If you’re like most people these days, you can relate to Sleepy more than any of the other 7 Dwarves. However, if your significant other has been complaining that your new nickname should be “Snorey” instead, then you may want to learn what’s causing your snoring and how it can be treated. To help you understand snoring as a medical condition, we have created a brief article debunking some common myths. Read on to learn more.
Snoring is Safe, but Annoying
The annoying part of this myth may be true. However, one thing to note about snoring is that it’s not safe. In fact, a lot of patients who suffer from excessive snoring suffer from a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea which can cause their oxygen levels to plummet while they’re sleeping.
Men Are More Likely to Snore
This myth is so “false.” For some reason, there is a common misconception (especially among spouses) that men are more likely to snore. However, there is not research to prove that gender plays even the smallest role in someone’s likelihood to snore. So, sorry female friends but you’re just as likely to snore.
Sleeping On Your Back Will Help
People think that by sleeping on your back, you are opening up your airways— leading to a lower chance of your snoring. However, as gravity pulls down on the palate and back of the throat, it can increase your likelihood of snoring. So, the next time you try to fall asleep, consider switching to your side instead of staying on your back.
Sometimes, the best way to learn about a health condition is to learn about the myths surrounding it. If you or a loved one have a tendency to snore, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan to discuss treatment options and solutions.