Snoring can take its toll on even the most energetic and optimistic people, especially if it becomes a nightly problem. Whether you live with a snorer or you are dealing with grumbling from others in your household, we can help.
Why do I snore?
The most common reasons people snore include:
allergies and illnesses (such as colds, which cause congestion)
sleeping on your back
Taking sedatives can also cause you to snore. Many people snore occasionally, usually when they change their sleeping position or they are struggling to breathe due to a short-term illness such as a cough or cold. However, some people snore on a regular basis and this can be a sign that your body is struggling to get enough oxygen when you sleep.
What can be done to stop snoring?
Snoring varies in severity and in mild cases, making lifestyle changes can have a very positive impact. Examples of these changes including giving up drinking alcohol in the evenings, cutting down or quitting smoking, losing weight, changing your sleeping position and doing more exercise. Not taking sedatives can also help you to stop snoring. If you struggle to get to sleep, there may be other therapies, which could help.
In more severe cases, we recommend Somnowell treatment. This involves placing a mandibular advancement appliance in the mouth before you go to sleep. This appliance is designed to move the jaw forward and hold it in this position and it helps to aid snorers by increasing air flow. We have been using Somnowell treatment for several years and we find it to be extremely effective.
Snoring is often a problem people joke about, but it can actually have a very negative impact on a person’s life. Snoring increases the risk of interrupted sleep patterns, which can affect mood, energy levels and concentration. It often has a knock-on effect on others in the household. If you’re worried about snoring, or snoring is causing strain on your relationships or creating problems at work, we have the solutions to help you sleep peacefully all year round.
Why do we snore?
Snoring is very common and most people snore every now and then. Often, snoring is linked to sleeping position, allergies and illnesses (such as coughs and colds). Sometimes, however, it can indicate that the body is struggling to get sufficient oxygen. If you snore on a regular basis, it is advisable to seek help to enable you and the people around you to enjoy peaceful nights of sleep.
The most common risk factors for snoring include: drinking alcohol, smoking, obesity, allergies and lying on your back can also increase the risk of snoring.
What can be done for snoring?
Often, adapting sleeping position can help with snoring, but if snoring persists or you snore on a regular basis no matter which position you sleep in, other steps may be recommended. In many cases, lifestyle changes can make a significant difference and it’s advisable to try and adapt a healthier lifestyle if you are overweight, you smoke or you drink more than recommended daily intake of alcohol. Losing weight, quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake and doing more exercise can all help with snoring.
We are also able to provide custom-designed anti-snoring appliances such as Somnowell, that help to increase air flow while you sleep. Somnowell appliances work by moving the jaw forward slightly, which helps to keep the airway open. Treatment can also be beneficial for people who suffer with sleep apnoea and tooth grinding.
Sleeping should be a wonderful time to relax, ease away the woes of the day and also dream of beautiful things. However, it can also lead to illness and even a premature death if your sleep patterns are being interrupted by certain things- things caused by sleep apnea. Your heart, brain and lungs work together to keep you going during sleep mode in order to get blood and oxygen around your system; it only takes a minor altercation in this natural rhythm though and it makes each organ work harder and the heart will be the first to suffer. Air goes in through your mouth and nose and if there is any blockage at all, it can make all of the organs flutter and without you knowing it, your breathing can actually stop for periods of up to thirty seconds at a time, and this is where the stress hits the body. People most likely to suffer from this are heavy drinkers and smokers, people on high doses of medication and obese people, plus anyone who has suffered damage to the nervous system. If you feel you may be suffering from apnea, then get professional advice from Clifton Dental as they serve the Bath region and can advise you how to get around this killer.
Your body is a temple and when it is firing on all cylinders, you will live a healthy and long life. However, if you live quite an unhealthy lifestyle, are obese and snore horrendously in your sleep, it is a sure sign that you are going to have problems with the way that your body operates naturally, especially when you go to sleep at nights. During this time, your heart lungs and brain are meant to work in unison to keep you alive, but if any part of this jigsaw is tampered with in any way, especially with the way you breathe, it can lead to a faltering in the system. Your brain will have problems sending messages to your lungs to take in air, which in turn, will stall the heart and prevent blood and oxygen from being sent back through the body and up into the brain again. This is sleep apnea and it is a killer because all of this stress will cause your heart to stop. Breathing, if hampered, can stop up to 30 seconds at a time and this will eventually lead to your downfall throughout the body. Fatigue through the day is a sign that you have sleeping irregularities at night and you need to get yourself looked at. The Clifton dental studio in Bristol can advise you on what to look for and how to get treated for this potentially fatal condition in Weston-super-mare.
If you have ever gone through an operation that has involved your central nervous system, it is a very delicate process, but the hangover from this is the ways messages from the brain are sent around the body. Any damage to the nervous system can seriously hinder the way the rest of your body operates and receives these messages, which can affect the way you breathe when you sleep. The obstructive nature caused from this damage can prevent the way your brain regulates your breathing and it can cause a shut-down in your breathing for up to 20 seconds or more. In this time, the rest of your body panics as it will try desperately to overcome the problem. Your heart is one of the most affected by this as it needs the oxygen in order to pump blood around your body. What we have here is a system failure and over a period of time, your heart will give up altogether. Treating the problem is complex, so you will need to get a professional angle on the condition. The Clifton dental studio in Bristol is well versed in problems such as this and you are lucky if you live in Chepstow, because they serve your area.
One of the joys at the end of a hard working day in Bath is looking forward to a good night’s sleep. It’s the time the body and mind recovers for the next day and so on and so forth. However, this depends on your body functioning as it should during sleep, with your airways free so that the brain, the heart and lungs can breathe and regulate the oxygen that flows through the body. If anything interferes with this, the system will start to become stressed, each organ will be overworked and you may well be facing the danger of sleep apnea. Now this is not a condition that is easy to diagnose for doctors, but if left unchecked, it can have the potential to cause heart failure. If air is being blocked from going in, the breathing will become irregular and the heart will panic and stutter and then this sends confusing messages to the brain that tries to cope with the breakdown. This blockage in the breathing can normally be found in heavy drinkers, smokers and obese people, although people that have a damaged nervous system are also at risk. In any case, for those who live alone, it will be hard to spot, as one of the results of this is heavy snoring. There is another danger when you wake as well, as the brain is attempting to wake you whilst desperately trying to regulate the breathing again and this can impact on your breathing during the day without you even noticing it. But you may start to notice yourself very fatigued and irritable though, and this is the sign of bad sleeping. This is a very dangerous situation so if you are worried, you should contact Clifton Dental in Bristol for advice on treating this in your area.
Sleep apnea is the night-time phantom that causes many nocturnal deaths and auto-mobile accidents. It is caused by the frequent relaxation of tissues in the throat whilst unconscious and manifests in pauses of breath. Snoring may cause sleep apnea. The vibrations in the throat that accompany snoring have been known to damage the tissue there, making it more difficult to relax during sleep. As a night-time disease, sleep apnea is incredibly hard to diagnose- there is very little chance to identify the symptoms and as such, many people are unaware of the risks they face every night.
The risk of developing high blood pressure is greatly elevated in patients who suffer from sleep apnea, this is caused by the infrequent rhythm of respiration. When there are pauses in breathing, oxygen levels in the body decrease and cause the blood vessels to constrict in order to return blood to the vital organs.
The strain these breaks in breathing put on the heart can ultimately cause a heart attack, it can be caused be an increase in thoracic pressure or the lack of oxygen reaching the muscles in the heart. Sudden and aggressive rises in systolic pressure can cause ruptures or clotting in the blood vessels that return oxygen to the heart. Finally, a decrease in concentrations of oxygen in the body can cause a stroke when the brain is starved of oxygen. Strokes may not always be fatal but can cause extensive nerve and tissue damage and even loss of brain function. With support from Clifton Dental of Bristol,
You’d like to think that when you rest your head down after a hard day in Bath and go to sleep, you are going to wake the next morning, jolly and joyful and ready for a brand new day. But if you are finding that when you wake, you are irritated, tired and frankly, can’t be bothered to do a thing throughout the day, then you should start to question what is going on and get to your dentist and quiz them on the subject of sleep apnea. We assume when we sleep that all is okay and that we will wake normally- that’s as long as we are healthy. If however you drink outrageously, or are on heavy medication, indeed suffering from the hangover of a severe operation, this will upset your natural apple-cart and it can lead you to snore at night. Snoring is a result of blocked airwaves and in a way your dentist can supply you with some sort of device to help you out. But we are avoiding the real issue here: when you go to sleep at night, the body goes into automatic- this involves the brain, the heart and the lungs working in unison. But take any little issue that stops all three from working properly and throw it into the equation and then your breathing becomes erratic- this can not only stop the way you breathe at nights but also put strain on your heart and in the end, cause it to fail. Look out for the signs and if you feel something is going wrong, get to your doctor or dentist for advice.
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects people when they sleep. It actually involves the temporary cessation of breathing during sleep due to a blocked airway and can have very serious health complications. Sleep apnea is linked to heart disease and stress and can be very damaging to your overall health. What is even more amazing about the condition is that some people are completely unaware that they have it. Because it only occurs during the night, unless a loved one notices, you are unlikely to know what is happening when you sleep. Even then, many people simply mistake sleep apnea for snoring, which is the sound omitted during breathing while asleep.
There are two main types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by the collapse of the soft palate at the back of the throat. This temporarily blocks the airways before it is reopened again. This can happen many times each night putting a great deal of strain on the body. The other type of sleep apnea is central sleep apnea (CSA), which is caused in the respiratory centre of the brain which stops sending signals to the lungs to breathe. The two are very different but ultimately have the same consequences.
Sleep apnea is the underlying cause of many health conditions such as stress and anxiety. In children it is often the reason for low attention span and underachieving in school. Sleep apnea, specifically OSA, can be treated by Bath dentists who can use special appliances to be worn at night to prevent the palate from collapsing. This will hopefully be able to allow you a good nights sleep for the first time in a long time. Without knowing it, you could be making the most important change to your life. Make an appointment with your dentist if you have concerns about sleep apnea.
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