Do you snore at night? If you do, you’re in good company. And if you say you don’t, you still might. Only 59% of snorers claim that they snore.
Snoring is a common problem that covers all age groups, women and men alike. In fact, about a third of all adults over 30 are “regular snorers”. On any given night, about 37 million Americans will snore. And this number doesn’t even include all the hapless others, who sleep within the vicinity of these chronic snorers.
So what’s the big deal with a little regular snoring? Plenty. It can be hard on your health, your lifestyle and your marriage.
According to one study, snoring is one of the leading causes for divorce – coming in at number three. Sleep disruption from chronic snoring could be a sign of “unreasonable behavior”.
Interrupting a good night’s sleep causes many couples to seek separate places to get some shut eye because snoring makes it too difficult to sleep together.
Besides causing a strain on relationships, snoring can have an effect on your day-to-day life – feeling tired all the time, unable to concentrate, being moody. It can also harm your long-term health, increasing your risk for having high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart conditions.
What causes snoring? Chronic snoring can be caused by a number of different things. Some culprits are related to physical conditions, like sinusitis, nasal obstruction, or sleep apnea. About 50% of the people who snore loudly have obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder where your air flow is blocked while you sleep, causing you to snore loudly, or make gasping sounds. These sounds occur because your body awakens unconsciously throughout the night to start breathing again. Other causes of snoring may be linked to allergies, being overweight, or to alcohol consumption.
Anti-Snoring Devices Can Help
If you are a chronic snorer, there is help for you, and those around you. While we’re not marriage therapists, our anti-snoring devices (aka snore guards) can help protect your health, and also improve the sleep of those who have to sleep around you.
Snoring occurs when your jaw and tongue drop back into the throat, restricting your flow of air. A snore guard is a small, custom made plastic mouthpiece that fits into your mouth, much like a retainer. It fits comfortably over your teeth to keep your jaw in a forward position, which keeps your tongue from blocking your airway and significantly reduces or eliminates snoring. it’s a wonder that something so small can make a big difference in the quality of your life.
Getting a snore guard might be the best thing you do this year to improve your health, and it might be one of the nicest things you do for those sleeping next to you.
If you believe (or someone who sleeps with you believes) that you could benefit from a anti-snoring device for your snoring, or that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, please call (206) 242-0066 to schedule a consultation with us, or request an appointment online.