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There are millions of snorers across the world, so chances are good that you're either one of them, or you're spending your not-so-silent nights in the house with one of them.

Snoring is more than a nighttime noise fest.  While sometimes no more than an innocent habit, snoring can also be a symptom of more serious medical concerns.  Understanding the many causes, effects, symptoms, and treatments of snoring can be confusing.

The following list of snoring terms can help you to sift through the facts:

* Aromatherapy:  Believed by some to offer relief from snoring, aromatherapy is the use of scented essential oils that are collected from plant materials. These oils can be derived from any part of the plant, including the flowers, stems, leaves and bark.  Essential oils have many benefits for improving overall health and well-being.

* Homeopathic Remedies:  These treatment methods are not chemically or pharmaceutically based.  Instead, they utilize all-natural byproducts designed to create similar symptoms, and ultimately fix the symptoms.

* Radio Frequency Ablation:  Also known as Somnoplasty, this procedure shrinks the tissue of the soft palate to lessen the vibrations that cause snoring.  The tissues are heated and scarred to make them stiffer.

* Palatal Restoration:  This is medical method in which a small device is inserted into the palate.  The tissues become stiff, and less likely to vibrate and cause snoring.

* MAA:  A 'Mandible Advancement Appliance' repositions the jaw to allow the air passages to open.

* CPAP:  'Continuous Positive Airway Pressure'.  This process involves a mask worn at night, during sleep.  A steady supply of oxygen is provided, keeping the airway open throughout the night.

* TRD:  A 'Tongue Retraining Device' is used to "retrain" the tongue to rest in a new position, keeping the tongue from slipping back and blocking the airway.

* OSA:  'Obstructive Sleep Apnea' is a serious sleep disorder that can create long-term health problems.  A person with OSA will stop breathing during sleep, and will be forced awake with a loud snore or snort.

* Hypertension:  Elevated blood pressure is one of many results of OSA.

* Apnea: This is a serious medical condition in which breathing stops.

* Hypopnea:  Unlike apnea, which occurs when breathing fully stops, this condition refers to breathing that has partially stopped.

* Uvula:  This is the pieces of skin that hangs in the back of the throat.  When the uvula vibrates, it can contribute to snoring.

* Deviated Septum: The nasal septum divides the two sides of the nose.  A deviated or deformed septum can block normal airflow.

* Palate:  The palate is simply the roof of the mouth.

* APGAR: This rating system is used at birth to immediately determine the child's level of health.  APGAR stands for 'Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity and Respiration'.

* MDR:  'Mandibular Repositioning Device' is a mouthpiece devised to move the jaw forward, thus preventing any obstruction of the airway.

* Somnoplasty:  During this surgical procedure, tissues are removed using radio frequency signals.

* Polysomnogram: This test, conducted in hospital overnight, monitors a person's sleep patterns in an attempt to diagnose a sleep disorder.

* Nasal Strips: These over-the-counter devices are worn on the outside of the nose while sleeping, to open the airways for better airflow and decreased snoring.

These are just some of the snoring terms that you'll encounter as you actively explore a snoring problem that affects you, your partner or child.  For more information and a full explanation of treatment options, consult your doctor or speak with a sleep disorder specialist.
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