Do you get quality sleep at night?
Here’s a quick way to know — how are your dreams?
Research shows that snorers and people with airway obstructed apnea suffer from either reduced dream activity or experience more disturbing dreams.
This may be because snorers get less REM sleep. This is more serious than waking up in a cold sweat because a rabid dog was chasing you.
REM sleep is when the magic happens during the night. It’s when your brain consolidates everything that it has learned during that day. It’s when your brain moves information from short-term to long-term memory.
So if you’re not having much dreaming, you’re quality of sleep will be impacted and this can lead to less than optimal productivity.
Most regular treatments for snoring involve weird pillows, nose strips, throat sprays, costly and invasive surgery, or oral appliances that advance the lower jaw and tongue to widen the airway.
Studies have shown that mandibular advancement devices are very effective at reducing snoring and when provided by a doctor, they can even treat obstructive sleep apnea.
Ideally, they are fitted to a user's teeth and can be adjusted based on the user's required jaw advancement needed to treat snoring.