Your Lymphatic System and Snoring
Did you know that wearing compression stockings worn during the day can help you reduce or prevent snoring?
Compression Therapy is the application of controlled graduated external pressure to the limb to reduce venous pressure within the limb and to reduce lymph process (edema). Compression stockings are specially designed knit legwear with the following goals in mind: •To aid the venous system in getting blood back to the heart, •To reduce or prevent edema, •Reduce progression of venous or lymphatic disease.
The lymphatic system is a group of small organs (nodes) and vessels through which lymph fluid flows. The lymphatic system functions in cooperation with the circulatory system, which carries blood throughout the body. Impurities are removed from the circulatory system by the lymphatics and are broken down by cells important in fighting bacteria and viruses. The lymphatic system also plays a role in maintaining fluid balance throughout the body.
To prevent or reduce snoring, wearing compression stockings during the day can reduce fluid accumulation in your legs during the day which will reduce excess fluid being returned to the circulatory system at night as you lie down in bed. The rational for this approach is supported by a study of patients with chronic venous insufficiency. These subjects experienced significantly reduced apnea and hypopnea when they used support stockings during the day. By preventing fluid accumulation during the day, much less fluid pooled around their necks at night, resulting in improved breathing during sleep. The rationale is applicable to just about anyone who snores.
Compression stockings work by compressing the superficial veins that are located right under the skin and in the fat layer underneath. The pressure exerted on the surface then pushes the blood into the deep venous system that runs inside the muscles of the legs and on to the heart, reducing the pooling that occurs in spider and varicose veins. Thus, the role of compression therapy is to assist the muscle pump system of the legs, a major mechanism promoting the return of venous blood to the heart during normal locomotory activity (e.g., walking, running).
Having snoring and/or leg health problems? Call Sensory Intuition, Inc. at 215-499-0444 for a custom fitting and start your day right with a Lymphatic influence!