Life does not end when we sleep even though many of us may think that we are done for the day once we hit the sack and close our eyes. It is true, though, that we may temporarily forget our concerns and problems as we drift off to unconsciousness and dreamland but that does not mean our body ceases to function. If it does, then we are dead for sure.
Sleep is supposed to help our body recuperate from the stresses of the day and recharge in anticipation of the new day. However, it is not always the case for some loud snorers. For couples, this may be a big issue since both partners are affected and end up losing precious sleep.
As annoying it may be to the partner who does not snore, it is a serious health concern for the partner who snores. Experts have identified snoring as a health risk that may ultimately lead to a long list of chronic and debilitating (even deadly) health conditions.
Annoying and more often than not, disruptive, snoring is the most common problem affecting more than 90 million Americans of both genders and all ages.
The National Sleep Foundation says 37 million Americans snore on a regular basis.
More than an annoyance, snoring is body’s way of telling you something is wrong, according to doctors. It has many causes and the trick is to find out why you snore, which is difficult.
And the experts have spoken. Indeed, there is more to snoring than just making loud and annoying sounds during sleep.
Dr. Sherif Al-Farra at the or University or North Texas Health Science Center said snoring happens when the airway collapses or closes up.
“Almost all patients with sleep apnea snore,” he said.
Sleep Apnea happens when the person actually stops breathing briefly during sleep. It’s a condition doctors said can lead to heart disease, stroke and even death.
If you’re a snorer, it is not yet the end of the world. There is a way to save you and your partner from a horrible, sleepless night and even improve your health and they have to do with anti-snoring devices. The question now is do they really work?
“When you sleep, the back of your throat relaxes. That narrows your airway and, as you’re breathing in, it causes it to vibrate,” explains Hutchison. So, many anti-snoring products are aimed at opening up that airway, or the tunnels that lead to it. For example, you can buy hollow nose plugs that, instead of closing the nostrils, prop them open.
“If you have a deviated septum or something like that, those could help open up your nose and decrease snoring,” says Hutchison, but they won’t help everyone because “most snoring appears in the back of your throat.”
Other devices are designed to force sleepers to turn on their sides.
“Sleeping on your back makes your tongue block your airway a little, sort of like the skinny part of a balloon, when you let air out of it,” Hutchison says. So some devices combine straps and pillows that make sleeping on your back uncomfortable — or poke you if you roll over.
There is a breakthrough anti-snoring device you can try that mimics the effect of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), which is the ideal snoring/ sleep apnea treatment using a handy yet powerful device you can use on your own at home.
A new device to stop snoring will be unveiled in Sydney today, World Sleep Day.
The O2Vent W is a winged-style device – the third oral appliance in Oventus Medical’s growing portfolio of treatments for snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
It differs from previous models in that it uses a dual mechanism to stabilise the jaw and smoothly advance it forward, which does not lock the upper and the lower jaw together, and it incorporates the patented Oventus airway technology, which acts as a “second nose”.
And experts are positive that this new anti-snoring device can be of big help to loud snorers.
“Obstructions of the nose and soft palate are major contributors to sleep apnoea and the Oventus Airway Technology allows us to bypass that,” he said.
“This new addition to the O2Vent product family is creating a treatment platform that with continued research, is changing the paradigm of care for patients suffering from OSA.”
Pay attention to every aspect of your life – whether awake or not – because they do matter. You may be clueless as to what happens to your body when you drift off to slumber but that is not an excuse to neglect issues like snoring if you happen to be a loud snorer. It is a serious health condition that is often underrated but you may end up not waking up from sleep if you don’t get yourself checked and treated any sooner.