Choosing A Stop Snoring Treatment

CHOOSING A STOP SNORING TREATMENT

Little Known Facts that Could Affect Your Choice

The IJustWantToSleep Program accomplishes 2 major changes to help you stop snoring: it trains the tongue to “live” on the roof of the mouth to keep it from blocking the airway and this results in nose breathing instead of mouth-breathing while sleeping.

What do the other techniques try to accomplish?

  • POSITIONAL THERAPY techniques try to find a way for you to position your body (for ex., sew a tennis ball to the back of your night shirt so you are unable to sleep on your back) so your tongue won’t fall down and block your airway and so that your lips will stay closed:

    IJustWantToSleep believes that  you can train your tongue and lips to rest in the proper place, regardless of whether you sleep on your back, side or belly, and not snore.

  • BEHAVIORAL THERAPY techniques encourage changes that will help you breathe better through your nose and reduce muscle relaxation that may narrow the airway:

    IJustWantToSleep agrees that nose breathing is preferred and specific tongue/lip exercises are required to withstand any increased muscle control changes that will prevent the tongue from blocking the airway. The exercises in the IJustWantToSleep program are a variety of tongue exercises that are used specifically in speech therapy. It was discovered that some of those exercises actually help stop snoring. Behavioral therapists are not trained to perform exercises necessary for changing any part of the mouth.

  • NONSURGICAL THERAPY TECHNIQUES move your tongue forward so it won’t block the airway:

    IJustWantToSleep believes that if you pull your tongue forward, then it will not be able to “live” on the roof of the mouth, preventing the tongue from being properly positioned to swallow saliva, food/liquid. Pulling your tongue forward will certainly keep the tongue from blocking the airway, however it will not help you to learn to swallow correctly and nose breathe habitually. There is an appliance that has a hole in it and you just stick your tongue through that hole, causing your tongue to protrude from your mouth. Can you visualize that?

  • NONSURGICAL THERAPY TECHNIQUES attempt to open nasal passages with nasal support devises:

    IJustWantToSleep agrees that open nasal passages are the most important first step to sleeping better, however, this does nothing to change what is going on inside the mouth: it doesn’t prohibit the tongue from blocking the airway, as the IJustWantToSleep program teaches.

  • NONSURGICAL THERAPY TECHNIQUES force air through your nasal passages with a CPAP machine:

    IJustWantToSleep agrees that the CPAP machine can accomplish keeping your airway open, if and only if it is adjusted properly and worn consistently. It requires that the tongue stay on the bottom of the mouth instead of on the roof of the mouth. It also often encourages an open mouth posture which is counter productive to learning how to nose breathe.

  • SURGICAL PROCEDURES reduce or reshape the soft palate to prevent airway blockage (UPPP & LAUP):

    IJustWantToSleep believes that if the tongue can be trained to “live” on the roof of the mouth by performing simple tongue exercises, then why should one prefer surgery that will shorten or remove the uvula, which is extremely painful and rarely helps.

  • SURGICAL PROCEDURES can stiffen the palate to prevent movement (Injection Snoreplasty/Pillar Procedure):

    IJustWantToSleep believes if your uvula is so long that it rests on the top of the back of the tongue, then surgery may be the first, but not only, choice of treatment. There is still the need to train your tongue to “live” on the roof of your mouth and to learn to nose breathe, which are both habituated with the exercises in the IJustWantToSleep program.

  • SURGICAL PROCEDURES can suspend the tongue with a screw to prevent it from blocking the airway (Repose):

    IJustWantToSleep believes that screwing your tongue to anything is just not right when you can naturally train it with tongue exercises to not block the airway. It is not painful and a lot more affordable.

  • SURGICAL PROCEDURE to remove tonsils and adenoids:

    IJustWantToSleep totally believes that removing tonsils and adenoids that are enlarged and invading the space meant for the tongue is the very FIRST method of treatment. Often, the tongue, since being pushed forward by the tonsils and adenoids, can result in the tongue protruding from the mouth while resting and then tongue exercises are recommended to form a new habit and train the tongue to live on the roof to help you stop snoring.

So far, the only physical problem that has not responded well to the IJustWantToSleep program is an unusually small airway. Mandibular advancement has a 90% success rate in increasing the size of the airway. However, after surgery, the IJustWantToSleep program is recommended to train your tongue to “live” on the roof of your mouth and to train you to habitually nose breathe to stop snoring.

The IJustWantToSleep program doesn’t use drugs, appliances, or machines. It does not require that one reduce stress, lose weight or stop drinking. While these can be necessary health changes, they may take a long time to accomplish, and sleep is needed now. The IJustWantToSleep program has a 94% success rate in stopping snoring. It is easy, harmless, inexpensive and can change the way you sleep in as little as 7 weeks, if not sooner. Imagine waking up and feeling truly refreshed!

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I have seen my clients’ lives change when they stop mouth breathing. I am shocked to learn that none of my clients’ doctors have ever asked them if they breathe through their mouth or their nose. Does that mean it isn’t important? NO. Does it mean that the doctors don’t know the consequences of mouth breathing? I can’t imagine that being the case, but it may be.

Most of my clients are mouth breathers who snore. I have treated hundreds over the last 12 years and realize that I can call myself an expert on snoring.

Definition of an expert: Professional who has acquired knowledge and skills through study and practice over the years, in a particular field or subject, to the extent that his or her opinion may be helpful in fact finding, problem solving, or understanding of a situation. Continue reading

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In 1994, I opened an outpatient speech therapy clinic in Asheville, N.C. I started getting referrals for children who had tongue thrust. These were school-aged children so why weren’t they receiving speech therapy in the school? I learned that tongue thrust is not treated in the schools because it is not an educational problem. This meant that parents had to pay for private speech therapy and make arrangements for a weekly appointment. Continue reading

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Amy was a 41-year-old news reporter. She contacted me because she was getting complaints from viewers who said she was too slow and robotic.

Amy’s life: She was working weekends at the TV station and only getting about 3 hours of sleep per night. Amy complained of a severely dry mouth and she was afraid she was going to mispronounce words because of the dryness. Hence, the slow and labored word production. Continue reading

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A large percentage of people breathe through their mouth when they sleep. You may say you don’t breathe through your mouth but if you snore, drool, wake up with a dry mouth/sore throat, wake up tired or with a headache, or have daytime sleepiness, then you do breathe through your mouth for at least part of the night.

Your mouth doesn’t have to be all the way open. Air only needs a small opening between the lips to be inhaled. Continue reading