Friday, May 6, 2005

Thick Necks And Weak Chins Make You More Apt For Sleep Apnea

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The phrase, “You snooze, you lose,” is never more apt than with someone with sleep apnea.

Dr. Michael Gelb, a New York-based dentist who specializes in sleep disorders, says many snorers are under a false assumption that “snoring is a sign that you’re in the middle of deep sleep.”

In reality, snoring keeps the brain awake – which is why snorers often wake up tired despite having what they think is a full night’s sleep.

Although the people most at risk are overweight, thick-necked men with small lower jaws, Gelb says you don’t have to be a fat slob.

Even a 10-pound weight gain can mean the difference between silence and a snore, especially for men who he says tend to gain weight in the face, neck and cheeks; places that restrict the airways.

There is reason to breathe easy though. Gelb says there are mouthy devices that fit in the mouth like a soccer guard and prevent the jaw and tongue from dropping back.

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