||Snoring: nuisance or
About half of all adults snore on a given
night. Frequent or loud snoring in a child is almost always abnormal and should be thoroughly evaluated.
There are times when snoring indicates a serious health condition.
If the flow of air is reduced too much, the oxygen level in the body
can drop and lead to dangerous health problems like high blood pressure,
heart attacks, and strokes. Snoring can also make the work of breathing
so hard that sleep quality is ruined. The snorer may be unconscious all
night, but they are not getting any deep sleep or any REM sleep. The next
morning they wake up exhausted. They are sleepy during the day and can
never get enough sleep. This condition is called obstructive
All snoring is due to narrowing of the airway. When we fall asleep
all of the muscles in our body relax and get a little floppy. The muscles
that make up the airway get floppy too, and the airway narrows. This results
in reduced airflow which causes tissue in the throat to vibrate and make
the sound of a snore.
Usually the person who snores is unaware of the sound, and it is those who are distrubed by it that bring it to their attention. Every night thousands of couples sleep apart because of one partner's snoring. |
Because frequent or loud snoring may represent a medical problem it should be evaluated by a physician.Either way there are effective treatments for snoring including dental devices and minimally invasive surgery.