Snoring can not only rob you of rest, it might indicate you have sleep apnea, a disorder linked to serious health concerns like high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. In many cases, you’ll be able to stop snoring by wearing a custom-made oral appliance while you sleep.
The appliance keeps your airway clear while you sleep, so you can breathe easily without snoring. You’ll wake feeling rested and will avoid unpleasant symptoms like dry mouth, daytime fatigue, and headaches. Plus, many patients find an appliance far less intrusive and easier to adjust to than a CPAP machine.
In addition to visiting our Highland, MI office and being fitted for an oral appliance, these lifestyle changes can also help you stop snoring:
- Sleep on your side – Sleeping on your side instead of your back can help curb snoring. It also helps to keep your head elevated.
- Lose weight – If you’re overweight, you are more likely to snore and to suffer from sleep apnea. Losing weight not only helps with these issues, it offers many other health benefits as well.
- Try a humidifier – Sleeping with a humidifier in the room lessens congestion and makes it easier to breathe. Humidifiers also encourage sinus drainage, which helps air move more freely through your airway.
- Avoid alcohol and sedatives before bed – Alcohol and sedatives can cause the muscles in your throat to relax, which can result in a blocked airway. It’s best to avoid these substances for at least a few hours before turning in.
- Treat acid reflux – Acid reflux often causes your throat to become irritated and inflamed, which can make snoring worse. Avoid problematic foods and other allergens and keep your head raised while you sleep to minimize symptoms.
You can trust your sleep apnea treatment to Dr. LoCascio, a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and the American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA). He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM).