Everyone has increasingly become aware that getting a good night’s sleep is very important. If you don’t sleep well long enough (most of us require 6-8 hours of quality shut-eye), the impact can be enormous, including:
- Sleep deprivation causes about 100,000 auto accidents a year, with 1,550 deaths. The risk of injury on the job and even death is also greatly increased if someone has not had enough sleep.
- Lack of sleep also seriously impacts overall health, increasing the risk of all types of cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and strokes, as well as diabetes. One study showed that those who cut sleep time from seven to five hours doubled their likelihood of death of all kinds.
- Insomniacs are five times more likely to suffer from depression.
- Loss of sleep can cause memory loss.
- Those who don’t get enough quality sleep are likely to put on extra weight.
Of course, if an individual gets the right amount of solid sleep, they will awake reinvigorated and remain energetic and alert throughout the day.
So what causes snoring? The tongue and muscles in the roof of the mouth and throat relax when we sleep and can block the airway, especially for those who are overweight because they have more fatty tissue at the back of the throat. When they breathe, the air going in and out results in the snoring sound. A quarter of adult women, 40% of men, and 10% of children are frequent snorers. Smokers and those who drink alcohol or use sedatives are also more likely to snore.
The effect of snoring on oral health is that it causes the mouth to become dry and lack of saliva to wash away harmful bacteria leads to cavities and infections. The snoring specialists at Wilshire Smile Studio can examine patients to see if they can be helped by a custom-made oral appliance that is similar to the mouth guard that is worn by athletes or for those who tend to grind their teeth. This can keep the tongue and tissues comfortably in place to prevent snoring and these snoring guards have a high success rate.