One of the problems with a snoring habit is that it is associated with so many serious health issues. Sleep Apnea, stroke, heart attack, and cancer are just some of these. Each singly suffices to scare most sensible people into taking measures to curb their snoring problem. However, there are conditions which can be mistaken for snoring, and which cannot be treated using a snoring mouth guard.
Catathrenia is one of those. It is a type of parasomnia, which means it covers sleep disorders characterized by abnormal movements, emotions, and behavior. The main tipoff is nocturnal groaning, mainly during REM sleep, and then deep, slow breathing. The disorder generally acts up after you enter deep sleep, and have settled into a steady state. People who toss restlessly in their sleep are less prone to have this problem.
Groaning from Catathrenia sounds is not the same as snoring, because the former happens during the exhale. Catathrenia is categorized as a harmless sleep related breathing disorder, affecting more males than females. It can onset at any age, and can be triggered by high stress, breathing obstructions, etc. A single groan can last up to half a minute and the whole thing can go on for up to an hour. Based on how bad this gets, the person would wake up with a sore throat the next morning, which can be fixed with a lozenge.
The information on Catathrenia is relatively limited, mainly because a lot of research has not been done into it. The condition is not seen as medically dangerous yet, and diagnosis requires either a sleep study or a thorough checkup. The main issue is social; it alienates people who have to put up with the noise it causes, and over time, this can lead to the build-up of massive resentment.
If you find you have Catathrenia and not snoring, consider yourself lucky. As for treating it, there are 3 main ways you can pick from: using a CPAP machine, going under the knife, and getting your bedmate a new pair of earplugs. One of those is bound to work. Do not be alarmed if your sleep specialist recommends a CPAP machine; use of this device is not exclusive to sleep apnea treatment. It simply delivers air through the nasal cavity so that you can get good sleep without disturbing the person lying next to you.