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Oversize Tongue Can Disturb Sleep

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 11:22 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The Romanian Tongue Twister is a fantasy gymnastics routine in an animated short called "Tongue Tied" on YouTube. The daring move propels a frog-man creature (or at least his tongue) to a gold medal — and sends his Eastern European rival into a lifelong funk.

Unusually large tongues can do that apparently, according to researchers from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Their study found that in obese people, a fat tongue is a main cause of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which a person's breathing stops and starts, causing them to wake up sporadically all night long.

Sleep apnea can trigger a lifelong funk (aka depression), heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and dementia.

The researchers also found that putting your tongue on a diet can improve obstructive sleep apnea. Using MRIs to look at participants' upper airways, the researchers discovered that when obese people lost around 10% of their body weight, the resulting reduction in tongue fat improved their sleep apnea symptoms dramatically.   

To check your tongue, open wide and stick it all the way out while looking in a mirror.

Can you see your entire uvula (the dangly thing hanging down from the top of your mouth)? If not, you have a too-large tongue, and it may be triggering or worsening obstructive sleep apnea.

Talk to your doctor about tongue exercises — really — and a weight-loss program.

In addition, discuss using a mandibular repositioning appliance, which helps reposition the tongue, and a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to help regulate your breathing.

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Researchers from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that in obese people, a fat tongue is a main cause of obstructive sleep apnea.
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