Snoring is a common condition that refers to noisy breathing during sleep. This loud sound during sleep can be disturbing for others. This sound of snoring can be referred to as rattling, vibrating, sawing and is very unpleasant at times. It can disturb the sleep of your family members if you are sleeping in the same room.
The real cause behind snoring
From an anatomical point of view, snoring is caused by narrowing or partial blockage of the upper airway which is the nose and throat. The narrowing and blockage make the surrounding tissue vibrate as the air flows in and out of the respiratory tract.
Reasons behind snoring
Why do some people snore and others don't?. This question keeps ticking every person’s mind. To find an answer to this common question and the most probable question, you can take a closer look at the reasons behind snoring. Eliminating these reasons can help especially in the case of habitual snorers. The main reasons behind snoring are:
Swelling of surrounding tissues Bulky nasal and throat tissues Deformities of the nose such as Deviated Nasal Septum (DNS) or nasal polyps Gender: Males are more likely to snore Age: Elderly patients are more prone to snoring Respiratory diseases like chronic bronchitis, recurrent cold, and cough Asthma Prolonged use of long term medications The poor muscle tone of the tongue Long soft palate or uvula Flabby tongue An overweight and obese individual Alcoholism or chronic alcoholic drinker Chronic smoker Drug addiction Nasal or sinusitis Swollen adenoids in children Swollen tonsils Allergies Poor sleep posture Pregnancy Sleepless nights Poor quality of sleep
Chronic snoring can be a problem of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Snoring is not considered a disease or illness. In fact, it is just a symptom. Habitual snoring can be a sign of serious health issues. Snoring once a while due to overwork or sleepless nights is very common. If left untreated, it can lead to major complications.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is characterized by chronic snoring, frequent waking, or labored breathing. There are obstructive pauses of breath during sleep leading to problems in breathing. Sleep apnea can disrupt your sleep and affect the quality of life. A good night's sleep makes you feel happy, refreshed, and energetic in the morning. So whether you are habitual snoring or occasionally snoring, it's worth consulting the doctor to know the real cause behind it. There are many health risks associated with snoring like:
Cardiac diseases like hypertension Coronary artery disease Gastric diseases Mental health diseases Headaches and migraines Long term medications
The device eXciteOSA for snorers
A new device is being authorized by the FDA known as the eXciteOSA, which is a removable tongue muscle stimulation device that delivers neuromuscular stimulation to the tongue in order to reduce snoring and help patients with mild sleep apnea for those above the 18 years of age
The eXciteOSA device works by delivering electrical muscle stimulation through the mouthpiece on the tongue. The device has 4 electrodes, 2 placed above the tongue and 2 located below the tongue. The eXciteOSA works in series of electrical impulses with pauses in between the rest periods. It is used for 20 mins once a day in a wakeful state for a period of 6 weeks and followed by once a week later. The FDA granted authorization to the Signifier Medical Technologies and also reviewed the device for safety.