People who snore loudly are often the target of bad jokes and often elbowed in the middle of the night, but snoring is no joke. Although loud snoring is disturbing at best a social problem that can affect relationships. For many men, women and even children, loud habitual snoring may signal a potentially fatal disease: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA.
How it manifests itself the Snore?
Snoring occurs when the airway or passage through which we breathe becomes partially blocked or obstructed. An example would be a tongue that falls back as we enter the deepest stage of sleep. As the diameter or size of the passage of the airways is decreased, the end result is a muffled sound vibrations to the secondary throat, or snoring.
In many situations, the commitment is small and the body continues to receive adequate oxygen causing little or no harm. However, this is a warning signal, it can also be a signal early or as part of sleep apnea. Most who suffer from sleep apnea snore between bouts of apnea, or interruption of oxygen. A sleep study should be made to determine the severity of the condition of the patient.
Chances are that your spouse, other family members, or your coworkers, be concerned with the problem. They also suffer from loud snoring, or feel the signs of a body that is not sleeping well at night because they are sleepy during the day. Recently, a condition known as "secondary snoring" has been researched and demonstrated that cost the bed partner of a snorer an average of 1.5 hours of sleep each night. Snoring, in fact, was also shown to be a major cause of divorce.
What are the symptoms snoring and sleep apnea?
• Waking up after a night in bed and feeling tired
• Waking up to headache
• Sleepiness during the day
• Falling asleep during the day
• Lack of concentration during the day
• Waking at night with a feeling of breathlessness
• Decrease of psychomotor behavior, and sexual activity
These symptoms are more common for people who snore during sleep. Since people who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea and have these other symptoms stronger (See page Apnea).
Snoring is not necessarily Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
It is important to distinguish between snoring and OSA (See page Apnea). Many people snore and it is estimated that approximately 30% to 50% of the population snores one time or another, significantly. Everyone has heard stories of men and women whose snoring can be heard rooms away from where they are sleeping.
Snoring of this magnitude can cause several problems, including marital discord, sleep disturbances and episodes of waking up at night because of their own snoring. But snoring is not always equal to OSA, it is sometimes only a social inconvenience. Still, even being just a social inconvenience can require treatment, and there are several options available for chronic snorers (See page Treatment).
The solution with the Anti-Snoring and Sleep Apnea Device
The Anti-Snoring and Apnea device developed by Dr. de Oliveira Prenticesidinei treats both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), advancing the jaw forward. It is a device tailor made consisting of upper and lower dental plaque with a single coupling mechanism. If necessary, one component can be added to make the device adjustable by providing adjustable levels and incremental advancement of the jaw, which improves the effectiveness and comfort level of treatment, as the jaw is moved only in so far as is necessary to relieve snoring and eliminate the risk of OSA. (Learn more on the page Anti-Snoring Device)
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