Thursday, 1 December 2011

Using Mouthpieces to Stop Snoring

Many people have difficulty with snoring at night. Research indicates more than half of all adults will experience snoring at some point in their lives. Snoring can be caused by any number of factors including poor health, excessive drinking and smoking and more serious medical conditions such as sleep apnea. Though most snoring is mild and relatively harmless, other than being very annoying to a bed partner, some snoring can be hazardous to your health by causing dehydration, lack of deep sleep and fatigue. One snoring treatment many people have tried and found success with is anti-snoring mouthpieces.

Inexpensive, convenient and easy to use snoring mouthpieces are used primarily to force the person snoring to keep their mouth closed while sleeping. When the nasal passages are clogged, for whatever reason, people will resort to breathing through their mouth while sleeping and this in turn causes the harsh and loud sound we know as snoring. Since the person is asleep they often don't even know they are snoring unless a bed partner gets sick of the sound and wakes them up. Having a snoring mouth guard in place forces a snorer to breathe through their nose and greatly reduces the chances of breathing through the mouth.

Depending on the severity of your snoring problem a simple snoring mouthpiece may be enough to stop snoring. Before making an appointment with a doctor and spending money on expensive surgery try using a snoring mouth guard such as the SleepPro 1 or SomnoGuard which both have proven success in curbing snoring in people with mild to moderate snoring problems. However, if your snoring problem is the result of a more serious condition such as obstructive or central sleep apnea, is it advised to see a doctor since this condition can involve health risks that can be fatal if left untreated.

Using a snoring mouthpiece is fairly simple. Anyone who played youth sports will remember using a mouth guard to protect their teeth and many snoring mouthpieces function the same way. Made from molded plastic all you have to do is dip the mouth guard in boiling water, place it in your mouth and bite down gently to form the device to the contours of your teeth and jaws and repeat until a proper fit is formed. Then dip the device in cool water to secure the shape. Before going to bed slip the piece in your mouth and get comfortable. With a well molded snoring mouth guard you should be able to keep your mouth closed so you can breathe normally through your nose and put an end to snoring.