Do you suffer from chronic snoring or noisy breathing during sleep? Ongoing and persistent snoring can be both disruptive and harmful to the person sleeping and those around them. There are many causes of snoring which include being overweight, being older, nasal decongestion, being pregnant, swollen or largemouth anatomy, being pregnant and drinking alcohol.
If you suffer from chronic snoring along with other indicators you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. OSA is a condition where there is a narrowing or blocking of your airway which causes a person to temporarily stop breathing. It’s important to note that not everyone who snores has OSA. Treatment for OSA can include lifestyle changes, use of a CPAP machine and potentially surgery. Some products that may help with this:
Dental devices– by using a custom fit mouth guard from your dentist you can help keep your jaw more forward which opens the airway and reduces snoring.
CPAP machine- this machine is used to keep your airway open at night by generating airflow through a fitted mask. It can be difficult initially to adjust but there are many types of masks that you could try to find the perfect and most comfortable fit.
Special pillows– there are special pillows that are made specifically to keep your airway aligned and open. They come in all different shapes and sizes and are designed to keep your chin away from your chest which helps to open the airway.
Sleepwear- specific sleepwear is designed to keep you from sleeping on your back which prevents the airway from being blocked. There are belts that have inflatable areas near the back and also special t-shirts that have tennis ball sized lumps inside of them which are both intended to make you feel uncomfortable sleeping on your back.
It’s important to remember that OSA can be treated effectively and you can sleep well again. For more information contact Oral Sleep of Arizona at (480) 503-0967.