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Snoring is a very common problem that is experienced by both men and women when they sleep. In fact, it is estimated that 30% to 40% of all people snore to some extent when they sleep.
Snoring is loud, vibrating breathing that occurs when you lie down and sleep. As you lie down and relax, the soft tissues in your mouth and throat can restrict your air passageways. When you breathe in, the moving air vibrates the soft tissue, and produces a loud, harsh noise.
Although the statistics for snoring indicate that it is present among a very large part of the population, many people are unaware that they snore. Although snoring can be very loud and annoying, it seldom wakes the person who is snoring.
Often times, people find out that they snore from other people sleeping near them like partners or other family members. Snoring can cause many different problems in your and other people’s lives, including:
- Lack of Productivity
- Relationship Problems
- Loss of Sleep
Snoring can lead to many different physical problems because it causes loss of sleep. Snoring and loss of sleep can cause:
- Heart Attack
- Swollen Extremities
- Night Sweats
- Heart Disease
- Heart Burn
- Weakened Immune System
Snoring is also a symptom of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a health problem that can occur when the soft tissue of the throat collapses, much like when snoring, and prevents air from entering the lungs.
This can limit the amount of oxygen entering the body while sleeping, and cause you to wake up. Sleep apnea can cause you to wake hundreds of times during the night, but often times, you will only be awake for a second or so, and not remember it.
Sleep apnea and snoring can be very serious, and even lead to death. If you or someone you know snores while they sleep, contact our sleep dentistry dentist in Randolph to schedule an initial consultation.
Dentist, Dr. Bagga will evaluate your snoring and determine a potential reason and whether he can help you snore less. By snoring less, you will prevent serious health issues, as well as relieve tension between family members who are unable to sleep because of the snoring.