Is snoring keeping you—or someone you love—up at night?
If so, you’re hardly alone. The National Sleep Foundation says that 90 million American adults snore at least occasionally, while 37 million do so on a regular basis.
Dr. Eric J. Kezirian, Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Southern California, explains that snoring is simply the vibration of structures inside your throat while you sleep.
While we’re sleeping, muscles of the throat and soft palate may relax, causing airflow to become turbulent, or irregular, which produces those annoying, familiar sounds of snoring.
But why do some people snore? Snoring can be caused by sleep apnea, but not always: about half of people who snore regularly have sleep apnea, while other cases are caused by other factors.
Snoring treatment involves determining what is causing the irregular airflow, then identifying ways to correct it. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, help may be as close as your dentist’s chair. A customized mandibular positioning device can be worn while you sleep, keeping your airway open, your bedroom quiet and helping you breathe easy while you sleep.More