Ask the Specialty Pharmacy Expert – Melanie Warren
People who snore are not only interrupting the sleep of those around them. Snoring may have a significant impact on their health as well. When a person’s snoring results in sleep apnea, it can become a significant health risk. Sleep apnea is recognized as a cessation of breathing over 10 seconds while sleeping. When the muscles relax and the tongue falls to the back of the mouth it can obstruct the airway. This result in the brain not receiving the necessary oxygen it needs for obvious reasons. The quality of sleep is interrupted and you are left feeling tired and foggy.
Many people are affected by sleep apnea and don’t realize it. Sleep apnea affects approximately 2% of people over 30 years of age. An astounding number of people are affected by interrupted sleep. As much as 20% of people over the age of 40 snore and 50% of men over the age of 50 suffer from snoring.
If your snoring is caused by the tongue and muscle relaxation during sleep there may be a solution. An appliance such as a SnoreFree soft snoring brace can provides a clear air passage.
This flexible brace sits firmly on the teeth. A small portion presses gently on the tongue thus stopping the tongue from falling to the back of the throat. This maintains a clear airway allowing for uninterrupted sleep.
The SnoreFree as well as many other snore cessation options are available at Millerdale Pharmacy, 5201-43st Red Deer, AB. Located West of the hospital.
By Melanie Warren, RMT, MLD,TPT
Soft goods Orthotics Fitter.