Is There Finally a Cure for Snoring?

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There are a lot of people that are suffering from a lack of sleep due to snoring.  Not just the ones that have to listen to the racket, but also the snorers themselves.  Although nearly everyone snores at one time or another, some people snore consistently every night.  More often than not, they suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The snoring associated with OSA is caused by the constriction of the airways when the muscles in the throat relax during sleep.  The airways vibrate as the sleeper tries to draw in more air, causing the noise that keeps others awake.  At times, the snorer may quit breathing for a short period of time (apnea), making them wake up and change positions to breathe again.

The relaxing of the tongue and throat muscles is the basis for a clinical trial of a new device to stop snoring.  The University Hospitals Case Medical Center is starting a clinical study to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of using electronic stimulation in the treatment of OSA.  The Stimulation Therapy for Apnea Reduction (STAR) trial involves the use of an implantable electronic stimulation device that delivers mild stimulation to the main nerve of the tongue with the breathing cycles during sleep.  This is intended to restore tone to the muscles, preventing the tongue from collapsing and blocking the airway.

The Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) device is turned on and off by the user with a handheld programmer, allowing them to determine when the device is used.  The treatment of OSA with this device may help sufferers that are non-compliant with other treatments like the CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine.  In addition, it does not permanently alter a patient’s anatomy like surgical procedures do.

This news gives OSA sufferers and their loved ones great hope in finding a cure for their snoring that they can live with.  Let us know if you feel this method works and if you would use it in your search for a snoring cure.