VitalSleep Anti Snoring Mouthguard

VitalSleep Anti Snoring Mouthguard
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Monday, April 26, 2010

Does Being Overweight or Obese Cause Snoring?

Gaining weight and being obese can increase the chances of snoring as fat gathers around the throat and frequently women who have never snored before will do so during pregnancy, particularly in the later stages. When you are reclining the tongue can block the throat passage too and any tension in those muscles around the jaw can cause restrictions to the air passages.

Being overweight can also cause snoring because the excess abdominal fat and soft tissue elevates the diaphragm when one is lying on their back and face up which puts excess pressure on the soft tissue of the airways.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What Causes Snoring?

Some people snore without even being aware that they are doing it while others know that they snore but aren’t sure what causes it or how to stop it. Since it occurs when you are sleeping, unless you have a partner who is disturbed by your snoring you might not find it annoying or feel the need to do anything about it.

Snoring is generally caused by a weakness in the soft tissues inside your throat that results in an obstruction to air passages thereby causing the mouth to vibrate and produce sounds that can be almost inaudible or very loud.

Gaining weight can increase the chances of snoring as fat gathers around the throat and frequently women who have never snored before will do so during pregnancy, particularly in the later stages. When you are reclining the tongue can block the throat passage too and any tension in those muscles around the jaw can cause restrictions to the air passages.

If you have a cold or allergies, these can also affect or enhance snoring. Or if you drink too much coffee before retiring the blood vessels in the throat might enlarge thereby causing difficulty in breathing and ending in snoring. If you have a long neck or if you are lying on your back while sleeping, these can cause snoring as well and can be remedied by turning on your side or raising your head to minimize your tongue sliding backward into the air passage.

Some people have a deviation in the cartilage in their nostrils that can also cause snoring. Still others can snore because their tonsils are enlarged. Surgery can generally alleviate or minimize the amount of snoring for some people as well as some dental or jaw appliances can be tried. A good diet and regular exercise will also help but you should seek medical help because the condition can worsen to sleep apnea if not treated.

Monday, April 19, 2010

New & Best Tips to Stop Snoring

For those who snore – and more importantly those who share a bed with a snorer – it is important to find a way to minimize the snoring and hopefully stop it for good so no one is subjected to sleepless nights or constant interruptions.

Here are some basic tips to help you stop or minimize your snoring. If you find that these don’t work or your snoring gets worse, you should consult a physician.

1. Sleep with a firmer pillow as a soft pillow contributes to muscle relaxation and narrows your air passages.

2. Keep your head elevated with a larger pillow or additional pillows to keep your air passageways clearer.

3. Sleep on your side instead of your back or if you find yourself on your back during the night you should turn on your side.

4. Alcoholic beverages can cause your muscles to relax so limit the amount you drink before bedtime.

5. Sleeping pills, tranquilizers, antihistamines and other medications can also cause muscle relaxation and limitations on your air passages.

6. Dairy products can cause mucus build up so that “old wives tale” about a glass of milk before bedtime is probably not a good idea!

7. Rich foods like cookies, chocolate, pizza or cake or any large meal should not be eaten just before bedtime as when you have a full stomach it pushes up on your diaphragm to cause restrictions to passageways.

8. Take some honey before going to sleep as this will soothe the air passages.

9. Inhalation of steam or use of a humidifier can reduce congestion from a cold and moisturize the throat keeping it clear.

10. Smoking just before going to sleep can cause inflammation and swelling of the throat thereby narrowing the air passages.

12. Nasal strips are known to open up your nostrils and allow more air into the air passages thereby reducing snoring.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Can Tonsillectomy Reduce Sleep Apnea?

A tonsillectomy is a surgery to remove the tonsils. This surgery is often performed if your tonsils are enlarged and are blocking the airways during sleep. It is more often used to treat obstructive sleep apnea in children but it is almost never performed on adults especially if it is just to treat snoring.

For children and young adults who suffer from sleep apnea it is often found that it is caused by enlarged tonsils or adenoids and is therefore generally recommended as the first way to treat sleep apnea. It is found that more than 75% of these procedures are successful when treating children.

The improvements that are seen after a tonsillectomy are noticeable within six months after the surgery. These improvements include a decline in snoring and other restless sleep. It diminishes the number of colds and coughing that the child experiences as well. In many cases it also reduces hyperactivity and other behavioral problems that were prevalent before the surgery because the child is getting better rest and therefore more sleep.

The risks of this surgery are generally little if the child has no other medical conditions but some complications that could occur include excessive bleeding or infection. The patient will have some difficulty eating and swallowing for a few days after the procedure.

As with any surgery it is important to seek sound medical advice from a physician who understands and works with this type of problem. You should also check with your insurance company to ensure that the procedure is covered as it will most often not be if you only indicate that it is to reduce snoring.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Surgery For Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Surgery for a sleep disorder is not always possible, however, in cases where less invasive measures prove unsuccessful surgery may provide relief for patients with sleep apnea. In children, for example, apnea may be treated by removing the tonsils and adenoids. The reduction of excess soft tissue reduces or eliminates the apnea all together.

For adults, the surgery may involve uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, maxillomandibular advancement or tracheostomy. The first, also called UPPP requires the physician to remove tissue from the top of the throat and rear of the mouth (including tonsils and adenoids). This surgery is performed under a general anesthetic in a hospital and it can reduce snoring but may be ineffective in stopping all apnea episodes due to softer tissue further down the throat closing. The second procedure adjusts the jaw and pulls it forward in order to create more space beyond the tongue and soft palate. This reduces the amount of obstruction. Typically this procedure requires an oral surgeon to participate.

The third procedure, tracheostomy, is performed only when all other procedures have failed or in the case of life threatening apnea. A surgeon inserts a tube directly into the throat that may remain closed during the day, but is uncovered at night to allow breathing which bypasses any other obstructions. Newer procedures include the Pillar Procedure which inserts rods into the soft palate under local anesthetic and strengthens the soft tissue to prevent collapse.

Sleep apnea can be a debilitating condition, but many options exist for patients to treat, reduce or eliminate the sleep disorder.

Friday, April 9, 2010

New Snore Relieving & Homeopatic Remedies & Cures

f you are a snorer or live with one, you will probably do just about anything to stop the annoyance of interrupted sleep that is a routine part of your life. Although some of these remedies might seem bizarre and many might work for some people but not for others, they are all worth a try.

1. Raising the head of the bed so that the body is at an angle – not just the head. Some people use bricks or boards to create an elevated area although it must be sturdy.

2. Large foam pillows that are shaped like a triangle can give you repositioning your body needs although some people think using a solid flat pillow or no pillow at all works better.

You can sew a tennis ball to the back of your nightshirt or pajamas to ensure that you stay on your side as the discomfort of the tennis ball will make you sleep on your side.

4. Keeping your nasal passages moist with a humidifier or a saline solution will help to keep your air passages open for easier breathing.

5. Putting an open bottle of marjoram oil next to your bed will supposedly help your breathing.

6. Singing is supposed to increase your muscle control in the soft palate and in the throat thus reducing snoring – so give it a try – but not when you are trying to sleep. You should do this earlier in the evening!

7. An increase in weight can cause snoring therefore by adapting a healthy diet and regular exercise should help to decrease the chances of snoring.

8. Smoking, alcohol and heavy foods or meals before bedtime are all causes for snoring – therefore by decreasing or minimizing your input of these should help alleviate the snoring.

9. Going to bed at a regular bedtime is known to give you better rest and prevent snoring or minimize it.