When the jaw opens and the tongue falls into collapses toward the rear of your throat, the airway narrows forcing air through the small opening. This creates vibrations in the throat known as snoring. Like allergies, you probably weren’t born with a snore. Rather, you acquired it over time.
Many people open their mouth while they sleep beginning at around five years of age. Gradually, muscle tissue in the mouth and throat can be pulled beyond their intended range. After this stretching occurs nightly snoring and the health risks associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea are increased. An anti-snoring device known as a jaw supporter can help you how to stop snoring by pushing the lower jaw forward repositioning the jaw and making it easier to breathe. Using an anti-snoring device relief is usually immediate, but it only lasts as long as the device is being worn.
OSA episodes occur soft tissues and the tongue or soft palate collapses onto the back of the upper airway area, forming an obstruction that hinders the ability of the air from the lungs. The negative pressure of inhaling pulls very hard on the airway and makes it difficult to breathe properly.
In order to breathe properly the person will often awaken many times throughout the night (although one rarely remembers the awakening) and they will often find themselves gasping and struggling to breathe properly. This process opens the airway and helps to prevent snoring from occurring. Several dozen episodes of waking up and gasping for air per hour while asleep is not uncommon. Consequently, repeating chronic episodes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea can cause depression and other health issue such as heart disease.
During the REM stage is when your major muscle groups (heart, etc.) relax. Without adequate REM sleep, your chances of heart failure are much greater than average. According to the National Sleep foundation 70% of all congestive heart failure and 60% of all stokes are directly related to some form of sleep disorder, primarily OSA.
Proper REM sleep eliminates many OSA symptoms during sleep time including: Limb jerking, punching, kicking, loud snorting, cessation of breathing, excessive daytime irritability, daytime fatigue, memory problems, poor concentration skills, heartburn, acid reflux, multiple trips to urinate during sleep time, depression, ADHD symptoms, loss of motivation and loss of motor skills.
Whether you are considering using a snoring mouthpiece or taking a sleep study you should consider your options and do what is best in your situation.