What Causes Snoring & Its Effect On Oral Health?
We all know how disruptive it can be, but what are the reasons for snoring? And is snoring bad for us? Let’s break down the causes of snoring, what its effects can be, and how you can go about treating your snoring and start getting a good night’s sleep again.
First and foremost, is snoring bad?
While the act of snoring itself won’t hurt you, its symptoms have significant knock-on effects which can be negative for your overall health and wellbeing. As well as the noise being disruptive to your partner’s sleep, the vibrations caused by snoring and the blocked airway which make the ‘snoring’ noise can interrupt your quality of sleep. Missing out on deep sleep cycles in the long term can cause fatigue, a loss of focus during your waking hours, headaches, a sore throat and even leave your immune system more vulnerable to illness.
Snoring is caused by your airway becoming blocked either by your tongue, jaw or the roof of your mouth. When the muscles that control them are relaxed, they can narrow the size of your airway. The narrower this passage is, the louder your snoring will be, as air tries to make its way through. As a result, most snorers sleep with their mouth open to maximise airflow. You may have noticed dryness after you’ve woken up caused by sleeping with an open mouth. Apart from the unpleasant noise though, this open mouthed sleeping posture isn’t good for your oral health.
How snoring can affect your teeth
Our bodies are designed to repair themselves while we are asleep, and our mouths are no exception. In fact, saliva contains properties that fight bacteria and help to keep our mouth clean and our teeth healthy. When you fall asleep with your mouth open, saliva can’t do its work to protect your teeth, and germs can build up. This can lead to bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay. That might sound pretty scary, but luckily there are effective and affordable options to avoid this from becoming a more serious dental problem.
What is causing my snoring?
Ultimately, there are a variety of reasons for snoring, which can be caused by your natural oral posture as you sleep, weight issues, a family history of the condition, the consumption of tobacco and alcohol and even the position you sleep in. Dealing with the underlying causes can be a more complicated matter, and you should always consult your doctor if you’re concerned about the impact your snoring is having on your life.
So, what can I do about my snoring?
When it comes to alleviating the symptoms of snoring, adjusting your oral posture as you sleep can provide immediate relief and give you back a night of uninterrupted deep sleep cycles. With a nighttime mouthguard, this posture can be gently and effectively corrected, and scaled up or down according to your changing needs.
If you’re ready to get immediate relief for your snoring, check out the Knight Guard collection of night guards specifically designed to stop your snoring, protect your teeth and improve your wellbeing today.