Snoring may not just be noisy breathing

Did you know that 4 of 10 Canadians suffer from snoring?

Snoring is more common in men than women, and the severity increases with ageing. Snoring indicates that there is a narrowing of the airways. While you sleep, the muscles of your throat relax, your tongue falls backward, and your throat becomes narrow. As you breathe, the walls of the throat begin to vibrate. These vibrations cause the sound of snoring. The narrower your airway becomes, the greater the vibration and the louder your snoring.

Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea but it is a key symptom and it is often the first indication of apnea. Why is that? Sometimes the walls of your throat collapse completely so that it is obstructed, causing apnea (cessation of breathing). At this point, you may wake yourself up with a grunt and a gasp or your partner may nudge you awake.

So, snoring is no longer just an inconvenience to your partner, but it can be a serious health problem.

If you think that you may suffer from sleep apnea, please contact us today.

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