My teenager use to be a snoring sleeper for years. I knew it wasn’t healthy, but he wasn’t in the spectrum to justify tonsil removal. What causes snoring? We can live without food and water for a few days even weeks, but NOT oxygen. We need oxygen for our body to function, our organs and brain depend on the oxygen/carbon dioxide exchange. Our body is amazing! It will instinctively unblock our airways to get oxygen! When your tongue’s rest posture is low in the mouth, the tongue during sleep will fall back blocking the airway. Your body’s natural instinct is to grind and shift your airway to become open, snoring is the sound your body is making to unblock your airway. Yikes!! This is a red flag, a preliminary alert for you or your loved ones who are waking you up at night!! Get them help ASAP!
Chronic medical conditions do not happen overnight. These chronic conditions occur slowly overtime, unknown to us that it is happening. Until it becomes obvious and we need a CPAP machine to sleep!
Snoring leads to Sleep Disorder Breathing, develops into Obstructive Sleep Apnea and a CPAP machine is needed at night. Overtime our bodies learn to compensate and adjust to what we are doing to it daily! Even if you don’t think you have a snoring problem, be proactive, get an app on your phone that records noise as you sleep. Are you tossing and turning? Are you grunting? Do you get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom?
Ok, now what?
Myofunctional therapy is an exercise based program that helps strengthen facial muscles to function and work in harmony as nature intended. “Myofunctional therapy decreases apnea-hypopnea index by approximately 50% in adults”. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25348130