Snoring is caused by a partial closure of your airway during sleep due to a relaxation of the muscles in your neck. The soft tissue then vibrates to cause the sound of snoring.
- Men tend to put on upper body weight and therefore have more soft tissue around the neck. This makes men more prone to snoring.
- If you are overweight then you will have more soft tissue around your neck which will increase the chance of snoring.
- As we age, or muscles become weaker – this can lead to weaker throat muscles.
- Some people snore after drinking alcohol or taking sleeping tablets. This causes additional relaxation of muscles in the neck and throat.
Some snorers ‘stop snoring’ and also ‘stop breathing’ only to ‘start snoring and breathing’ again a few seconds later, often accompanied by a choke, or gasp or snort – this is an indication that the snorer has OSA. Every time we stop breathing, known as “Apnoea”, our body starves for oxygen. Our brain instructs our body to partially awaken by releasing adrenalin. Most OSA victims have no memory of this all night. OSA robs its sufferers of restful sleep, leaving them tired, sleepy and exhausted during the day as well as contributing to many other health problems.
A Sleep Study is the only way to determine the severity of OSA. Snoring has an immense impact on the health and quality of life for the snorer, their partners and family. The lack of sleep caused by snoring has wide reaching effects such as:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Poor motivation
- High stress levels
- Lack of energy
- tired while Driving
- Less effective at work
In addition, snoring and especially OSA contribute to other serious health and lifestyle issues:
- Increased blood pressure/ hypertension
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Poor relationship with partner.
The process is very simple. A Sleep Study recorder is dispatched to your home for you to use overnight. The recorder will then be collected and assessed by a trained Physician( we will refer you to a trained GP), and a diagnosis will be made within 15 days from collecting the equipment.
A sleep study will determine if you have OSA by measuring:
- Oxygen levels in your body
- Pulse rate
- Breathing effort
- Air flow
- Body position
- Movement during the night.
If you are diagnosed with OSA, depending on the cause and severity, your doctor and dentist will make a treatment plan. Which may include an appliance to keep your lower jaw forward to assist you in breathing while sleeping.