Snoring and sleepiness affects over 40% of the adult population, often causing significant health and quality of life problems.
Aside from health risks, snoring is a major cause of frustration in relationships. Many couples need to sleep in separate bedrooms which can cause discomfort and is particularly a problem when travelling.
Perhaps the most significant issue surrounding snoring is how detrimental it is to the quality of sleep of the snorer. When you breathe normally, air passes through the nose and past the flexible structures in the back of the throat such as the soft palate, uvula and tongue. Whilst you are awake muscles hold the airway open. When you fall asleep these muscles relax, and the quality of air going to your body can be significantly reduced.
Snoring is the sound of obstructed breathing during sleep in which the soft tissues at the back of the throat lose muscle tone, flop back and vibrate.
There are many and varied way to stop/control snoring. At Dr Levi’s Sleep clinic we have many options available.
Sleep CPAP machines used to be regarded as the gold standard for Sleep Apnoea however MAS (Mandibular Advancement Splints) are now being used with great success without the cumbersome and uncomfortable aspects of the CPAP machines. As a customised solution and one that is less obstructive, oral appliances are gaining more and more popularity.
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