not alone. Almost half all U.S. adults
snore at least occasionally, and about 1 in every 4 adults snore habitually. 1 Two thirds of all partnered adults say that their
partner snores and causes a loss of an hour’s sleep every night! 2, 3 And worse yet, 28% of snorers also experience
sleep apnea. 4
What Causes Habitual Snoring?
sleep, the flow of air through the passages at the back of your mouth and nose can
become turbulent due to obstruction from a variety of reasons. This turbulent
air flow produces vibrations, generating the snoring sound which disrupts
healthy sleep, interrupts your partner’s rest, and can lead to serious health
consequences, like sleep apnea.
And What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a severe
disorder which causes you to stop breathing while asleep. Because this deprives your brain of oxygen,
it can cause morning headaches, loss of interest in sex, or a decline in mental
functioning. It can also lead to high
blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, and an increased risk of heart attacks
and stroke. 5
you suffer from poor sleep quality due to obstructive sleep apnea, your
likelihood of being involved in a car crash is as much as six times greater
than someone without a sleep disorder.
And your bed partner may suffer from a side-effect of apnea known as “Spousal
Arousal Syndrome,” waking up as many as 21 times an hour 6 as
you stop and start breathing with a gasp.
Treating Your Sleep Disorder
Sleep apnea and snoring are often traced to a nasal or sinus problem.
You may be experiencing swelling from allergies, you may have obstruction from
sinusitis, polyps, or nasal valve collapse.
Abnormalities or changes in tissues of the tongue and throat can also
contribute to snoring and sleep apnea
All of these conditions need evaluation and treatment by an ENT
specialist, like Dr. Skarada. He is a board-certified Ear Nose & Throat
specialist and can evaluate your specific situation to offer the best and most
advanced treatment and care available.
The TMJ Disorder and Sleep Apnea Correlation
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) is a painful
misalignment of your
jaw joint, and its surrounding muscles, where your jawbone connects to your
skull. It’s the joint that allows you to chew, swallow,
talk and yawn and its position is influenced by the alignment of your upper and
In many sleep
apnea cases there is a connection with TMJD.
The tongue’s position is also affected by the alignment of your upper
and lower teeth. When teeth are
misaligned, your tongue can block the airway as you sleep, causing you to wake
up frequently throughout the night.
Modern Nose dental specialist, Dr. Nahmjee Lee-Skarada, can evaluate your particular sleep
disorder to determine if it is connected to TMJD.
Our Sleep & Snoring Specialists can give both you and your partner a better night's rest.
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