Snoring has long been the subject of jokes. In cartoons, people always make such funny noises that you may be tempted to laugh it off, though chances are your spouse doesn’t think it’s a joke at all. And once you learn the real causes and consequences of snoring, and not seeking snoring treatment, you won’t be laughing either. Snoring is a sign that you are not breathing properly when you sleep. By itself it can lead to poor sleep for both you and your spouse, and there’s a good chance that your snoring is a sign of a much more serious condition: sleep apnea, which is life-threatening.
If you’re tired of snoring, and you’re around the Centennial area and are looking for a comfortable, convenient, and effective nonsurgical snoring treatment, please call 303-759-5652 or email Park Meadows Dental Care in Centennial today for an appointment.
What Causes Snoring
Snoring is caused by a narrowing of the airway. When your airway is narrowed, the air can’t flow freely. It experiences turbulence, which then causes vibration in your tissues. These vibrations are heard as sound. There are many potential places where your airway may become narrow:
- Nasal passages
- Back of the mouth, caused by:
- Upper palate
- Swollen tonsils
- Large or swollen uvula
- Large or saggy tongue
- Throat, caused by muscles that relax when you sleep
Where the narrowing of the airway occurs determines what treatment is best for you.
Factors That Affect Snoring
For some people, snoring is a constant condition, but other people don’t snore every night—or don’t snore as heavily every night. There are many things that influence how much you snore.
Being overweight increases your risk of snoring because there will be more weight pressing down on relaxed tissues.
If you sleep on your back, you are more likely to snore because gravity tends to pull your throat closed.
If you drink alcohol close to bedtime, you will likely snore more because alcohol relaxes the muscles of your throat muscles.
Allergies and colds can block your nasal passages, and irritate other tissues of your airway, resulting in narrowing.
Dry air can also lead to airway irritation.
Consequences Of Not Seeking Snoring Treatment
Snoring actually has serious consequences that cannot be ignored. First, if you are snoring, neither you nor your spouse are getting good sleep. As a result, neither of you will be rested during the day. People who snore are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel, and if one of you snores, you’re more likely to fight with your spouse.
Snoring can cause micro-injuries to your arteries, which leads to scarring and hardening of the arterial walls, which is associated with an elevated stroke risk.
Finally, snoring is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. However, it is not known whether this is because snoring is associated with sleep apnea, which significantly increases your risk of heart disease, or if it’s an independent risk.
If you are tired of snoring and are looking for an effective snoring treatment in the Centennial area, please contact Park Meadows Dental Care today.