One of the side effects of sleep apnea can be snoring. While the main side effects – daytime tiredness and mental fogginess – affect only the patient, snoring can affect anyone else in the room where the person sleeps. The question often comes up; Does CPAP therapy reduce or eliminate snoring?
It can do just that, in many cases, but since there are other causes for snoring, it is not fair to say that starting CPAP therapy will eliminate snoring. In a person with sleep apnea, the throat structures narrow and sometimes completely close during sleep creating a stoppage of air to the lungs. A CPAP machine uses continuous positive airway pressure to keep the throat more fully open throughout the night, preventing “apneic” events (breathing stoppages) that can usually reduce or eliminate snoring.
What is snoring? Snoring occurs when structures within the throat vibrate and cause noise. The sound can cover the range of noise levels, from quiet to incredibly loud. CPAP therapy can help with snoring, which may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
The parts of the throat that are most involved in snoring include the soft palate and the uvula. While sleep apnea patients usually have snoring issues, many other people snore and do not have this condition. Here are some of the reasons a person might snore (some of which could be helped through the use of a CPAP machine):
- The tongue dropping to the back of the mouth, which typically happens to people who sleep on the back.
- A jaw that is misshapen or mis-positioned. This can be caused by muscle tension.
- Nasal passageway obstructions.
- Excess tissue or fat in the area of the throat.
- Vibrations resulting from airway tissues touching.
- Throat weakness, causing the throat to close during sleep.
- Drugs or alcohol that have relaxed the muscles in the throat more than normal.
Many experts believe therapy with a CPAP machine and a CPAP mask lessens or prevents snoring in many people who have this trouble. CPAP equipment, then, isn’t just for those with sleep apnea but can be used in other circumstances such as snoring. Thus, snoring issues should be addressed to determine if sleep apnea is the primary cause and needs to be treated.
As many know, snoring can cause both the snorer and their bed partner to become sleep deprived, which can lead to irritable behavior, sleepiness during the day, lowered sex drive and thinking problems. Using a CPAP machine can often prevent these problems.
Researchers also claim that snoring can result in social and psychological damage to those suffering from it. Moreover, there are studies that point to a possible link between snoring and a risk of stroke that’s about 67 percent greater than in non-snorers, and a heart attack risk about 34 percent greater than in the rest of the population. Because many sleep apnea patients snore, CPAP therapy can also usually solve this snoring problem.
The CPAP Shop cares about the health of all people and focuses on providing the highest quality CPAP machines used in CPAP therapy to patients with sleep apnea and those whose doctors have recommended the therapy as a treatment for snoring. If we can answer any questions about our products, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (866) 414-9700, or contact us through our website.