How to Stop a Snoring Man

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Sometimes I snore like a steam shovel, other times more like a teakettle. This “gentle, unromantic music of the nose,” as William Makepeace Thackeray called it, is the nighttime soundtrack in many homes. For most of us, dehydration in the airway. Currently, the device is about the size of half a loaf of bread, and can easily be taken on trips. Chin straps keep the mask in place during sleep (although they also make it look like you’re wearing a bandage that holds your head together). In studies, compliance ranges from 50% to 60%.

Additional treatments for snoring and sleep apnea include weight loss, mouth was popular. But this turned out largely to be a disaster because “it doesn’t necessarily unblock your breathing. You decrease the snoring sounds — the feedback to patient and bed partner is that they don’t snore. But they might still have obstruction,” says Strollo.

A last resort is maxillomandibullar advancement, a major operation. In this procedure, the jaw is surgically broken in two places and moved forward a centimeter. After the surgery, the patient is required to wear a retainer for 18 months. Strollo recommends it in fewer than 5% of the patients he sees.

“The challenge we have is to have patients take sleep seriously as part of their health,” Collop says. “People think sleep can be put aside for other, more important things. We think it’s as important as what you eat and how much you exercise.”