May 28, 2019
Has your spouse been complaining that you snore at night? It could be a bigger problem than you think. Snoring isn’t just annoying for other people trying to sleep; it might be causing serious damage to your body. In addition, it can be tied to a more serious condition like sleep apnea in Fremont. Here’s what you need to know about how snoring and how it can affect your health.
What Causes Snoring?
When air can’t move freely through your nose and throat during sleep, it causes the surrounding tissues to vibrate and create a snoring sound. This is often a result of excessive throat or nasal tissue that’s prone to vibrating.
Snoring can be a result of age, the build and overall fitness of your body, existing nasal and sinus problems, poor sleeping posture, alcohol, smoking, or certain medications such as tranquilizers.
What Damage Can Snoring Cause?
If you snore too heavily, the repeated vibrations can eventually cause damage to the upper airways. These injuries can lead to medical problems such as a swallowing dysfunction.
Moreover, in addition to causing the damage in the first place, snoring may actually prevent it from being fixed naturally. Your body relies on sleep to repair and restore injured muscles or tissue. However, research has shown that the recurrent vibrations during snoring can disrupt the healing process. The result is a condition that’s unlikely to get better on its own.
How is Snoring Connected to Sleep Apnea?
Studies have found a link between snoring and a potentially severe sleeping disorder known as sleep apnea. This is where your breathing repeatedly starts and stops during sleep, which can result in chronic exhaustion and increase your risk of serious heart conditions. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when something blocks the upper airway. Thus, snoring may be a sign of – or may even lead to a greater risk of – sleep apnea.
What Should I Do if I Snore?
There are ways you can help ensure a better airflow such as adjusting your sleeping position, opening nasal passages with a hot shower or nasal strips, and staying well hydrated. That said, since snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, it may be necessary to get a professional opinion; some dentists are trained to provide treatment for this condition. Remember, if someone accuses you of snoring, don’t ignore it; take whatever steps you need to in order to protect your health.
About the Author
Dr. James Block is a third-generation dentist and is proud to continue that family tradition of providing compassionate dental care. In addition to preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, he also offers various treatments for sleep apnea such as oral appliances or a CPAP machine. To make an appointment at his practice, James Block Dentistry, visit his website or call (510) 793-0801.
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