Functional Breathing/Snoring

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Snoring affects millions of people of all ages, both male and female. Inadequate sleep can lead to health problems, such as high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease. Sleep deprivation can cause morning headaches, memory problems, weight gain, feelings of depression, and more. If you're not sleeping well, it could be that you're not breathing properly. Treatment procedures range from changing your sleep patterns to utilizing oral appliances that help open the airways during sleep.

Common Causes of Snoring

Snoring is caused by the vibrations of your soft and/or hard tissue palates; these vibrations occur because of increasingly narrow air passages. When air passes through these passages, a “flapping” sound occurs because the tissue is soft in nature. Surgery (to alleviate the snoring) is not always successful, however, because the sound may not originate from the soft palate; the snoring sometimes originates from tissues in the upper airway.

Common causes:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Health problems
  • Obesity
  • Obstructed nasal passages – deviated septum
  • Poor muscle tone of the tongue
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Sleep apnea
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Allergies

Sleep Apnea

Loud snorers may have a more serious case of blocked air passages, known as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). In these cases, the blockage of air is so great that no air can get through, causing repeated awakenings throughout the night.

It is important to be diagnosed by a medical professional if you experience any sleep-related symptoms.