What is Sleep Apnea?

Around half of all men and around 30% of all women snore. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea but it can be a key symptom of it.

Snoring loudly could be an indication of sleep apnea, a disorder in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly during sleep, you gasp for air or make loud noises from your mouth or throat during sleep

People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have repeated episodes of partial or complete obstruction of the throat during sleep. Major signs of sleep apnea are where a person stops breathing for seconds to over a minute so that’s something that warrants further investigation.

Having a life partner listen to your breathing while sleeping is a good place to start to determine how serious the issue is and how frequently they stop breathing or how often they have what’s medically termed as an “event”.

The AHI or Apnea Hypopnea Index is the number of times you have apnea or hypopnea during one night, divided by the hours of sleep;

  • Normal sleep: An AHI of fewer than five events, on average, per hour
  • Mild sleep apnea: An AHI of five to 14 events per hour
  • Moderate sleep apnea: An AHI of 15 to 29 events per hour
  • Severe sleep apnea: An AHI of 30 or more events per hour

 

In most cases of severe sleep apnea a doctor will recommend CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Therapy. With mild to moderate sleep apnea they may offer alternative solutions such as an MAD (Mandibular Advancement Device) or oral mouthguard like SnoreMD and you should speak to your doctor to determine if a product like SnoreMD is suitable for you.

Man with Sleep Apnea mask in bed
Snoring breathing pathways

Symptoms of Snoring

Snoring occurs when the soft tissues in the throat relax and then vibrate as air moves over them. There is commonly a restriction or something that causes a narrowing of the airway that causes the throat to vibrate to produce snoring noises and these commonly include…

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Being overweight
  • Large tonsils
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Sleeping position
  • Nasal problems

Can the Snoring Noise be Treated?

Snoring can be treated with various different methods. One method is to use an oral mouthguard or anti snoring mouthguard.

These are simple to use, very cost effective, reasonably comfortable and take effect in days. That makes them an attractive solution. 

An oral mouthguard such as SnoreMD is a popular snoring solution. This low cost, high quality Australian made product is easy to custom fit to your mouth and can be adjusted for further comfort as you become accustomed to using it.

With snoring solutions like SnoreMD available there’s no reason to disturb your partner or other members of the household with your snoring as SnoreMD has been designed to treat the symptoms associated with Snoring, ensuring you have a peaceful and healthier night’s sleep.

Sleep Apnea - Is it snoring or something more?