It is 2am and you are still staring at the wall clock. Unable to sleep, you wonder when will the person next to you stop snoring. Doctors say some techniques could help moderate snorers to sleep and let others take a cozy nap.

While your loud snores could disturb your bed partner and also result in sleep apnea, a condition when you stop breathing while asleep. Snoring is a common condition that can affect anyone, although it occurs more frequently in men and people who are overweight. Snoring has a tendency to worsen with age.

Occasional snoring is usually not very serious and is mostly a nuisance for your bed partner. However, if you are a habitual snorer, you not only disrupt the sleep patterns of those close to you, but you too will almost surely suffer from some degree of sleep deprivation.

The diagnosis of snoring focuses on finding out whether you might have sleep apnea. Your doctor should do a physical examination and ask questions about your medical history. A sleep study would be done if your doctor suspects the condition.

Both snoring and sleep apnea can cause sleep deprivation which can have a crippling effect on the body and mind (see graphic).

Sleep Study Questionnaire

When the jaw opens and the tongue falls into the back of the throat, the airway narrows forcing air through the small opening. This creates vibrations in the throat known as snoring.

Silent Nite®, a custom fabricated dental appliance that is worn at night, positions the lower jaw. By moving the lower jaw forward, Silent Nite® increases air space in the breathing tube and reduces air velocity and soft tissue vibration. Wearing the Silent Nite® promotes deeper, more restful sleep by preventing snoring.

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