Have you ever got that shake in the middle of the night from your partner? The one where they say, “Honey, PLEASE stop snoring!” We see many patients in our office here in San Antonio that have gone through exactly that — every night!
Snoring seems like a harmless thing, but it is affecting you and your family more than you may realize. In fact, many of the patients we have helped to stop snoring tell us that they can’t believe how different they feel or how different their family dynamic is!
If you are caught snoring more often than not, it is time for you to find a better solution. We have snoring solutions that will work for you! We will help you find the best way to get a good night’s rest, for your entire family, once and for all!
Snoring Affects Everyone
The truth is that your loud snoring affects everyone in your home in one way or another. The most obvious effect is that your spouse or partner feels tired. Maybe you feel tired, too, from having someone wake you up all night. That exhaustion leads to tension in any relationship. That tension builds and affects your children or pets.
You can see how this one little thing is like dropping a stone in a pond. The results just continue to ripple away from the problem. Not having enough rest causes your health to suffer because your body doesn’t have the strength to fight off infection. If your snoring keeps your kids or spouse up, they’ll be suffering from the same problem! The cycle doesn’t end until you find a solution.
Snoring is a Sign of Sleep Apnea
Snoring is sometimes just that: snoring. However, there are many cases where snoring is something much more serious: sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disturbance condition that causes you to stop breathing while you are asleep. Your mind pulls you out of sleep to wake up and start breathing again, which means that you never really get the rest that you need because you are constantly being pulled awake.
Many people live with sleep apnea and never know, but the effects of sleep apnea are very real. Aside from the obvious exhaustion, sleep apnea is tied to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, weight gain, and stroke. It is not something to ignore. There are two types of sleep apnea: central sleep apnea (CSA) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). For the former, you would need to work with your primary physician. For the latter, we can help you right here in our office!
To treat OSA, we ordinarily begin with simple changes you can make that will allow you to sleep better and continue to breathe while you sleep! Let’s take a look at some of those things below.
Lose Weight – OSA is often connected with being overweight. The weight of your neck can sometimes cause the obstruction to your windpipe. Research shows that if you lose 10% of your body weight, your sleep apnea will improve by 30%! That’s a helpful way to improve your sleep!
Sleep Position – Sleeping on your back allows gravity to work against you. Your tongue or throat are more likely to obstruct your airway if you are laying on your back. A simple switch in your sleep position can greatly improve your sleep quality by ending your snoring and keeping your airway open.
Avoid Alcohol – Alcohol and other muscle relaxants are not helpful when you are living with sleep apnea. The relaxants make it more likely that you will end up snoring or having a closed airway.
Oral Appliances Can Make the Difference
If those simple lifestyle changes aren’t enough, we have another option that might make the difference for you and your family. We recommend oral appliances. An oral appliance is crafted to fit your mouth perfectly. You slip it into your mouth at night, and it pushes your lower jaw forward ever so slightly. This movement keeps your airway open so that you can breathe easier with fewer disturbances! Everyone in your home will notice the difference!
Call Today to Learn More
Are you ready to learn more about how you can end your snoring for good? Call our office today for more information or to set up your first appointment. We can’t wait to see you soon and to help you and your family get a more peaceful night’s rest!