At least 45 percent of adults snore occasionally, and 25 percent are habitual snorers. Snoring is more frequent in males and overweight persons, and it usually grows worse with age. However, women and children often snore too.
Marker of Sleep Apnea
Snoring can be a marker of sleep apnea or a risk factor for vascular complications such as hypertension. It may lead to daytime dysfunction, due to the fragmented sleep that can result from snoring.
Effects on Sleep
Snoring can cause headaches, difficulty in concentration, fatigue, and reduced work performance. A partner’s snoring is a major factor accounting for sleep disruption of U.S. adults, affecting 16 percent of adults overall: 22 percent of women vs. 7 percent of men.
Snorers and their bed partners are not only at increased risk for poor sleep quality but also lower quality of life and health. By eliminating snoring and sleep fragmentation, both the snorer and the bed partner benefit.
Successful treatment for snoring is often achieved with oral appliance therapy (OAT). This non-surgical treatment uses a comfortable, form-fitted device that is worn in the mouth during sleep, similar to a retainer. By supporting the soft tissues of the mouth and throat in this way, snoring is eliminated. The ease of use and personalized fit make OAT a simple solution to the chronic problem of snoring.