If you sleep alone, then you might not be especially motivated to stop snoring. In fact, you might not even know if you do snore. Otherwise, however, the consistent noise can be quite the disturbance to your sleeping partner, as well as to everyone else who sleeps under the same roof. In most cases, snoring can also prove dangerous to your own health, as it could lead to a decrease in the oxygen that your body receives. For some patients, snoring is only the tip of the iceberg, and can be a symptom of a serious disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea.
Quieter, More Peaceful Rest
The sound of snoring is generated when your airway is slightly obstructed as you sleep, usually a result of abnormally sized or extremely relaxed oral tissues. The severity of your snoring depends on the degree of the obstruction, and minor cases can often be corrected by taking steps to avoid airway obstruction. For mild to moderate snoring, try:
- Working out regularly—Being overweight is a significant risk factor for chronic snoring. By working out regularly, you can tone your body’s muscles and tissues, reducing the chances of excessive oral tissue blocking your airway. Exercise also keeps your respiratory system strong and healthy so you can breathe more effectively.
- Not sleeping on your back—If you sleep on your back, then gravity can cause your oral tissues to collapse into your airway. Try sleeping on your side or stomach to eliminate the snoring risks associated with sleeping on your back.
- Blow your nose before bed—An airway obstruction doesn’t have to originate with your oral tissues. If you have a stuffy nose, or suffer from sinus congestion, then snoring might be unavoidable unless you clear your nasal passages before going to sleep.
- Seek your dentist’s help—Sleep apnea describes when your airway is completely blocked, and you are repeatedly forced to stop breathing in your sleep. Marked by loud snoring, you might not realize that your condition is indicative of sleep apnea unless you seek a professional diagnosis and treatment.
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As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.