Snoring is a deep, loud and annoying sound that wakes us up in the middle of the night or prevents us from falling asleep. Snoring affects more men than women, especially between 50 and 60 years, with approximately 55% of male cases, and 40% between 30 and 40 years. In a lower percentage, but also present, around 10-12% of children also snore .
In some cases, snoring is completely normal and does not involve any added problems; in others, its diagnosis is necessary because it is related to other complications , such as sleep apnea, which causes pauses in breathing during rest.
How can we distinguish it? For what reasons do we snore? Are there different types of snoring? And, most importantly, when should we be concerned? We answer all the questions and delve into this annoying sound that often keeps the whole family on edge.
The snoring become very common for many. Snoring is underdiagnosed, patients do not consider it severe and erroneously learn to live with it.The Snoring is an acoustic phenomenon produced by vibration of the soft tissues of the throat at the moment to take a breath during sleep.The snoring rarely bothers which issues them , but to the one who listens. Sharing the room with a snorer can be a maddening experience.Today there are different solutions, from medical devices to surgeries that help eliminate snoring , being effective treatments that improve the quality of life of the patient.
Specifically, depending on their characteristics, they are classified into:
These are the reasons that are related to snoring:
Our pulmonologist advises us that “the first step in dealing with a snorer is to rule out that it is associated with sleep apnea .” For this, it is necessary to go to a consultation with the Pneumology specialist to assess the personal situation of the patient and his partner. Additionally, a sleep study test may be recommended , in which a set of signals is recorded while resting.
It should be borne in mind that the origin of snoring may reside in the person’s anatomy, therefore, in this situation it is advisable to go to a specialist in Otorhinolaryngology or Maxillofacial Surgery, who will indicate the measures to be adopted, which may be different from the general ones.
It is one of the available Treatment of snoring that consists of an oral splint, known as a mandibular advancement device or DAM. By using this device, the jaw, tongue and soft palate are advanced, so that the airways remain open and consequently no vibration related to snoring occurs.
In addition to this technique, there are others available, the use of which will be indicated by specialists, who assess the characteristics of each person.