Have you ever caught yourself snoring? Suddenly waking up because of the noise you’re making? How about your partner? Has he or she poked, prodded and pushed you over as a snoring solution?

What is snoring?

Snoring is the sound—often quite loud—that occurs when your throat tissues in your throat vibrate as air flows past them when you breathe. It’s normal for any of us to snore occasionally but when it becomes chronic—disturbing your sleep as well as your partner’s—it’s time to seek out ways to stop snoring. This is especially true if it turns out the snoring is an indication of a serious health condition.

Why people snore

The causes of snoring may be the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses, allergies, congestion, alcohol consumption, or being overweight. In general, men are more likely than women to snore as well.

The reasons why you may snore are related to your airway (if too narrow, the airflow becomes forced), how relaxed the tissues in your throat are (if too relaxed they may partially block your airway), and vibration of throat tissues (more vibrating creates more volume). Sleep position may also affect snoring (which is why people roll over as a snoring solution).

In many cases, snoring is a result of the sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea, which carries with it symptoms that include:

  • Witnessed breathing pauses or slowdowns during sleep – loud snoring followed by periods of silence when breathing stops
  • Gasping or choking at night
  • Chest pain at night
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Morning headaches
  • Sore throat upon awakening
  • High blood pressure

Risk factors of chronic snoring

Habitual snorers not only deal with interrupted sleep (for themselves and their partners) but they may also be at risk for serious health problems that develop due to the chronic headaches, cardiac strain, low oxygen levels in the blood, drowsiness or fatigue during the day, and more. All these factors make it important to seek professional medical help to determine the factors causing you to snore—and work with a health practitioner to reduce or stop snoring.

Have you tried an anti-snoring mouthpiece?

While there medical devices and surgery available that could reduce habitual and disruptive snoring, these are neither ideal nor well tolerated by everyone. However, there is an anti-snoring solution that’s non-invasive and easy to use—an oral snore guard developed by Dr. Warren Boardman. Similar to a sports mouth guard or one made for orthodontia, this mouthpiece is a custom-fitted snoring solution worn while you sleep, to help you stop snoring and treat sleep apnea simply and effectively.

If your snoring is driving your partner into another bedroom or causing you to lose sleep, energy and focus, contact the Bergen County Center for Snoring, Sleep Apnea and CPAP Intolerance for a consultation. Based in Ridgewood, NJ, the Bergen County Center has fitted more than 1300 people with custom anti-snoring oral appliances throughout northern New Jersey and the NY/NJ metro area.