And senior dentists desk in a fashion a splint that helps reposition the jaw and the tongue a bit and that can also help with snoring, Some of these are actually improved by insurance so you may want to check with your insurance provider about snoring, Some might want you to have a sleep test some might not.
But the bottom line is that sleep is critical to our health and longevity, And if you snore or your partner snores it’s really something that you should ignore and it’s possible have just snoring without sleep apnea, But a lot of times those go hand in hand and have a whole host of negative health consequences.