Snoring can be a problem for both the person snoring and the person they share a bed with. In both cases it is unlikely that either person is getting good sleep. In some cases, the snorer is even put in a separate room to sleep.
The Sleep Health Foundation estimates that as many as 40% of Australians snore while sleeping. Snoring is caused by vibrations in a part of the throat called the pharynx. While men are more likely to have risk factors associated with snoring, women can also snore.
Here are some of the known factors that can increase the risk of snoring:
People who snore are at risk of developing OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnoea), it is a serious condition with potential physical side effects from poor oxygenation during sleep, if left untreated. If you wake up feeling as if you’ve not slept, you could have obstructive sleep apnoea.
Long-term interpersonal effects from OSA can include personality changes, memory loss, and sleepiness/drowsiness. If you (or someone you know) are snorers, talk to us.
If you need a Brisbane dentist who understands and treats sleep disorders caused from teeth and mouth problems, call us at Hawthorne Dental and arrange an appointment with Dr Andy Pham. We have safe and simple anti-snoring devices with minimal side effects that can help you and/or your household get the vital sleep you need.