February 11, 2022
There is indeed more to snoring than what meets your ears. Snoring is not just annoying, it’s serious, as it’s the third leading cause of divorce in the United States and 90 million Americans suffer from snoring.
Remember, snoring has no gender. A study of 2000 patients found that 40% of women who believed they were not snoring turned out to snore severely.
“We found that although no difference in snoring intensity was found between genders, women tend to under-report the fact that they snore and underestimate the loudness of their snoring. The fact that women reported snoring less often and described it as milder may be one of the barriers preventing women from visiting sleep clinics for a sleep study”, (Dr. Nimrod Maimon, Head of Internal Medicine at Soroka University Medical Center, said in Reuters.)
Snoring is not just annoying noise. Depending on the volume, whether it's rhythmic or crescendo, it can be a sign of something more serious.
It can be annoying when your partner snores but it could lead to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Sleep Apnea is a respiratory condition characterised by pauses (apneas) in breathing during sleep. When the airway gets obstructed it causes you to stop breathing, hence the name Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which can be a serious sleep disorder.
How do I know if I have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Do you experience some of these Symptoms?
If you answered mostly yes, see your doctor, who might recommend a sleep test. Depending on its severity, you might be advised to have a CPAP machine (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), which delivers a continuous flow of pressurised air to keep the blocked airway open.
WHAT CAUSES SNORING?
When you sleep with your mouth closed and breathe through your nose, your tongue rests on the roof of your mouth and the airway is unobstructed.
But when you breathe through your mouth while sleeping, your tongue drops down and moves back towards your throat, causing the airway to be restricted by the base of the tongue, causing turbulence. This turbulence results in the familiar sound of snoring.
START TREATING SNORING WITH SIMPLE IDEAS AND PRODUCTS.
Sleep on your side, as sleeping on your back makes snoring worse. Get a good pillow to keep your head and neck in the right position to avoid sleeping on your back.
Drink plenty of fluids in the daytime. Avoid Sedatives and alcoholic beverage, especially before bedtime. Breathing through your mouth makes dryness worse.
Putting on weight, particularly around the neck, can cause snoring.
Breathe through your nose to keep your nasal passages clear.
Lip Bonding Gel
Use a lip bonding gel on your lips, it will help you maintain nasal breathing during sleep.
Adhesive strips that are applied externally across the nostrils to help you breathe easier.
Mouthguard-styled device that holds the lower jaw forward to reduce snoring by helping the airway remain open while you sleep. See your dentist.
SURGERIES TO TREAT SNORING
Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP)
Removes the uvula or part of the soft palate to help reduce or eliminate snoring. Talk to your doctor for advice.
Removes some tissues of the soft palate that may be causing the blockage of the airway.
Is considered a new treatment to shrink the tissue on your palate as an option to prevent snoring.
This treatment is done by injecting braided strands of polyester filament in the mouth’s palate.
Is a surgery that helps tighten the tissues in the throat.
Maxillomandibular Advancement (MMA)
A comprehensive surgical procedure to open the airways by moving the lower jaw forward. The loosened opening of the airways may reduce obstruction.
Helps correct nasal structural problems usually caused by an injury that results in a deviated septum. A deviated septum is a wall misalignment that divides the two sides of the nose and restricts airflow.
If nasal strips, dental appliances or surgery do not appeal to you, then sleepQ+ may be the solution you are looking for.
SleepQ+ an adhesive gel applied to the lips to gently keep your lips closed, to maintain nasal breathing when sleeping, sets in a few minutes, releases instantly with the touch of your tongue, and re-engages when you close your mouth again.
HOW DOES sleepQ+ WORK?
The gel is applied to about a third of the lower lip in the middle part. The lips can be opened with just a lick of the tongue. To continue sleeping just close your lips again. Click link to see video on How to Apply.
The benefits of SleepQ+ have been proven by clinical tests and the testimonials of the people that have tried it and are now enjoying better sleep quality.
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