If you’re a snore sufferer, you’ll know just how disruptive it can be. Not only can a loud snore wake the snorer up frequently during the night, it can also make it difficult for anyone around them to get a good night’s sleep.
It’s because of this that there are all kinds of so-called ‘miracle cures’ on the market for snorers. Many desperate spouses of snorers have purchased gels, creams, adhesives or sprays only to discover that they’re next to useless.
The reason for this is simple: many of the products that claim to cure snoring don’t pay a great deal of attention to what the cause of snoring is.
Snoring occurs when breath becomes obstructed while you’re asleep. As a result of this, your body has to work harder to breathe in and out, making the soft part of the roof of your mouth vibrate as it does so. It’s this vibration that creates the distinctive snoring noise.
Problems with the nose, throat and glands can all contribute to this… but it may surprise you to learn that poor jaw alignment is also one of the major causes. This is because the jaw muscles have to work hard to hold a poorly aligned jaw in place. When we’re asleep, our jaw muscles relax which often results in the jaw slipping further out of alignment. In cases such as these, the tongue will sit further back than is ideal, obstructing the flow of air.
If alignment problems are the cause of your snoring, there is something you can do about it. An orthodontic anti-snoring device is a type of retainer that is custom fitted to your mouth. It’s worn at night to keep your jaw securely in the right place, therefore ensuring that your tongue stays in an optimum non-snoring position.