While people often find humor in snoring sounds, chronic snoring is not something to ignore. When loud snoring leads to daytime fatigue, it may be a sleep apnea symptom. About five to ten percent of U.S. adults suffer from sleep apnea, and the majority go undiagnosed. People afflicted with the disorder wake up feeling exhausted. Snoring affects their relationships, and they experience mood issues during the day.
There are several reasons why people snore, but the loud breathing response usually occurs when mouth and throat muscles relax during sleep. This results in a smaller airway. Less space makes it harder for each breath to pass through. When air can’t get through the tight area, it glides over the soft tissues of the throat and mouth. The vibrating movement causes snoring. Additional factors that can contribute to snoring include:
The good news is, there are medical advances now available to help reduce or prevent chronic snoring in sleep apnea patients. Our Rockville, MD office provides our patients mandibular advancement devices (MAD) to control sleep apnea symptoms for more restorative sleep.