We have all heard of an annoying little behavior called snoring. Not only do you know of it, you may even harbor some pretty nasty feelings toward it. Perhaps your college roommate was an avid snorer, or perhaps the monster that is snoring is currently causing some tension in your romantic relationship. Undoubtedly, we all know of snoring, and we have all encountered it at one point or another. What you may not have heard of is something called sleep apnea, or more specifically, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This serious sleep condition is no joke (unlike snoring is often made out to be in movies and television shows); it affects an estimated 22 million Americans and nearly 1 billion adults worldwide. In contrast, nearly 90 million Americans experience snoring at least occasionally, while 37 million people snore regularly. Needless to say, both ailments are pervasive and problematic. The big question here is, how do we treat them? Well, this is where it gets super interesting; while snoring and sleep apnea are different conditions, they are inherently linked in a major way that allows for some overlap in treatment.Within this overlap, one might find a specific treatment device known as the Zyppah anti-snoring device. But before we get into how exactly this snoring mouthpiece may address both snoring and sleep apnea, let’s get a bit more into what exactly causes these conditions, and what makes them problematic.
What Is Snoring?
Snoring is not just something your dad does that your mom complains about—it is a diagnosable sleep condition that can lead to some significant side effects. Snoring occurs when your body goes to sleep. As it rests, so does every muscle in your body, including your mouth and throat. When this happens, it creates the possibility of a blockage. Basically, the roof of the mouth, throat and tongue may relax and droop enough to block air passages. If this happens, it proves very problematic for your breath. The air no longer can fly freely in and out of your body. Instead, it faces obstacles and gets trapped, ricocheting off of the invasive muscles and releasing that gravelly rumbling sound we call snoring.
Besides the obvious risks (i.e. destroying your loved one’s sleep patterns and irritating them beyond belief), snoring has a number of other potential side effects. These include headaches, chest pains, depression, fatigue, behavioral problems in children, and lapses in breathing. The latter of these symptoms is related to the other sleep condition we are addressing today, so let’s get into it!
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is another sleep condition characterized by momentary pauses in breathing during sleep. Basically, the blockage (the very same one that may cause snoring) can cause a near or entire blockage, bad enough to hinder and sometimes entirely stop breathing. These pauses in breathing can be very detrimental to someone’s health for a number of reasons. The most obvious one being that, losing your breath is scary! This pause of breathing, no matter how brief, can cause the sleeper to wake abruptly as their body forces them to catch their breath. This is not only scary;it is destructive to one’s sleep cycle. These disruptions can prevent someone from getting adequate REM sleep, which is crucial to maintain ideal functioning on a day to day basis.
The midnight scares are not the worst of the effects, though. These pauses in breathing can lower something called oxygen saturation. This is essentially a measure of the levels of oxygen getting to our brain. When our breathing stops, it can lower our oxygen saturation, as less oxygen is able to get into our bloodstream and up to our brain. At the same time, this causes a buildup of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream. Ultimately, this dangerous ailment can lead to brain damage, including memory problems.
Sleep apnea is a serious ailment that can sometimes require a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. The user of a CPAP machine fixes a mask on their face before sleep. The mask is attached to a machine, which essentially pumps air into their air passage through the night to ensure their breathing does not halt. These machines can be pricey and are also relatively invasive and require a hefty level of upkeep. This is why many people attempt to treat their sleep apnea through other means. Given that snoring is interlinked with sleep apnea, some people find that in treating their snoring, their sleep apnea also goes away.
What is a Zyppah?
Zyppah is a type of anti-snoring mouthpiece known as a Tongue Stabilizing Device (TSD). These devices work by targeting the root cause of snoring: the tongue. There are many other TSDs, but none have the Z-FactorTM that makes Zyppah’s device so effective. Zyppah has what is basically a seatbelt for the tongue; this prevents the tongue from drooping back and blocking the air passages.
In a clinical study examining Zyppah’s efficacy for snoring, it was found that Zyppah effectively eliminated snoring for 91% of the participants with no negative side effects. For the other 9%, their less than ideal results could be attributed to one thing: gagging. That might sound a little silly—but allow us to explain. When you insert a mouthpiece into your mouth for the first time, your body does not recognize it, which can trigger some involuntary bodily reactions like gagging. However, if you give your body time to adjust by leaving the device in for a few hours before bed, your body will no longer acknowledge the device as foreign, and the gagging should go away.
Does Zyppah Work for Sleep Apnea?
As previously stated, many people find that in treating their snoring by removing their tongue as a blocker, they are also able to manage their sleep apnea. However, everyone’s sleep apnea is different, and it is always important to speak with a medical professional when determining the best course of action for you. Zyppah has most definitely had many customers who found that it effectively helped them manage both their snoring and sleep apnea, and perhaps you could be one of them!