Living with a partner that snores is one thing, a partner that snores and has sleep apnea is another. Eitherway you look at it, one suffers as much as the other. For the former, both conditions is a form of airway obstruction, sleep apnea being the more serious one. For the latter, it’s both for the sleepless nights and the anxierty of watching the other person appear as life is being sucked out of him or her..
Snoring happens when you can’t move air freely through your nose and mouth during sleep because the soft palate, tongue and throat relax and narrow. Fluttering of the soft palate tends to cause the snoring noise.
According to the Australian Sleep Health Foundation, about 40% of men and 30% of women will snore from time to time. More than 10% of regular snorers suffer from a serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea, where breathing stops repeatedly due to relaxed throat muscles, which is linked to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
The main factors leading to snoring, include:
The anatomy of your mouth and nasal airways;
Natural aging and declining collagen (loss of tissue tone)
Being male; Alcohol or sedative consumption, which relaxes throat muscles;
Smoking which may increase inflammation and fluid in the airways;
Allergies or a cold with nasal congestion;
Sleep position, which can obstruct the airways; and Being overweight and/or with a thick neck can obstruct airways.
Whilst some of these factors can be assisted with lifestyle and sleep posture changes, snoring often persists. Some sufferers are forced to consider more invasive and painful treatments such as surgery or the use of uncomfortable mouth splints, however, these have varied levels of success.
There is a new laser procedure treating the primary cause of snoring.
At Instant Laser Clinic, Our expert medical professionals begin by using the NightLase laser to preheat your inner mouth and throat. We then use the laser to smooth and tighten these tissues, shrinking the collagen fibres.* This reduces tissue vibration and improves air flow to your nose and mouth.
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