My Myo Matters

Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is more than just finding a great mattress.

In this section, you’ll find out more about: 

 

  • Snoring 
  • Sleep apnoea 

As well as getting the right amount of sleep, it’s the quality of the sleep that matters and that is where an OMT therapist can help with a range of issues including snoring, sleep apnoea or other sleep-related breathing disorders.

What’s so bad about snoring?

While most of us snore from time to time, it is abnormal. But for chronic snorers, as well as disrupting the quality of your sleep and relationships, the snorting, grumbling, whistling and rattling of snoring can lead to serious health complications such as high cholesterol, blood pressure, heart issues and stroke. 

 

 

Snoring is the sound produced by the vibration of the weakened pharyngeal muscle and consequent narrowing of the upper airways. The soft palate and the uvula begin to flutter due to the exchange of air during breathing. 

 

 

Snoring can come from a range of causes including age, weight gain, alcohol consumption, menopause, family history or the quality of overall health. In turn, it can result in weight gain, teeth grinding, daytime sleepiness, nasal congestion and other health problems. 

 

 

For children, it is more serious because much of the work of growing and developing is done while children are asleep.

What about sleep apnoea?

Often chronic snoring is what leads people to visit their dentist or GP and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) can be diagnosed. Left untreated, it can easily take a decade off the end of your life. 


OSA is much more serious than snoring with the upper airway partly or completely blocked, causing you to stop breathing for anywhere between a few seconds and in some cases minutes. Your body jolts awake to resume breathing, disrupting the quality of your sleep. You may even wake up gasping for air. 


OSA is normally diagnosed after going for a sleep study. A CPAP machine is the gold standard treatment and is required to keep a continuous flow of air into the lungs during the night. However,  there are a range of complementing therapies, including OMT to reduce the impact and severity of OSA.

How can OMT help my sleep issues?

Orofacial myology exercises can retrain you to breathe through your nose, and ensure that your tongue is sitting in the correct position to enjoy better quality of sleep. It is used in conjunction with CPAP and we will work with your sleep specialist to individualise a program. 

 

In addition to OMT, our Buteyko Breathing program can strengthen the upper airways and encourage nasal breathing through the night.