Snoring isn’t just an annoyance. It can have significant health consequences. But there is relief at Mason Dental in Grapevine.
What is Snoring?
Snoring is caused by an an obstruction that restricts the flow of air in the throat. The obstruction can be caused by:
- Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue—when muscles relax they can collapse onto the airway. Alcohol use and sleeping pills can make this more likely.
- Thick throat tissue—Excess weight can be a contributing factor.
- Swollen tonsils and adenoids—Most common in children.
- Long uvula or soft palate
- Nasal congestion
- Deviated septum
People who snore may have a condition called sleep apnea—a serious health condition in which your breathing lapses while you are snoozing. This can occur repeatedly through the night.
If your snoring keeps your bed partner from sleeping, his or her health is also affected. Failure to get enough sleep contributes to a host of physical and mental conditions.
Most of us have experienced trouble concentrating when we haven’t gotten enough sleep. Did you know that can limit a person’s motor function and reaction time as seriously as intoxication?
Other possible health problems related to insufficient sleep include heart disease, obesity, depression, and diabetes.