If you suffer with snoring you will know it is a very real and aggravating problem. It disturbs crucial sleeping patterns of both the person doing the snoring and his or her partner. This often leads to ongoing fatigue, irritability, loss of memory, depression and a lack of concentration when dealing with everyday life.
But more worryingly, snoring is often a symptom of a potentially serious health problem that is known by doctors and other medical professionals as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a disorder in which breathing is briefly and frequently interrupted throughout the sleeping process. During sleep the upper throat, tongue and jaw muscles relax and cause a complete or partial airway blockage. The subsequent lack of oxygen intake can last for up to thirty seconds and is repeated constantly throughout the night. When oxygen supply reaches critically low levels the brain uses impulses to wake the person so normal conscious breathing can resume.
Depriving the body of a sufficient supply of oxygen can lead to serious long-term health problems. According to the National Sleep Foundation, OSA is a potentially “life-threatening” disorder that effects over 18 million Americans. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons say the “risks of undiagnosed OSA include heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, heart disease and a decreased libido”. In addition, “OSA causes daytime drowsiness that can result in accidents, lost productivity and relationship problems.”
As the body gets older muscle tissues in the throat and mouth get weaker and begin to lose their tension, which means those over the age of 35 are at higher risk. In a recent study, The Whittier Institute for Diabetes found that diabetics are particularly prone to suffering with sleep apnea, with up to 33% having the condition.
Until recently the only treatments available for snoring were pretty medieval in nature, as well as very expensive. Sleep apnea is not always covered by health insurance and the cost of diagnosis and subsequent prescribed treatment can run into many thousands of dollars. One of these treatments, a CPAP machine, is a device that forces air down into the lungs through pipes that cover the mouth and nose. Another unattractive alternative is surgery.
Fortunately, there is now an option available that is comfortable, inexpensive and convenient. A recent paper published by various somnologists (sleep doctors) in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine stated that wearing “a simple and inexpensive chinstrap” while asleep can be an effective solution to treating OSA.
One such chinstrap is now available from a company called MySnoringSolution. It works by supporting the lower jaw, which prevents the tongue and throat muscles from blocking airflow during sleep. This reduces tissue vibration, increases oxygen levels and in turn eliminates or decreases snoring.
It is made from high-tech materials that are both light in weight and surprisingly comfortable to wear. Already, thousands of people have relieved their snoring symptoms by using a MySnoringSolution chinstrap. They report feeling rested, with more focus and energy, and an overall feeling of being in better health.
One such user, Karen Sutton, said “I no longer snore, I no longer spend hours trying to get back to sleep during the night and I fall asleep within a couple of minutes of first lying down at night. It’s also surprisingly comfortable!”
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At the moment, a “MySnoringSolution” chinstrap is only available online at the company’s website. It is currently being offered on a “2 for 1″ basis, so you can obtain an extra chinstrap for free to give to your partner or to use for yourself while travelling.