The experts estimate around 80 million people snore in the US alone. If you also add in the spouses and children who listen to the snoring, that total is far greater! Snoring causes many health problems, not just the anger and frustration from listening all night. Amazingly, so many spouses whose partner snores are also having health issues from lack of sleep!
Many of you may think your family member can control their snoring, but that’s far from the truth. Snoring occurs after one falls asleep and in many cases is related to the muscles, tongue, and soft palate relaxing and dropping back which blocks the airway. The noise that ensues is the person trying to get air past this "blockade" Some patients stop breathing for over 40 seconds at time, a very dangerous situation.
In short snoring is not normal and should be checked by professionals. The good news is that most snoring and sleep apnea is treatable by the use of intra oral dental devices or CPAP machines.
Please do not hesitate to contact Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF with regards to information on snoring and sleep apnea, 713-668-2289.