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Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Is Snoring Affecting Your Sleep?

Snoring is a serious problem, not only for the person sleeping with you, but also for yourself. It can affect your health, putting you at risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. This problem is more common in overweight men, but it can happen to anyone at any stage in their life. If you have contributing factors to snoring, such as heartburn or nasal allergies, it can make the problem even worse. Chronic snoring is a serious problem that needs to be treated in order to promote a good sleeping pattern for you and your loved ones.

Why Do You Snore?

Snoring is caused by an obstruction in the back of your throat. When the air is not able to move freely, it causes vibration in the tissues in the back of your mouth and nose. The resulting sound of the vibration is snoring. There are many reasons that you may snore. A few of the most common include:

  • Thicker than normal palate
  • Longer uvula
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Allergies
  • Deviated septum
  • Excessive weight
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Sometimes you are born with risk factors for snoring, while other times they are lifestyle habits that you can change on your own in order to minimize your risk of snoring. Regardless of the reason, you need to get help for your snoring in order to enhance your overall health and protect your relationship with your loved ones.

How to Tell If You Snore

It is quite obvious that you snore if your loved ones complain to you quite often in the morning, but there are also some physical signs that can let you know that snoring is affecting the quality of your sleep. If you are chronically tired during the day despite the fact that you slept for six to eight hours; it is difficult for you to stay focused; you have a chronic sore throat or you never feel as if you got a good night’s sleep, snoring could be to blame. Snoring can cause you to wake up multiple times throughout the night, whether you are conscious of that fact or not. This affects the quality of sleep that you receive, making functioning during the daytime very difficult.

Help for Snoring

There are several ways that you can help to minimize your snoring. By leading a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet and exercise program, you can maintain a healthy weight, lowering your risk of snoring. In addition, watching your alcohol consumption and properly treating your nasal allergies can help to decrease your snoring. If you find that even when you lead a proper lifestyle that you still suffer from this problem, we can help. We partner with the experts in the area to ensure a proper diagnosis of your sleep issues as well as the proper subsequent treatment. We offer oral appliance therapy that is minimally invasive, comfortable and effective, allowing you and your partner to get a good night’s sleep once again.

Contact us today to find out if you are a good candidate for oral appliance therapy, and put the long nights of chronic snoring behind you once and for all.

Northwest Dental Sleep Center – Edmonds, WA
8405 196th St SW, Edmonds, WA 98026
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Northwest Dental Sleep Center – Mount Vernon, WA
2210 Kulshan View Dr, Suite 101, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
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