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The Relationship Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Nearly 100 millions Americans snore while they sleep. There is a very good chance that if you don’t snore, your significant other or someone you know does. What many people don’t realize is there are two different types of snoring.

Some people are primary snorers whose sleep is unaffected by their snoring – this makes up about half of all people who regularly snore. The other half of those who snore fall into the category of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) snorers, which is classified as a sleep disorder that can very seriously affect sleep and health.

What is snoring?

If you were to feel the roof of your mouth you would notice that toward the back the tissue stops being hard and starts to feel softer. The hard portion of the roof of your mouth is called the hard palate whereas the soft portion in the back is known as the soft palate. When you snore that’s the soft palate reverberating when you take a breath. The muscles in the mouth relax, the jaw slips forward and this result in snoring.

Primary Snorers

Primary snorers, also known as simple snorers are typically marked by light and infrequent snoring. Simple snorers do not experience significant interruptions to their sleep cycles and are not typically affected in a negative way due to their snoring.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Snorers

OSA Snorers are marked by their often intense snoring, occasional gasping and pauses in breathing. This form of snoring can and does affect people’s sleep cycles in a negative way, which can lead to a number of health conditions. This condition can be made worse by oversized tongue and tonsils, obesity, and age.

If you are constantly being poked and prodded by your significant other or having to poke and prod just to get a good night sleep,  please contact us today and we will be happy to help solve your snoring problem!

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