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I Sleep with a Snorer :(

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Most things you read about in relation to snoring is focused on the individual who is the snorer.  Today, to appeal to the snorers who has not sort treatment,  I want to focus on their loved one who sleeps with them.

For the bed partners who are affected by their partner’s snoring, it’s a constant roller coaster.  They love the person they are with and honestly don’t want to vacate the bedroom.  They are struggling from guilt and miss the intimacy that their bed partner provides.  Unfortunately,  the lure of a good night sleep or any sleep for that matter is usually the catalyst for finding a spot in a “snore free zone” .  The snorer, while suffering from the affects of their own symptoms, typically don’t realize the affects of sleep deprivation they are inflicting on their partner.

Good Reason’s to Treat Your Snoring Issue

Sleeping with your bed partner helps create intimacy in the relationship.  Studies have found that couples who share sleep in a healthy relationships may lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.  Sharing a bed may also reduce cytokines, involved in inflammation, and boost oxytocin, the so-called love hormone that is known to ease anxiety and is produced in the same part of the brain responsible for the sleep-wake cycle.

Problems Associated with Snoring

  • Interruptions of breathing
  • Frequent waking from sleep,
  • Light sleeping.
  • Strain on the heart.
  • Poor night’s sleep.

How the Office of David M. Glasscock Can Help!

A snore guard might be your answer.  Snore Guards work by it moving your lower jaw forward, opening the airway enough so that air moves through unobstructed.  No vibration, no snoring!  Give our office a call!


Snoring Creates Problems for Married Couples

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I am by no means a marriage counselor.  However, as a dentist, I encounter many desperate spouses suffering from sleep deprivation caused by a snoring spouse. When the non-snoring spouse realizes I might be able to provide a cure for snoring by using a MAD Device (similar to a mouth guard), they immediately want to sign their significant other up for the solution to the problem .

Snoring, unfortunately, can put a lot of unnecessary strain on a marriage. People who are affected by lack of sleep display symptoms of  poor mood, irritability, low energy, decreased libido, and poor judgment.   Without a far stretch of the imagination, these symptoms can create havoc on any relationship.  This is only the short list of sleep deprivation symptoms. There are many other areas lack of sleep can affect you physically.   With that being said, getting a good nights sleep is important for your overall health and well being.

Now let’s not forget the person doing the snoring.  Most people with a snoring issues weren’t even aware this problem existed until receiving the complaint from their bed partner.  For them, it feels out of their control as they can’t consciously control the issue. Ironically, it isn’t just the non-snoring spouse that is affected by poor sleep.  The snoring spouse is also suffering from sleep deprivation and chances are over a much longer period of time.  You need to understand that snoring is a condition of sleep apnea, sinusitis or nasal obstruction.  All are treatable.

Why do we Snore?

Typically, snoring is caused by the relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth, making the airway passage smaller. The decrease in space through the airway makes it harder for each breath to get through, and when it does get through the airway passage, it moves over the soft tissues in the mouth and throat, causing a vibration that results in the snoring sound.  There are other causes but this is the most common.

How a MAD Device can Stop the Snoring?

It’s the simplest and most non-invasive cure to treat snoring.  MAD devices (similar to a mouth guard) help shift the position of the jaw and reduce the vibration of the tissue that causes snoring. Each MAD device is made specifically for the person wearing it to provide comfort and optimal benefit for the user.