The danger of snoring
Although the frequent subject of humor, in many cases, snoring
is no laughing matter! Not only does snoring disrupt the
sleep cycles of other family members, but in the case of sleep
apnea, snoring can be a sign of a dangerous health problem.
Sleep apnea actually cuts off the flow of oxygen to the brain,
and in severe cases can cause serious damage.
How snoring affects others
Even if sleep apnea is not indicated, the disruption of the sleep
cycles of family members can create a hazard. Recent studies have
indicated that repeated disruption of sleep patterns can cause sufferers
to perform motor skills at or below the levels of individuals who
are legally intoxicated! So even if your snoring is not a sign of
sleep apnea, it is likely that your snoring could be a real threat
to your loved ones, because impaired reaction behind the wheel of
an automobile can lead to disaster regardless of the cause.
What causes snoring?
Quite simply, snoring is caused by a partially obstructed
airway. When you sleep, the soft tissue and muscles in your
mouth and throat relax, causing your airway to become smaller.
If your airway becomes small enough, your soft palate and
uvula begin to vibrate when you inhale and exhale. These vibrations
are the cause of the sound most people call snoring.
If someone is snoring in your house, please make an appointment
for a consultation.