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Is Snoring Causing You Major Problems?

Finding the Causes of Snoring, Snoring Treatment, and Snoring Relief 

Snoring affects millions of families across the globe. When you snore, not only could you be worsening some serious medical issues, you are depriving and disrupting yourself and others of snoring relief and a good night’s rest. Over 40% of men and 25% of women suffer from snoring, and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about - if you seek the proper snoring treatment.

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Causes of snoring:

For many, snoring occurs more as people age and gain weight. Although many see it as just an annoyance, it is an indication of obstructed breathing in its sufferers and should be taken seriously. A doctor will be able to determine what the true reason for your snoring may be.

Some common causes of snoring are:

  • Weak muscle tone in the tongue or throat - due to the weak tone, the tongue may fall backwards into the airway during sleep
  • Excessive throat tissue - Usually caused by obesity, the throat tissue may block part of the airway during rest. Those with tonsil issues and cysts may also experience this.
  • A long soft palate or uvula: As they dangle into the airway, they may create a noisy vibration that we know as snoring
  • Obstructed nasal airways - A stuffy nose forces the sleeper to use more effort while pulling air through the nasal airway causing tissue in the throat to become floppy

Why is snoring so serious?

Despite disrupting the sleep of others around you and their quality of life, snoring can become a major problem in other ways. Unmanaged snoring can cause other serious side effects such as:

  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Sore throat
  • Restless sleep
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Gasping or choking during sleep 

Although these symptoms can be dangerous on their own, 20 - 40% of individuals who snore also suffer from a far more serious health condition. This is known as OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 

What is OSA?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea happens when someone stops breathing throughout the night, reducing blood oxygen levels, causing the heart to pump harder. OSA is one of the many causes of snoring. This can result in elevated blood pressure and heart enlargement to occur.

All snorers should make an appointment with a professional where they will go over the best treatments for sleep apnea, such as CPAP machines or a mouthpiece for sleep apnea. They will make sure that your snoring is not the result of a more serious health condition.

Snoring Treatment Options:

Many sufferers try over the counter, anti snore devices. The truth is, these devices might offer snoring remedies that work, but they are stopping you from sleeping properly by producing unpleasantness when you do snore. Snoring treatment must be individualized depending on the diagnosed cause of your snoring.

Some procedures include:

  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is surgery for treating OSA. It tightens flabby tissues in the throat and palate and expands air passages.
  • Thermal Ablation Palatoplasty (TAP) refers to procedures and techniques that treat snoring and some of them also are used to treat various severities of obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Genioglossus and hyoid advancement is a surgical procedure for the treatment of sleep apnea. It stops the collapse of the lower throat and pulls the tongue muscles forward, thereby opening the obstructed airway.
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Snoring Relief at Home:

For those who don’t feel that their problem is severe enough for procedures or treatment, there are things to try at home. Here are some of the best ways to end snoring at home, although none of these are true “snore cures”:

  • Having a healthier lifestyle
  • Avoid sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and antihistamines before bed
  • Avoid alcohol or heavy meals 3 to 4 hours before bed
  • Establish regular sleeping patterns
  • Sleeping on your side
  • Tilting the head of your bed up 4 inches

Why is snoring relief necessary?

Snoring is not just a health problem, it's a family problem

Snoring has been known to be a “relationship wrecker”. When you have been told by different people that you snore - it’s time to make a change to snoring relief that works. This way, you can get a good night's rest without embarrassment. Your family will be thanking you. Your spouse shouldn’t have to wake you up and tell you to stop snoring. Don’t let snoring cause you more problems in your life.

Learn More about snoring relief from Dallas ENT

Request an appointment and see what a difference the sleep and snoring professionals at Dallas ENT can make for you!

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Are you an SOS (Spouse of Snorer)?

Many times, it is not the snorers who are affected by snoring.

It is the spouses who have to live with the side effects.

Unfortunately, they have to beg their partner to get snoring treatment and most who do are sent by their spouses. Before you move to the spare bedroom, put that pillow over them, kick them out of bed, or use white noise machines for sleeping - send them to Dallas ENT and stop letting them cost you valuable shuteye. 

Despite the causes of snoring, sufferers should schedule an appointment to talk about snoring treatment and other possible medical issues.  Dallas ENT is dedicated to providing you or your spouse with the most comprehensive snoring relief possible. 

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