May 11, 2019
When you think of ways to improve your love life, chances are a sleep apnea snoreguard isn’t very high on your list. But maybe it should be. Many sleep apnea sufferers no longer share a bedroom with their significant others because of their loud snoring.
If your significant other is sleeping in a separate room because of your snoring, a sleep apnea snoreguard can put you back in close physical proximity. Our own Dr. Steven Airey wears one. He says he might not still be married without his snoreguard!
If not sharing a bedroom is hurting your love life, call Appalachian Dental Care at 828-355-5673. Dr. Airey will fit you for a custom-made snoreguard that not only stops your snoring but relieves uncomfortable sleep apnea symptoms.
A snoreguard may also help make you more pleasant to be around. If you have sleep apnea, your rest is briefly interrupted as many as hundreds of times a night. Not surprisingly, this means you don’t get a good night’s sleep. Many sleep apnea sufferers awaken from a night’s sleep feeling as if they haven’t slept at all. This can make you irritable – and that is obviously not good for your relationship with loved ones.
You’ll Feel Better With a Sleep Apnea Snoreguard
Sleep apnea isn’t just hard on your personal relationships; it’s hard on your physical health too. You know how bad you can feel when you’re tired? You feel that way much of the time with sleep apnea, because you aren’t getting restful sleep. In addition, research has linked apnea to multiple serious health issues, including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Sleep apnea sufferers are also two-and-a-half times more likely to be involved in traffic accidents while driving a motor vehicle, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Snoreguard vs. CPAP
Sleep apnea is caused by your tongue or other soft tissues blocking your airway when you sleep, causing you to briefly stop breathing many times a night. This interrupts your rest as you gasp for breath. Keeping your airway open solves the problem. Two of the most common ways of doing this are a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine and a snoreguard.
A CPAP fills your airway with a stream of pressurized air. You breathe the air through a mask worn over part of your face. The snoreguard gently moves your jaw into a position that keeps your airway open. Another type of snoreguard pulls your tongue forward.
Many people find a snoreguard easier to get used to than a CPAP. With no mask, tubing, or noise from a motor, your bed partner will probably find it less disruptive too! A snoreguard is also easier to use on the go. It doesn’t require batteries or electricity, so you can use it anywhere. Transporting it is as simple as slipping it into a pocket or purse.
You can buy snoreguards online and from some retail stores. However, they just don’t fit like a custom-made snoreguard, which is made using impressions of your teeth. If a snoreguard doesn’t fit well, you’ll be tempted to leave it on your nightstand instead of wearing it.
A snoreguard typically works well for mild or moderate cases of sleep apnea. If your apnea is more severe, you may need a CPAP or possibly even surgery.
Is There Anything Else You Can Do for Sleep Apnea?
Using a sleep apnea snoreguard will be even more effective if you’re also willing to make some behavior changes. For example, many sleep apnea sufferers find that losing weight helps relieve their symptoms. In addition, it’s a good idea to:
- Sleep on your side instead of your back
- Avoid alcohol before bedtime
- Quit smoking, if you’re a smoker
- Avoid using tranquilizers or other sleep medications
- Get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day
If you’re interested in learning more about a sleep apnea snoreguard, call Appalachian Dental Care at 828-355-5673.