Stop Snoring

More than 67 percent of adults, around 120 million people in the United States, snore every night. But how do you stop snoring, what exactly is it, and how is it harmful? During sleep, the tongue, throat tissues and the muscles that line the airway relax, narrowing the airway. The distinctive sound of snoring results as air passes through the narrowed airway causing the surrounding tissues to vibrate. Snoring disrupts the sleep of snorers and their bed partners, and can result in more serious health problems. It may also be an indication of a more serious sleep problem: obstructive sleep apnea.

If snoring is left untreated, will the snorer progress to obstructive sleep apnea? The American Journal of Respiratory Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Applied Physiology, and Sleep Research Online have reported that untreated snoring and upper airway resistance are likely to progress to obstructive apneas. This progression is thought to be part of an inflammatory response triggered by the mechanical trauma from snoring.

Snoring can be caused by a number of physical problems, overweight being one of the most common ones. At Reardon Dental Health, we partner with regional sleep doctors to diagnose and find the most appropriate treatment for snoring, as well as obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.

Second-hand Snoring

A poll conducted by USA Today stated that 45 percent of spouses have a partner who snores, while only 5 percent of the snorers admit to it! When you consider that according to Sleep Magazine the average intensity of snoring ranges from 60 and 90 decibels, it can do more than disturb sleep. It can cause hearing loss for both snorer and partner. (Just as a point of reference, a pneumatic drill bit produces 70 decibels of volume.)

The solution may be separate bedrooms, but a happier one might be getting to the root cause of snoring and treating it.

How can you be sure you snore if you don’t have a partner to confirm it? At Reardon Dental Health, we can send you home with a device you can use to record your breathing while you sleep, as well as the decibel levels of your snoring, and review them later.