It might surprise you to learn that snoring is a medical condition. It won’t surprise you to learn it is twice as common in men as in women. Snoring indicates that you have a partial airway obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. Loud snoring may indicate a potentially life-threatening disorder called sleep apnea.
There are many reasons a person might snore: mouth breathing; large tonsils / adenoids; excessive fatty tissue in the neck; enlarged tongue and uvula; receding chin (position or size); excessive fatigue; or sedatives including alcohol and sleeping pills.
There are basic ways to stop snoring without treatment, such as losing weight, stopping smoking, limiting sedatives, avoiding sleeping on your back, or reducing alcohol consumption, especially before bed. More serious intervention includes dental appliances.
Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) is a medical device to treat sleep apnea. The equipment has three basic parts -- an air pump, a mask that covers the nostrils or nose and sometimes the mouth, and a tube to link the two. The CPAP pump takes air from the room and gently pressurises it. The air blows through the tube and mask into the throat. It delivers air continuously at a slightly increased pressure to ensure your airway doesn’t collapse when you breathe in.
If you snore excessively, perhaps a few basic lifestyle changes will help. If you think you are suffering from sleep apnea, come and see us, as a CPAP might be what you need.