Posted on 10/15/2019 by Pacific Maxillofacial Center
It is normal to laugh when you see someone snoring in a movie. Snoring has been at the center of jokes for a long time. It is something that married couples complain about and it is something that people try to shift the blame to someone else for.
What you may not realize is the snoring is a sign that there is something that is not working the way it should in the body. It could mean that there is something minor wrong or it could mean there is a serious problem that needs addressing. The one thing you should never do is completely ignore the snoring and hope that it doesn't bother anyone.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is one of the signs of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition where you stop breathing for 10 seconds or more during the course of a night's sleep. This can happen multiple times while you sleep. It can lead to a variety of problems associated with the lack of oxygen. This includes a restless night's sleep that does not allow the body to recover from the previous day. It can prevent the body from healing while it rests.
Sleep apnea occurs when there is a blockage in the airway. The blockage can result from soft tissue shifting and blocking the airway or from the jaw shifting in a way that blocks the airway. It can also come from the brain sending the wrong signals. Snoring is one of the ways the body reacts to the blockage. It comes from the extra effort needed to get air into the body.
Remedies for Snoring
Finding the remedies for the snoring can also help with the sleep apnea. It can mean something as simple as adjusting the sleeping position. There are also appliances that can help prevent the blockage of the airway and end the snoring. Machines can provide pressure to open the airways.
Finding remedies for the snoring instead of ignoring it will help your body get the rest it requires for good health. It will also allow anyone nearby to get the rest that they need. Snoring impacts more than just one person and is not something you should ignore.
Contact our office to schedule an appointment to talk about this or any other oral health topics you have an interest in.