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Do you regularly snore in your sleep? Does your partner complain about your snoring? If so, you are not alone. Many people snore in their sleep due to a variety of causes. Fortunately, Dr. Siti Lowery at Lowery Smiles has been helping patients in Cary, North Carolina treat their snoring issues by using snore therapy to have a good night’s sleep again.

So what are the some of the things that might be causing you to snore? Let’s take a look!

— Snoring is the vibration of muscle tissues while you breathe. It is common for both men and women. Factors that can influence muscle relaxation include alcohol and even the medications you take regularly.

— As you sleep, the area at the back of your throat will sometimes become narrow when your muscles relax. This can cause the throat to temporarily close off. This narrowing can occur in the mouth, throat, or nose, depending on the person.

— The stage of sleep you are in can also influence snoring. For instance, when you are in the REM cycle of sleep, your brain sends a “relax” signal to the muscles throughout your body–with the exception of your breathing muscles, of course. As your tongue, throat and palate muscles relax, they can collapse, narrowing your airway.

— As you sleep lying down, gravity pulls your tonsils, palate, and tongue tissue backward. When this happens, the airway narrows, resulting in snoring.

Whether your snoring is derived from the anatomy of your mouth or the position in which you sleep, Dr. Lowry can help. With the help of our snore therapy–including a snoring appliance or lifestyle changes–you can find relief.

We invite you to reach out to our Lowry Smiles team in Cary, North Carolina, to learn more. We will evaluate your condition and help you find the right treatment for your needs. Please call 919-468-5501 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Siti Lowery and start getting the sleep your body needs!