SNORING & SLEEP APNOEA
Snoring is caused by the fluttering of the soft tissues at the back of your throat. As you sleep, your muscles relax and structures in the throat partially block your airway, causing the tissues of the soft palate and the tonsils to flap with each breath you take.
Snoring is most likely to occur if you are overweight or have excess soft tissue structure at the rear of your throat.
One option to help reduce snoring is a simple device worn during sleep. A night guard can be custom-made, which assists in repositioning the lower jaw, opening the airway to avoid the fluttering sounds produced as you breathe.
Sleep apnoea is a serious condition whereby your breathing stops due to your airway being completely blocked. It is common among adults but is rare among children.
When you experience each apnoea episode, your breathing will stop and your brain will tell your body to wake up to open the air passage. This may happen numerous times during the night and you won’t necessarily wake up enough to realise what’s happened.
Due to this disruption in your sleep rhythm you will suffer each day from a severe lack of sleep. Often this condition can go unnoticed for many years and you may have accepted the exhaustion not knowing there could be a possible concern.
SYMPTOMS OF SLEEP APNOEA
- Frequent waking episodes at night
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Loud snoring
- Aggressive sleep behaviour – i.e. tossing and turning
- Disrupted breathing, gagging, gasping or choking for air during sleep
Sleep apnoea patients can suffer from many health conditions such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency and headaches.