Snoring hurts everyone. If you or a loved one snore, it’s a sign that your breathing is obstructed, preventing you from getting the highest-quality sleep possible. Plus, if you have a bed partner or family who sleep near you, it can also interfere with their sleep. Soon, you will have a sleep-deprived house, which is annoying and dangerous! Regularly sleep-deprived people are three times as likely to get into a car accident!
Snoring happens when the soft tissues in the mouth and throat relax when you sleep and collapse into your airway. As air passes, it vibrates these tissues and creates the “iconic” snoring sound. For some people, these tissues can completely block the airway, causing someone to stop breathing. This is called sleep apnea, and it affects nearly 20 million Americans each night. When a person has sleep apnea, they temporarily stop breathing for short periods throughout the night. This not only prevents them from getting the deep sleep they need, but it can also raise their blood pressure to a dangerous level.