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 youre 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 nights sleep.
Although the people most at risk are overweight, thick-necked men with small lower jaws, Gelb says you dont 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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