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.able of "ontents 1. What is snoring 2. Who is at risk for snoring 3. What causes adult snoring (sleep apnea, mouth obstruction, medications that induce snoring, obesity, health conditions, etc.) 4. What causes snoring in kids (allergies, health conditions, obesity, etc.) 5. ause of snoring! health implications ". ause of snoring! sleep apnea #. ause of snoring! obesity $. ause of snoring! eating and sleeping habits %. ause of snoring! alcoholism 1&. 'are causes of snoring 11. When do you need medical help 12. reatments aailable in snoring 12.1 snoring treatment! medicines 12.2 *noring treatment! allergy triggers 12.3 *noring treatment! surgical procedures 12.4 *noring treatment! eating eating and sleeping habit modification 12.5 *noring treatment! ontinuous ontinuous +ositie ir-ay +ressure (++) 12." *noring treatment! lifestyle changes ersus surgery 13. ntisnoring products (nasal strips, humidifier etc.) 14. *noring conclusion
What /s Snoring Getting To Know Snoring Better
lthough snoring seems to be /uite prealent among a number of people, it remains to be an an abnormal sleep phenomenon. *tatistics sho- that that around 450 of adults eperiences snoring from time to time -hile a significant 250 of the population are reported to be habitually snoring.
*noring may affect people coming from from any age age group. o-eer, men seem to be more prone to eperiencing this condition. lthough snoring may may not be as serious as the other medical conditions, it still should be gien attention as it does not only hae certain health implications, it may also be /uite emotionally and socially disturbing.
*noring basically takes place -hen there are physical impediments that affect the flo- of air through through the mouth and nose during sleep. he unusual sound produced is mainly due to the ibration of the throat muscles as the air passage-ay is blocked. he obstruction may may be obsered in any of the follo-ing follo-ing areas! asa asall pas passa sage ges. s. loc locka kage ge in thes these e pas passa sage ges s res resul ults ts to diff diffic icul ulty ty in breathing. 6tra effort effort is necessary. With this, the the soft tissues tissues of the throat may collapse -hich, in turn, may may further cause cause snoring. 7ien this, people -ith sinus infections, colds, or allergic rhinitis are reported to be snoring. hro hroat at.. *o *ome me peop people le,, by natu nature re,, hae hae ery ery rela relae ed d or so soft ft thro throat at musc muscle les s -hich collapse easily. easily. s the muscles muscles collapse, the air passage-ay passage-ay narro-s, resulting to the unusual sound produced. produced. 8urthermore, those -ho hae bulky throat muscles are like-ise prone to snoring since the air passage-ay is narro-er than the ideal. 9pen 9penin ing g fro from m the the nose nose goin going g to the the thro throat at.. long long pala palate te or een een long long uul uula a significantly narro-s narro-s do-n this particular opening. lso, gien the fact that the tissues and muscles are situated closely to each other, they hit each other during breathing.
9ther deformities in the structure of the mouth and surrounding areas may also lead to snoring. 8or instance, a malpositioned :a- may negatiely affect the oerall moement of the mouth leading to muscular tension that results to unusual flapping of the other mouth and throat tissues.
;ndeed, snoring is such a disturbing condition that needs attention. ;n addition, it can be an indication of a more serious medical condition such as sleep apnea. lthough this may not al-ays be the case, it is still ideal that one seeks treatment as soon as the symptoms are obsered so that if in case it indeed has other medical implications, it can be addressed early on. 8urthermore, since snoring occurs during sleep, it preents a person from haing /uality rest eery night -hich he may or may not be conscious of. his eplains -hy some snorers complain of dro-siness or headaches during the day -hich are, obiously, effects of a disturbed sleep.
*noring is often obsered, not by the snorer himself, but by the people around him. *ocially, it can hae aderse effects especially if a person sleeps near another person. 8or couples, this can really be a problem.
reatment comes in arious forms and the results may differ from one person to another. ;t is adisable that one consults a doctor first to identify -hich one is most suitable. he bottom line in all these is that snoring should not be taken for granted and must be treated the soonest possible time.
*noring is something that may be eperienced by people, young or old. ;t is /uite a common condition -hich eplains -hy some people do not find it disturbing anymore. o-eer, no matter ho- prealent it may be, it is still important to hae it treated since it also has negatie effects to health and -ellness in general.
ot eeryone -ho snores, though, is a-are that he actually snores. ormally, the condition is obsered by people -ho sleep near the person snoring. ;n case a person sleeps alone, there are certain indicators that he can look into -hich may point out the occurrence of snoring during sleep.
9ne of these indicators is the feeling of constant sleepiness. lthough snoring generally occurs unconsciously, it may still pose some disturbances in rest since the passage of air through the nose and throat is inoled. 'ecurrent headaches may also be the result of not haing /uality rest.
*elfcheck is indeed necessary since anyone can be at risk for snoring. o-eer, there are some people -ho, based on statistics, are more prone to it.
9lder people, for one, hae greater tendency to snore. his is mainly because compared to younger people, their muscles are more relaed. When throat muscles and tissues rela so much during sleep, they collapse and block off the air passage-ay.
>oreoer, men hae been seen to be more prone to snore. he eplanation to this, though, is yet unclear but records sho- that men are usually the ones -ho go for treatment.
*noring, in general, has a lot to do -ith the /uality of the muscles and tissues of the throat as -ell as the structure of the mouth. 9bese or oer-eight people obiously hae bulkier throat muscles and tissues -hich make the air passage-ay
narro-er. he palate and uula bumps into each other -hich leads to the unusual sound. lso, more effort is necessary in breathing resulting to fiercer ibrations in the throat area. hus, oer-eight people -ho hae been diagnosed for snoring are normally adised to lose -eight.
;n addition, the structure of the mouth and its back part may contribute a lot to snoring. hose -ho hae been born -ith certain mouth structure anomalies are more likely to ehibit the condition. his again hae something to do -ith the abnormal flo- of air along the passage-ay.
ot only is snoring dependent on certain inborn physical structures, it can also be genetic in nature. lthough the eact genetic makeup leading to it is yet to be identified, it cannot be denied that some people are simply genetically predisposed to ehibit it.
9n the contrary, a lot of controllable factors may put a person at risk for snoring. 9ne is the dependency to alcohol and certain drugs. ?rugs that rela the muscles too much cause snoring, an eample of -hich are those taken in by people -ho cannot sleep -ell. lcohol is included since it has similar effects.
he population of those at risk for snoring obiously is a big one. lot of people can be at risk. 7ien this, it is important that one constantly checks himself out to see if treatment is necessary. *noring may be more serious than it seems. o doubt that interention at the soonest possible time is necessary.
What "a+ses 0d+lt Snoring 1slee anea2 mo+th obstr+$tion2 medi$ations that ind+$e snoring2 obesit*2 health $onditions2 et$#3
The Roots of Adult Snoring
o doubt that snoring is such a disturbing condition. ot only is it socially annoying, it can also be an indicator of more serious medical conditions. @nfortunately, though, statistics sho- that a significant percentage of adults complains of snoring and seeks treatment for it.
he causes of snoring, especially among adults, are /uite aried. ;n line -ith this, treatment differs from one person to another. ;t is important that one seeks the adice of an epert before deciding on any form of interention to be able to achiee the most desired result. ?octors identify the best possible treatment depending on -hat caused the symptoms in the first place.
*o -hat are some of the causes of adult snoringA ;n general, unusual sounds are said to be produced because of the ibration and bumping of the structures at the back side of the mouth to-ards the throat. hese structures strike each other because the siBe of the passage-ay becomes narro-er than ideal.
7ien the fact that the causes of snoring are greatly structural in nature, certain types of people become more prone to it. 8or eample, people -ho are obese or oer-eight tend to hae bulkier throat muscles. ;n effect, the air passage-ay becomes narro-er, the soft palate and uula bumps into each other, and breathing takes more effort than usual.
Cike-ise, throat muscles that are too relaed often lead to snoring. his is because these soft muscles collapse along the passage-ay itself causing an air blockage. ;n addition, -hen the tongue relaes so much, it tends to plunge back-ards to-ards the throat -hich obiously becomes a ma:or blockage as -ell. >ore often than not, people -ho take in too much alcohol eperience this etreme muscle relaation and snore.
>oreoer, certain prescription drugs elicit the same effect as alcohol. 6amples of these drugs are those -hich are intended to induce sleep or lo-er depression leel. hus, people -ho hae difficulty sleeping and hae become dependent on these types of drugs are more likely to be snoring during their deep sleep.
6nlargement of tonsils, although this is commonly eperienced by children, is also being pointed out as a cause. his again is mainly due to the fact that the air passage-ay becomes narro-er and air does not flo- smoothly.
8urthermore, haing a palate longer than usual contributes to snoring. he situation becomes -orse if the uula is long as -ell. hese structures bump more -ith each other leading to stronger ibrations and louder snoring sounds.
ommon colds and sinusitis may also bring about snoring, but not habitual snoring. ;t only occurs since the nasal air-ay is blocked and both intake and uptake of air becomes harder. ;n such cases, snoring must be gone as a person recoers from colds or sinusitis.
8or structural causes, surgery is often suggested as the best treatment. o-eer, there are seeral options in the market -hich are also designed to gie remedy to these structural problems. 9ne eample is called ontinuous +ositie ir-ay +ressure -hich comes in the form of a mask that aims to bring in pressure to the throat. his is a great alternatie for those -ho -ould not -ant to sub:ect themseles to surgery.
9n top of all these, one should remember that a good understanding of oneDs condition -ill eentually lead to the best possible solution. his may be achieed -ith the help of an epert -ho can gie accurate diagnosis.
What "a+ses Snoring /n 4ids 1allergies2 health $onditions2 obesit*2 et$#3
Kids Snore too ae you eer been to the BooA ;f yes, hae you eperienced listening to the sounds of the animals E their snorting, -heeBing, gasping and -histlingA earing this in a Boo is normal since animals do make these kinds of sounds. ut if you are hearing this other than the Boo, -ithin the confines of your home or your bedroom, this only means one thing, your snore sounds like the animals in the Boo. Fou hae to kno- that snoring is not done by adults. Foung ones, like you, snore too and if this is the case, most likely you hae an underlying health condition that needs to be addressed. *noring happens -hen the person has inability to let air moe freely -ithin the nose and mouth during sleeping. he unpleasant sound is caused by the structures built inside you particularly in the mouth and throat like the soft palate, uula, upper throat and tongue. Gids may only find out if their brother, sister or friend tease him because of his snoring and this can /uite traumatic for a child. his is -hy its important to address problem as soon as possible because of the social reasons attached to snoring not to mention the medical -hich may hurt if not soled early. Why are your snoringA here are a number of reasons -hy people snore, for kids, these are the common symptoms of snoring! asal passages or air-ays that are blocked due to seere colds and sinus infection. his can cause a rattling sound in your snoring. *easonal allergies are common problems to children -ho snore because they may suffer from allergyrelated disease of the respiratory. his may cause their noses to be stuffy making them snore. *noring can also be caused by a deiated or deformed septum. his makes people difficult to breathe therefore contributes to their snoring. *ome people hae it corrected and straightened to help them breathe. *-ollen adenoids and tonsils. his is located inside your head near the nasal passages. ;f they are s-ollen or enlarged, this can cause too the snore.
?rinking alcohol should be eliminated because it relaes your muscles and throat thus contributes to snoring. 9er-eight can cause your air passage-ays to be narro-ed that lead to snoring. *noring can be ery easy to handle if you kno- ho-. ere some basic steps to help you stop snoring! *mall, -hite strips called nasal strips can help in opening your air-ays -ide. hese strips are the ones you see on sports playersD nose to guide them in their breathing. Fou can also use this to help you reduce your snoring. +utting your bed on the reclining position for seeral inches to help you be eleated and in turn hae no problems in breathing. Fou can neer go -rong -ith your doctor around. sk him of some -ays to help open up your air-ays so thereDs no difficulty in breathing and no snoring. e healthy and deelop an effectie sleeping patterns and habits. 8or seere snoring, you may be put into a sleeping clinic so the doctor can obsere you and record your sleeping habits that may contribute to your sleeping. *oling your snoring problem -ill benefit both you and your parents. *o if you obsered some of the symptoms of ho- seere your snoring is, immediately do something about it and hae easier sleep again.
"a+se &f Snoring, health imli$ations
Snoring ealth "#lications *noring may seem to be a normal condition that you take for granted for a long time until finally it has taken its toll and become an uncontrollable, grae concern because complications hae already arose. >ild snoring can be resoled by simple changes in ones lifestyle and application of easy methods. o-eer, snoring -orsens if not addressed early. ;t may lead to chronic, seere snoring -hich may re/uire adance methods of treatment like surgery. ;t can also be the other -ay around. *noring can be a symptom of a much more complicated medical concern gone -rong because of neglect. *noring is ery much an annoying habit caused by a number of reasons and in return result to a much graer medical problem. 8irst, the obious result of snoring is sleep depriation. here are a lot of effects resulting to sleep depriation and this related to your productiity during the day. *ince, you hae not rested -ell and perhaps for ho- many days, productiity -ill be lessened, you are more tired and so sleepy at the same time. his can also lead to unclear thinking making your credibility to put for-ard sound decisions is /uestioned. Cacking sleep also fails your immune system making you more prone to sickness like catching colds, flu and other illnesses. *econd, -ith all these results of sleep depriation, it aggraates your ulnerability to gro-ing some serious diseases like type ;; diabetes, stroke, hypertension, high blood pressure and other heart diseases -hich can lead to death. With the nature of snoring, it too can deelop into -orst sleeping disorders like sleep apnea, insomnia and other abnormal conditions. 8or children -ho snore, it -orsens their ulnerability to deeloping allergies and respiratory diseases. ;n some cases, snoring is a symptom of mental impairment and behaioral problems during adolescent life. +roblems -ith your snoring can be resoled through three treatment categories! ehaior treatments E these kinds of treatments are those performed by the patients themseles -hich inoles maybe drastic changes in the lies such as -eight loss, reduce alcohol, sedaties and antihistamine intakes. his also include
some alterations in your sleeping patterns like lying on your side -hile sleeping that your back. 9ral deices E these treatments re/uire the use of dental deices such as mouthpieces to open and position your :a- for-ard. nother deice is the one called as ontinuous +ositie ir-ay +ressure (++) -here a mask should be put on your nose -hile sleeping and it is attached to a pump that forcibly pumps air to your air-ays. *urgeries E these are treatments of the last resort -hen snoring is already chronic. >ost of the surgeries gie postoperatie pains. *ome offer good results in :ust one operation but others are taken through series of treatment sessions to get the desired results. ;f lucky and proper medications and processes are follo-ed, there -ill be no problems of complication and these are ery rare. ut once happened, the patient may eperience one or more of the follo-ing complications! time
leeding ;nfection llergy +resence of lump or mucus ?ifficulty in s-allo-ing Hoice may be different and sounds of alphabets may be interchanged for a 8istula or hole may occur in the palate
*noring is not a problem to be neglected and should be addressed. ;f not, graer complications may arise and make it all the more difficult to cure. ?o not let this happen. ake back the peace and /uiet of the night. 7ood night and happy dreaming.
"a+se &f Snoring, slee anea
Snoring and Slee# A#nea *noring is the production of an unpleasant -heeBing and snorting sound -hile sleeping. *leep apnea, on the other hand, truly inoles the stoppage of breathing -ithin a fe- seconds (at least 1&). Fou -ake up to catch up -ith your breath again, sleep and only to again -ake up for seeral or een a hundred times at night to start breathing all oer again. ut the snorer neer kne- about his a-akenings at night. is partner is the silent -itness to all the symptoms of his conditions. nd this can be dead serious. ;t is true that snoring is one of the most common symptoms of apnea but snoring alone does not inole cessation of breathing. hough snoring too can result to a serious sleeping disorder like apnea if not addressed during its early stages. 9bstructie sleep apnea is due to a close in some part of air passage-ay. ;t is either to a narro- air-ay or because the person is so obese that the fatty tissues in throat are all in the -ay, thus, blocking the flo- of air. 9thers may contain some deformities -ithin the breathing area like enlarged tonsils or tongues, gro-th in the neck or :a- deformities. here are three types of sleep apnea -hich anyone might hae. heck out if any of these three are the suspects -hy you snore! 9bstructie sleep apnea (9*) E occurs on males -ithin 3&5& years of age. his happens -hen the respiratory tract is blocked during sleep preenting proper breathing. his then can lead to lo- oygen leels in your blood -hich signals the person to -ake up and inhale deeply but snorting breath. lso, small mouth and tongue can contribute to the obstruction. entral sleep apnea E this is actually brought about not by an obstructed nasal passage-ay but a breathing impairment caused by the malfunctioning of the brain area that controls the breathing. he damage to this part of the brain that manages breathing can be a result of a head in:ury or a stroke. his can also cause the brain to stop the effort the body to breathe. >ied sleep apnea E a combination of the first t-o sleep apnea eident in one person is possible but rare. his can be caused by a loss of breathing effort but -ith the symptoms that is the same -ith 9*.
o- -ould you kno- if you are suffering from your inability to maintain good /uality of sleep due to apnea, -atch out for these signs!
loud snoring and or abnormal snoring patterns -ith a lot pauses and gasps ecessie daytime sleepiness inability to restore sleep personality changes erectile dysfunction (impotence) decreased memory automobile accidents irritability and depression
reatment for sleep apnea may ary according to your specific characteristics and circumstances. >edication may not be the effectie choice of treatment for your condition but therapies are ery helpful in coping sleep apnea. *ome are listed belo-! ehaior herapy E obesity or being oer-eight is the simplest -ay of reducing your apneic episodes because it can reduce the bulkiness and ecessie tissue flabDs on your throat clearing your passage-ay. ut this can be challenge for the obese because losing -eight is not an easy task to do. nother -ay of helping you reduce the effects of sleep apnea is aoiding alcohol, sedaties and tobacco consumption because this can oerly rela their muscles and aoid the closure of the passage-ay at night. *leeping position and patterns may also help. *leeping on your side can proe most comfortable for you than lying on your back because it open up the passage-ay clearly. +hysical or >echanical herapy E the use of a process called ontinuous +ositie ir-ay +ressure (++) helps tremendously because of the forcible pumping of air in your nostrils, thus, keeping your air-ay open. his -ill re/uire you to -ear a snugly fit mask in your nose and the mask is attached to a pump that proides the air in your nostrils. he problems -ith mask are the hassles of sleeping -ith a mask, it is rather uncomfortable, dermal irritations because the mask rubs the face the entire night, sneeBing and dry mucus membranes. *urgery E the procedures inoled here -ill correct the siBe of your air-ay by inasie operations. hese treatments are often your last resorts -hen your snoring reaches to a leel that is -orst. *leep apnea -ith too much snoring is ery irritating and inconenient. ;t hampers the normal routine in your life because of your inability to get proper sleep. ;f your doctor adised you to do some of the treatments aailable, follo- it at once to sae you hassles and een money.
"a+se &f Snoring, &besit*
Snoring and O$esity Ciing your life carrying those etra loads of fat in your body is neer an easy task. ;t makes it difficult for you to moe een if its :ust small moements like picking up a garbage, -alking from the grocery store to the parking lot, going do-n a 1& stepped stair, s-eeping the floor and as simple as -atering the plants. his is not the only difficulty an obese person has but carrying a host of medical problems too because of those etra pounds like diabetes, high blood pressure hypertension and so on and so forth. ;t is not surprising that snoring has a linked to obesity. s the research sho-ed, about 3,##$ patients out of 4,$5$ has a body mass inde (>;) of 34 -ithin the ages of 14$# complained of snoring. person is called obese if his >; is 3& and aboe. he obserations recorded three measures of snoring in obese people such as!
snoring has a sustained loudness peak loudness duration
he research also sho-ed that chronic fatigue, sleepiness and obesity are strongly related and may one or another result to snoring. istory of snoring and problems -ith daytime sleepiness in relation to obesity and chronic fatigue recorded $& percent -hich means it has close relations -ith the other t-o conditions. +roblems can arise -ith these three factors as eident causes of snoring. With chronic fatigue, it recorded #$ percent link to the other t-o -hile obesity is closely related to the other factors -ith #30 ;f you really -ant to eliminate the unpleasant sound at nights and regain a peaceful sleep, you may need to s-itch your lifestyle and practice clean liing. ecause of obesity, ecessie tissues in your throat area gro- and deelop making it impossible for you to breathe freely. he bulkiness of your neck because of fat tissues makes your nasal air-ay narro-er. o aoid all these difficulties, better start disciplining yourself and making your lifestyle a little bit healthier not only it can improe your sleeping habits but your physi/ue and health condition as -ell. ere are some pointers for you to keep in mind and follo-!
e inoled -ith physical and actie sports like s-imming, tennis and track and field. his can help strengthen your respiratory system and make your breathing smooth and free. *tart eating a -ellbalanced diet. sk your dietician for assistance preferably hae him prepare an effectie meal plan for you. 8ood is ery important but not oereating. Fou should try to balance your food, aoid eating too much of red and fatty meats. ry to hae some health options for these foods as nutrients found in these meats can be found in other food that are much healthier and risk free of diseases. ae 3& minutes to an hour of eercise either early morning or afternoon. oid doing it before sleeping as you may eperience difficulty in sleeping. oid your old -ays and bad habits. ;f you can be successful on eliminating alcohol, smoking and other addicting habits that does not contribute to your healthy lifestyle, then you can do almost anything to be successful in eliminating your snoring problems. eing oer-eight or obese can neer help you make your life easier but rather full of complications and problems. ot only -ill not eliminate your snoring but also you -ill be bombarded -ith medical concerns. *o lie healthyI
"a+se &f Snoring, eating and sleeing habits
Win the Battle of Snoring $y Good %ating and Slee#ing a$its
;f you -ant to put an end to your snoring, there are only t-o simplest but difficult things to do! ac/uire good and effectie eating and sleeping habits. 9besity and being oer-eight contributes a lot to your snoring. 6cessie -eight makes your breathing difficult due to fats accumulated, more effort in doing things and flabby tissues blocking your air-ays. ;t is best if you can enroll i n a program -here you can lose some of those pounds, tone your muscles all oer your body and you -ill be guided -ith the foods you are eating. ?iscipline is re/uired and your personal trainer -ill help you keep on track of your diet and your daily eercise regimen. 9ld habits such as drinking sessions -ith your friends and smoking breaks should be strictly aoided, trashed and should be a part of your old life and s-ear neer to return again. ;f you -ant to lie that healthy lifestyle, forget about your bad habits and moe on to the eciting -orld of healthy liing. 9ereating too is considered as a bad habit. ;t does not necessarily mean that if you eat anything you -ant, you -ill arrie to that desired body -eight or measurements. Fou hae to maintain a -ellbalanced diet. Fou can ask a dietician to make a meal plan for you and be educated about -hich food -ill gie you the proper, complete nutrients that your body needs. ;t is al-ays best to stay fit and maintain moderate eating. ?iscuss -ith your dietician some healthy food options for you especially on your strict diet. o- is your sleeping patternA nother contributory factor to snoring is your sleeping -ay and patterns. ot once -here you informed about the preferred sleeping position -hich is lying on your side instead of on your back because it -ill hinder the breathing process going on. *leeping on super soft pillo-s is not adisable either because it strains the neck too much instead of putting the effort to breathing properly. ;n case you hae some minor to serious problem of difficulty finding sleep, here are some tips for good nights Jsleep! Watch out your daytime habits!
oid napping during the day. apping ruins your body clock and in turn -ill gie you a hard time sleeping at night. ;f you feel that you must sleep, reduce some 3& minutes on your sleep early in the day. 'educe intake of caffeine and alcohol. oth are muscle relaants and may cause you to go to a deep slumber but it can totally ruin your normal sleeping patterns. ?o not smoke. *moking is a stimulant and may contribute to your difficulty in sleeping or staying asleep. fter a-akening, epose yourself to direct sunlight soon to send a signal to your biological clock that it is time to -ake up. When you are sleeping, be sure to close curtains or anything that may illuminate light inside your room. y doing this you can also set up the biological clock inside you and -ill help your body recogniBes -hen to sleep or -ake up. e actie early in the day by performing your daily eercise regimen. oid doing this before going to bed because it -ill :ust stimulate you and you may find it difficult to sleep. >onitor your iron leel. Cacking iron in your body -ill not help you get that enough sleep you need. ;f you find out that lack that iron your body needs, you may ask your doctor to prescribe you an ironrich supplement. 8or better sleep enironment, follo- these simple instructions! hoose your bed -isely. est seeral mattresses before buying, get therapeutic pillo-s and choose a comfy cotton sheet. e sure that your bed is large and comfortable to encourage sleeping. Four bedroom is a place for relaing and sleeping. eer put your office or -ork space inside your room to aoid diersions. >ake sure to keep your sleeping space peaceful and coBy. Geep your room enticing to sleep on and make it -ellentilated for a comfy sleep. eer put your clock to any-here you can see it so you can concentrate sleeping, lock can put pressure on you and most people cannot sleep because of the -orries on ho- to sleep and -hat time is it that they need to sleep. *noring can easily be addressed -ith good eating and sleeping habits. ry to deelop those habits and you are on your -ay to /uieter eenings.
"a+se &f Snoring, 0l$oholism
Snoring and Alcoholis" 9ne of the most common symptoms -hy people snore is because of their addicting habit to-ards alcohol. lcohol as a depressant allo-s the oer relaation of the muscles -hich leads a person to snore. ?rinking alcohol, aside from the other harmful effects it has, can cause too temporary condition of sleep apnea. *leep apnea is the cessation of breathing for short period of times but can get so annoying because it can happen a hundred of times in :ust one night. ;f your sleep apnea is induced by your habitual drinking and you think that it -ill :ust stop eentually, better think t-ice because you may be shocked that your condition -orsened by :ust a fe- months times. *leep apnea caused by alcohol has the follo-ing symptoms! etremely sluggish, shortness of breath and -eariness. +reention is al-ays better than the cure but if the problem is already there, you :ust hae to face the conse/uences of your negligence. t first, disciplining yourself by aoiding alcohol can be ery challenging, though -orth it in the end. ; f you cannot stop right a-ay, try drinking your bottles of li/uor four hours before going to bed. his -ill enable your body to hae that grace period it needs to ad:ust to the effects of the alcohol. lcohol can lead to nasal congestionK it also irritates the nasal air-ay so alcohol can be a serious threat to you and adds to the seerity of your snoring. here are other symptoms of snoring and some its implications on your health. *ome of the other risk factors for snoring are! 1. ntihistamines, sleeping pills, other sedaties and an alcohol at bedtime 2. asal congestion that may go on for days and brought about by allergies and colds 3. *-ollen tonsils and adenoids that block the air-ay 4. 9er-eight can contribute to the deelopment of ecess tissues near the nasal passage leaing your air-ays blocked. 5. Cast month of pregnancy, if you are pregnant, can also cause you to snore. ". ge can contribute greatly to your snoring since your muscles gro- -ith age.
;f you -ish to stop your snoring, there are of -ays and means aailable for you up for grabs. he only key is to put your mind to addressing your snoring problems and focus on being disciplined because -ithout it nothing can be effectie for you. Fou are the only one -ho can help yourself. *ome of the effectie selfcare tips that you can do to stop your snoring are as follo-s! +ractice healthy liing and athletic lifestyle and turn a-ay from your old bad -ays of abusing your body. his -ill help you deelop your muscles and lose some of those etra pounds. ?o not take antihistamines medications, tran/uiliBers, sleeping pills and other sedaties before going to bed because these greatly contribute to your snoring. 8our hours before retiring, aoid drinking alcohol and eating heay meals because this can cause you to rela your muscles oerly, make you sleep and snore. >ake it a habit to sleep on your side rather that your back to aoid blocking of your air-ays. 'ecline your bed up-ard about four inches to aid your breathing -hile sleeping. ;f you -ant to lie your life a-ay from the disturbing nights you hae because of your tremendous snoring, start changing your lifestyle for the better and kiss your snoring goodbye. ;t is not funny as others may think but it is neer hopeless too.
Rare "a+ses &f Snoring
Slee#less &ights due to the Rare 'auses of Snoring >ore than :ust a medical nuisance, in seere cases, snoring is also a matter of social concern. *noring can cause you too many sleepless nights if you can no longer take the snoring of your partner. his may lead your relationship to a collapse if not addressed seriously. side from ruining that intimacy -ith your partner, it can also be a cause for a fe- laughs around the office or other social circles you both belong to. ;f you do not -ant all these to happen, then you must act on it no- and you -ill be amaBed at the many help and solutions aailable for you to grab. bout 450 of adults snore occasionally and only 250 snore regularly. here is -hat you call the mild snorer or the seere, chronic ones. @sually, the seere snorers are the ones -ho need medical attention because of the health implications that might already be present in their system that causes the snoring. *noring is the unpleasant sound one produces -hile sleeping. ;t can be caused by the most mundane but habitual lifestyle, bodily patterns and health complaints or simple physical deformities that hampers the free flo- of air inoling the nasal passage-ay, in the area of the nose, mouth and throat. Fou can refer to a list of causes belo- starting -ith the rare ones, these are the factors your may not be a-are that occur -hich results to snoring and the most commonly kno-n causes! 'are auses! Carge tonsils and adenoids are the causes of snoring in children. hese kind of causes, ho-eer, should not be ignored because some can get so large that it deelops into a cyst or tumor. he presence of cysts and tumors that obstucts nasal passage-ays, although rare are causes too of snoring, ;f this happens, then it can be ery seere and needs real medical attention. ysts in the parts of the throat, mouth (called lingual cyst) and nose are sure causes of loud and heay snoring. *noring is one of the symptoms of obstructie sleep apnea. o-eer, it is also true that ordinary snoring can lead to sleep apnea. his happens -hen at the middle of night, in bet-een your loud snoring comes a period -hen you stop your breathing for at least 1& seconds. he episodes can happen from 3& to 3&& times a night.
9ther causes includes! eredity E certain features you possess may come from either sides of your family including a narro- throat -hich can cause the snoring. ge E is a ma:or factor -hy people snore because throat can narro- in the course of time and it reduces too the muscle tone in your throat -hen you reached middleage or more. 7ender E there are more chances for males to snore because they hae narro- air passages than females. *moking and eposure to others smoking E due to this addicting habit, the nasal and lung congest, thus, blocking the air-ay aside from relaing the muscles too. 9er-eight E ecess fats in some areas can result to pressure in some parts of the body like the neckK if the neck is heay due to fatty tissues, this may lead to smaller throat -hich causes the snoring. ad habits (alcohol, sleeping pills and antihistamine consumptions) E consumption of these substances cause the aboe normal relaation of the tongue and throat muscles -hich makes you snore. Cack of fitness E muscle toning is ery important and eercise can only be the ans-er to this -ithout it, muscle -ill be la that contributes to that unpleasant sounds at night. *leeping position E the adisable sleeping position is sleeping on your sides rather than your backs because the flesh of your throat blocks the air-ay that leads to snores. *leeping habits E aoid using ultra soft pillo-s -hen sleeping because the angle of the neck then increases -hich contributes to the blocking of air-ays, thus, making you snore. llergies and other regular health complaints E this contributes to nasal air-ay blockage that result to difficulty in inhalation, -hen this happens, it -ill create a acuum in your throat and make your breathing noisy. +hysical but unseen deformities E nasal deformities contribute greatly to snoring because it -ill not allo- you to breathe properly, eample of -hich is haing a deiated septum.
*-ollen adenoids and tonsils E these are also contributors to obstructing your air-ays and it also added some ibrations to your breathing. ;f your partners has one or more of these habits and deformities and you feel that your snoring is getting -orse eery time, it -ould be best to consult your physician and ask for medical assistance.
When 'o 5o+ 6eed Medi$al Hel
Snoring( When to know if you need hel#) s a partner of someone -ho snores, it is most likely that you alone can inform, encourage and motiate him to do something about his snoring. >ost snorers are not a-are that they snore much more to ealuate the seerity of his condition. ;t is ery important to make this kno-n to him because of the health risks that seere snoring may lead to like diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart diseases, hypertension and -orst premature death. >edical assistance -ill benefit both of you as -ell. 8or the snorer, he -ill regain the benefits of a good sleep and for you as his partner you -ill hae more /uiet nights and you -ill also regain the intimacy in your relationship. Four times of sleeping separately are no- oer. reatment for snoring is easily aailable in the market -ith oer 3&& patented products and deices to aid snorers ranging from sprays, nasal strips, tablets and masks. ;n seere cases, it is ery important to consult a physician to aoid further damage to your health. he physician or the ear, nose, throat or 6 specialist -ill check on you and do the follo-ing steps before diagnosis! eamine the areas affected and that causes snoring E nose, throat, mouth, neck and palate monitor if there is any underlying health conditions the physician may endorsed you to a sleep clinic -here you can be obsered E your sleeping patterns and habits and diagnose your snoring condition.
assist and gie solution to your snoring.
;f your diagnosed as a slight snorer, the 6 specialist -ill recommend some changes in your habits and lifestyle practices such as reducing if not totally aoiding alcohol and sleeping pills consumption, losing -eight and changing your sleeping habits and patterns. ut if these changes do not arried in your desired result, the physician -ill go to higher leel of treatment. e may suggest the follo-ing! @se of oral appliances. hese deices are dental mouthpieces that are form fitting and aids in tongue and soft palate to adance theirs positions. his -ill help in keeping the air passage open. *urgery. hese are inasie procedures that alter your palate, nasal and throat tissues to help you in your breathing and aoid obstruction -hich causes snoring.
Caser surgery. his is a much lesser inasie procedure of shortening your soft palate and remoing your uula in order to enlarge your air-ay and decrease the ibration going on -hile you sleep. *omnoplasty procedure is the use of lo-intensity radio fre/uency signal to alter and reduce the siBe of the soft palate that may reduce the snoring episodes. +ressuriBed masks can also be used -hile you are sleeping. ;t is design to coer your nice -hile sleeping. small pump is attached to the mask -hich pumps air to your air-ay forcibly and keeps it open. his is a preferred -ay of treating a much seere case of snoring but most find it so uncomfortable being attached to them -hy they sleep. ;n case you -ant a peaceful life -ith your partner, help him sole his snoring problem and assist him to a better sleep at night. *eek medical help right a-ay for be on your -ay to more /uiet nights.
.reatments 0vailable /n Snoring
Snoring Treat"ents ;s snoring making your life so miserableA ?oes it ruin your relationship -ith your -ife or partnerA ;f you ans-er yes, then your snoring must be chronic and need
assistance from specialists. *noring is the ery reason -hy $&0 of couples sleep in separate rooms. nd this is not a good recipe for a relationship. *noring happens -hen air is blocked in your nasal passage and the breathing process is not completed -ell and an unpleasant sound of snorting or -heeBing -hile breathing takes place. ;f not addressed, snoring can be both socially and life threatening. ;magine being the laughing stock in social gatherings and functions and -orst becoming a ictim of an untimely death. Why die of something that can be cured if you could hae done something about it earlier. *noring can be mild or seere. 8or mild snorers, by simply -aking up in the middle of the night and turning oer to another position is enough to discontinue the snoring. While chronic snoring can be treated by the help of a specialiBed doctor like an 6. ?iagnosis is first done by your 6 and then he recommends you to go to a sleep clinic and stay oernight so an assistant can take note of your sleeping habits and patterns. reatment can be as simple as changing your lifestyle and sleeping practices or it can be -orst like undergoing a surgical operation. ut you first hae to kno- the seerity of your case. he changes in lifestyle alone may help your condition if you maintain monitoring, or because it can be hard if you do it yourself, ask someone, a partner sleeping -ith you to record your sleeping habits for you. o kno- more about some selfhelp tips to alleiate the nuisances of snoring, read on and find out the most effectie ones for you! Cie a healthy lifestyle and maintain your -eight. ;f you maintain your -eight, there -ill be no deelopment of fatty tissues to obstruct your air passage-ay. 6ercise and balanced diet can increase your capacity of breathing properly and freely -hy you sleep. *leeping position and habits. he preferred sleeping position is on your side rather than on your back. he tendency of lying on your back is shortness of breath due to the flesh of your throat dangling on the air-ay. >ake it a habit to sleep on your side by doing the ball trick or putting some to-els behind your mattress. *peciallydesigned pillo-s to aid breathing can also help and it is commercially aailable. he ball trick can be done by se-ing a pocket or sock on your pa:ama top and put a ball, the siBe of tennis ball, inside it. his proes to be uncomfortable for the snorer if he attempts to lie on his back so the tendency is for him to sleep side-ays instead. Cater on, it -ill become a habit -ithout putting on the ball. ry to sleep -ithout the ordinary pillo-, aside from straining your neck, it can also contribute to a blocked air passage-ay. ;nstead of using a pillo- -hy not recline the head of your bed at four inches. ;n this -ay you can make your breathing
easier and better and it can also help in adancing the position of your :a- and tongue. ;f your bed does not recline, you can use folded to-els behind the mattress to eleate your head. s much as possible, reduce, if not totally stop, your smoking, and or your eposure to secondhand smoke because either of these can cause nasal and lung congestion leading to difficulty in breathing and eentually snoring. eer eat heay meals or drink alcohol before going to sleep. hese habits can contribute to the relaation of muscles that al-ays make you snore. ;f you cannot stop drinking drastically, then make it a habit to drink four hours before bed time for the body to ad:ust and reduce the effects of alcohol. ?o not stuff yourself -ith soy milk or high fat dairy milk products because either of these can cause the thickening of your mucus that makes it more difficult to drain, thus, contributes to your snoring. ;f you suffer from allergies and stuffy nose, aoid taking antihistamines because this can rela your muscles, thus, leading you to snore.
@se nasal decongestants to clear your air passage-ays.
*leeping pills and sedaties too hae this relaing effect to your muscles especially to your neck. his can lead to your snoring heaily. process called ontinuous +ositie ir-ay +ressure (++) helps alleiate the snoring by using a deice -ith a mask attached to a pressure pump that forces to pump air into your passage-ay leaing it open. reatments are easily accessible if you really hae the -ill po-er to remoe your snoring habits. y understanding that snoring is more than :ust a medical concern but also social can gie you the boost to address your snoring and regain your /uiet nights back -ith your loed one.
Snoring .reatment, Medi$ines
Snoring Medicines 9er 3&& patented products ranging from medicines, oral appliances and deices for nasal congestion and snoring are up for grabs in the market. hough these are
all patented, not all promise good results. Fou may be -asting so much of your money -ithout the epected results you are hoping to get. ;t is al-ays best to be guided by the professional. *eek the adice of your ear, nose, throat specialist or otolaryngologist for proper medication and this -ill only depend on the diagnosis of your doctor. >ild snoring only re/uires selfhelp solutions but chronic snoring may need more adanced procedures inoling surgery. *olution does not come in by :ust letting yourself undergo one solution or treatment. Fou may need a series of sessions and combination of treatments aailable for snoring. ere are some of the treatments you may access in the market and in your nearest physician! 7# Medi$ines he-able tablets E this medication is only effectie for the mild snorer and those under 1$& lbs in -eight. 8or children oer the age of fie, they can suck or che- the tablet -hile they are lying on the bed. ;f there is a recorded improement, kids can already start using it eery night until they no longer needed it. ;n case adults of more than 1$& lbs -ant to try its affectiity, they can che- 1 tablet 3& minutes before bedtime and again at bedtime. ;f improement is noticed, adults can begin to make it their daily eening habit. ailable in the market at L1&.34.
*prays and doses E there are products in the market like these sprays can gie snorers fast relief and sometimes -ith bonus to those -ho hae respiratory allergies. *ome are sprayed directly in the mouth or through the nostrils. When sprayed in the mouth, three pumps are re/uired to complete one dose and this should be repeated 4" times daily until some improement is eident. 8or adults, they are re/uired three complete pump sprays. 8or children ages 212 years old, they need t-o complete pumps and ne-borns, 12 years old, only one complete spray. Fou can buy it at L5L1&.&&. 8# &ral alian$es and devi$es asal strips. ;f you notice the -hite, adhesie strips attached to the noses of some athletes, this is -hat you call nasal strips. his is anything but fashion instead it is used for easy breathing and relief from nasal congestion due to allergies and colds. he strip holds the nose in place to increase the nasal air-ays. oth sides of the strip are fleible and springlike -hich allo-s the adhesie hold the nose in place. his is applicable for those -ith aerage or aboeaerage nose siBe. Warning! neer use the strip for more than 12 hours and you can be prone to skin rashes since the strip is made up of natural rubber late. ailable in drugstores for L4.4%.
?ental deices. hese are some formfitting mouthpieces that allo- to position the tongue and soft palate for-ard. his helps keep the nasal passages open. ;f you opt to use these deices, you are re/uired to isit your dental specialist at least once eery si months in the first year of use and after that at least annually so he can check the fit and -hether your condition is improing or -orsening. >edicines and treatments are easily accessible in the market. 9ne suggestion though is to maintain professional guidance from your specialist to ac/uire the proper medication for you.
Snoring .reatment, allerg* triggers
Snoring and Allergy he relationship bet-een snoring and allergy is most eident to kids -ho snore. -entyone and fie percent (21.50) of children -ho are sensitie to triggers in
their allergies hae increased chances of snoring early on. *ame -ith children -ho hae atopy, allergy to pollen, dander enoms, food and others and an earlier sign of deeloping asthma and allergies, they are t-ice more likely to snore than those -ho are not affected by this condition. >ost of the time, if kids snore they hae a ery high tendency to be diagnosed -ith respiratory diseases that are caused by allergies. ;f the disease has been treated and the child gro-s up but still snores then maybe this is a case of behaioral difficulties, metabolic and heart diseases or mental impairment. *noring triggered by allergies to items such as household cleaners, feather pillo-s, pet hair and house dust mites can also lead to the snoring. llergies of this sort can result to the s-elling of the lining of the nose and throat, thus, preents you to breathing properly -hich can contribute to snoring. 9ne allergy that triggers snoring is sthma. ;f sthma is controlled -ell, then snoring is not a problem and can be easily managed. ;n case you attempted to treat the snoring and it -orked -ell, then you can make your sthma manageable and in need of fe-er medications. *ince both are related, responding to either problems sthma and snoring can gie relief to the patient. nother allergy that easily triggers snoring is the food allergy. ;t can cause you sleepless nights because of your increased snoring, fatigue and muscle and :oint pain. Why it triggers snoringA ecause oftentimes, food allergy causes too much sniffing and sneeBing, paing the -ay to a congested nasal passage-ay. his obstructs your breathing, thus, causing you to snore heaily. ;t is ery important that you are kno-ledgeable of the type of allergy that struck you because you -ill be able to treat it effectiely. here are three specific allergies that causes nasal congestion and thus leads to snoring. 8irst, seasonal hay feer that can be triggered by grasses and pollens. his is often eperienced during springtime. ommon symptoms are sneeBing, blocked nose, itchiness and sneeBing. *econd type of allergy that causes you sleepless and disturbing nights is the perennial allergies you get from dust mites and moulds. ;t can make you itchy, produce red, -atery eyes and cause itchiness in your palate as -ell. What is most uncomfortable in this type of allergy is the fact that it can be eperienced all year round. 9ne -ay of aoiding these allergies to trigger is to reduce your eposure to the allergens that cause it so there -ould be no complications that may arise. llergy and alcohol are also a tandem in causing you to snore. lcohol is one of the factors that can deelop allergies. ;f alcohol is present in your system, you
hae higher leels of antibodies and it may interfere -ith the functions of your immune system. *inus congestion, like nasal congestion, is one of the effects of chronic allergies. ;f both of these congestions are prealent, difficulties in breathing -ill be ery eident, especially during nightime. ;n one of the researches made, findings reealed that lying on your back can increase nasal congestion. his means lo/uality of sleep since congestion can lead to sleep disorder related to breathing and snoring. 8or many, snoring seems to be :ust a light matter and does not care if it continues. hey think that it is :ust a normal part of life until they feel the ridicule or health effects of snoring. he etent of damage it can gie to light snorers is sleep depriation. 9n the other hand, the seere snorer can eperience complicated medical problems that een lead to premature death. *leep depriation can result to!
decreased productiity unclear thinking slo- reaction time lo- energy negatie mood daytime sleepiness lack of smooth functioning of the body poor mental and emotional health a compromised immune system and slo-er healing
hronic snoring can further lead to!
stroke hypertension heart disease type 2 diabetes high blood pressure premature death
;f you are -ise enough, you -ill address the issue of snoring early on so you -ould not hae much difficulty dealing -ith the complications both medical and social. *noring can be a point for embarrassment and ridicule. Why -ait for that time to happen -hen you can do something about it -ithin your capacity, here is ho-! *leep on your side. *leeping on your back -ill put more effort in your breathing because the tongue is freer to fall back-ard near your throat causing it
to partially block the air-ays obstructing the flo- of air. o make it your habit to sleep on your side, try the tennis ball trick. his re/uires you to se- a pocket or pin a sock on the back of your pa:ama top and put the ball inside. his is ery uncomfortable if you lie on your back so you -ill then be forced to sleep on your side until it becomes a habit -ithout the ball. @se nasal strip. asal strips are the adhesie tapes you see attached to the noses of some athletes during footballs and other actie ball sports because they aid you to breathe -ell. his increases the areas of the nasal passage-ay, thus, improing the breathing process. reat nasal congestion and obstruction. ongestion causes difficulty in breathing due to the narro-ed air-ays in your nose. 8or properly addressing this health concern, see your doctor and unless he prescribes you -ith an oral medicine or spray, do not attempt to use them especially if there is acute congestion three days in a ro-. 8or seere congestion, try consulting your doctor about the use of a steroid spray. ;n case you hae a deiated septum -hich indeed causes your congestion, you may need to undergo a surgery to correct it. 'educe or aoid alcohol, sedaties and antihistamines. he only compromise you hae in addressing your alcohol consumption is to aoid drinking it four to si hours before bedtime. his allo-s the body to ad:ust to the effects of alcohol. 8or sedaties, al-ays bring up the issue of your snoring if you -ant your doctor to prescribe you the correct medication for your sleep disorder. oth alcohol and sedaties can cause the ecessie relaation of your muscles that in turn leads to snoring. *ame as your allergies, if this is causes your congestion, tell the doctor about it so he -ill not prescribe you -ith an antihistamine medicine. *noring, -hateer its causes, need to be treated early on. ;t is best if you can address the problems -ith your allergy first or your childDs before treating the snoring problem.
Snoring .reatment, s+rgi$al ro$ed+res
Surgical *rocedure to 'ure Snoring ;f your physician recommends that you undergo a operation to treat your snoring, then this only means one thing! your snoring already gets out of hand and simple self help cures cannot -ork anymore. *urgery is considered to be a last resort to any types of diseases -hen all else did not -ork out. 9ne hesitancy of doctors to-ards surgery is its inasieness. ;t re/uires alteration and changes in your bodily make up to help you get better but not -ithout risks of complications and side effects. efore undergoing a surgery especially the palatal surgery, you hae to be sure that your specialist address all your snoring concerns including the causes of your
snoring. ;f your snoring originates from the base of the tongue then a palatal surgery -ill definitely not ans-er your problem because it does not address the right problem. asal abnormalities too should be treated first before you can undergo any surgery. fter responding to all that are needed to be done and still hae to undergo the surgical process, here are the four ma:or but basic procedures you may can use depending on your physicians adice! 1. @ulopalatopharyngoplasty (@+++) E in this process, your uula (the tissue that hangs at the back of your mouth), pharyn and soft palate is remoed in the operation to clear your air passage-ays. Four tonsils and adenoids are remoed also. his is only recommended to select patients -ith seere cases. e -arned that the postoperatie pain is ery high. 2. Caserassisted uulopalatoplasty (C@+) E is a process that re/uires series of treatments before the desired effects can be achieed. @sing laser, the uula and etra edge of the soft palate is aporiBed. ;t more practical and safer option than @+++ but the pain after the operation is e/ually high as the @+++ that makes it difficult for the patients to comply. *ince C@+ only deliers the desired effects after seeral sessions, patients may not follo- and go again to the sessions left because of the pain. 6en after the treatments, only 550 -ere recorded to be happy -ith the results. 3. 6lectrical autery or +*9 E the process inoles the burning of the palate that causes the stiffening of the soft palate and fibrosis. ;t is also used to get rid of the strip of mucosa along the uula. he operation is minor and ery /uick that the patient can go after-ards. ;t is less inasie than the first t-o procedures but same pain, as the first t-o surgeries, can be felt. +*9 can also be repeated until the desired effects are eident. 4. *omnoplasty or radio fre/uency ablation E it is the use of the radio -aes to destroy the small parts of tissues of the soft palate. his procedure inoles heating the tissue that results to a scarred tissue beneath the skin. ;t only takes 2& minutes to do the procedure and the patient can go home after-ards. here are fe-er complications compared to other surgeries and definitely less inasie. reatment comes in sessions to reach the desired result. ut in a report, only 330 or # out of 11 patients manifested success and the obese cannot undergo the operation because it does not -ork for him. *noring, like any other simple disorders, can be resoled if you addressed the issue in its early stages. Why -ould you -ant to go for the last resort for the solution to your snoring problemsA ct no-.
Snoring .reatment, eating and sleeing habit modifi$ation
Beha+ior Modification for Snoring +lease let us get some sleep. We loe you, oh people in our lies -ho snore, but -e :ust canMt get any rest in the same room -ith you. 9kay, that little appeal made and out of the -ay, letMs get do-n to the main topic. ehaioral modification to stop snoring. here are a ton of solutions to stop snoring, the most uncomfortable being tracheosectomy. his is a surgical procedure -here a surgeon cuts open a temporary breathing passage in someoneMs air pipes so they donMt snore. emporary in the sense that eentually the parts of a personMs throat and nose that cause snoring -ill become unclogged and allo- for /uiet breathing, at -hich point the doctor -ill patch the hole up. 9uch. While effectie, tracheosectomy is definitely not ery popular. *mall -onder there. hankfully ho-eer, it -as replaced by a method called ++, or ontinuous +ositie ir-ay +ressure. his form of therapy inoles the snorer using a mask -ith inserts to keep the airflo- in the nasal passages open and unobstructed.
6entually, the mask becomes no longer necessary -hen the nasal passages physically ad:ust oer time to the siBe set by the mask inserts. While not as unpleasant as haing holes cut open in you, putting on a mask and haing things attached to the mask stuffed up your nose is still not a ery pleasant -ay to spend a night, is itA Which leads to modern behaioral modification methods. ltering your sleeping and eating habits can, by itself, actually be enough to get rid of snoring in all but the -orst cases -here a personMs snoring is caused by a medical condition, like haing sinusitis for eample. Nust making a fe- changes in your daily habit can get rid of snoring -ithout haing to resort to funky shaped pillo-s, goggletype anti snoring masks, a-ful tasting pills, funny smelling oils, or sharp, pointy scalpels. 7etting enough eercise, drinking plenty of -ater, and losing -eight cuts back on the chances of snoring drastically. *tudies hae sho-n that a large percentage of people -ho snore are oer-eight, donMt get enough eercise, and eat mostly :unk food and beer. Fes hubby dear, ;Mm talking to you. Fou donMt need to go to a gym to become an ultra fit paragon of muscularity. 7etting in shape by een the simple epedient of :ogging is enough to help -ith snoring, because cardioascular eercises help the body keep itMs air flo- more efficient, -hich etends to ho- you breathe -hen you sleep. *moking has also been kno-n to cause a build up of phlegm in the throat, -hich of course naturally contributes to the funny noises made -hen you snore. he snoring is bad enough, but -hen you thro- in the semihacking sound made by a smokerMs rasp -ith it, it can be a pain to hear. gain, getting rid of your cigarettes -ill also help you breath easier, keeping your lungs clean and your air passages unobstructed so that you -onMt -ind up opening your mouth -hen you sleep and snoring enough to shatter your neighborMs -indo-panes. Castly, getting enough sleep and sleeping on time are both ma:or contributors to helping -ith snoring. *taying up late at odd hours leads to ehaustion -hen you finally do manage to get into bed, and tired people snore because their bodies need more oygen. umans may be one of the most adaptable species on the planet, but -eMre not nocturnal. 7etting to bed before midnight and getting at least ", preferably a full $ hours of sleep -ill also help to kick snoring out. 8ollo-ing these simple steps -ill help almost anyone -ho snores get rid of i t. ;tMs a good idea to follo- them, too, before your loed ones break out the scalpels or pick up a mallet in the middle of the night...
Sto# Snoring Without Surgery 9kay, as far as light sleepers like me are concerned, one of the little categoriBations -e make in the -orld is bet-een snorers and /uiet sleepers. ot to disparage snorers, itMs not their fault they snore, but trying to get any amount of decent sleep -hen your bed partner buBBes like a -orld -ar 2 machine gun is net to impossible. *urgery is a drastic solution to this, but an effectie one. o-eer, recent medical studies hae analyBed the causes of snoring, and hae found effectie -ays to cure someone of chronic snoring -ithout haing to resort to surgery. 9ne of the most effectie of these methods is ++, or ontinuous +ositie ir +ressure. *noring is caused by blockages in the nose and throat that make a person breath through their mouth, and thus the snoring sound is produced by reerberations of air in the back of the nose and throat. ++ treatment uses a mask called a asal ++ to proide a continuous flo- of air through the nasal passage to remoe snoring. he mask itself does not force air into or out of the lungsK all it does is keep the air passages free and unobstructed -ith special inserts made of soft materials that -onMt feel uncomfotable so the snorer doesnMt hae to -orry about haing trouble sleeping because of the mask. ightening in the aforementioned air passages are -hat cause the noise made -hen people snore, so keeping the passages
unclogged is the key to ho- the asal ++ -orks. he asal ++ is not meant to be kept on foreer, ho-eer. ;t -ill eentually allo- the body to ad:ust itMs air passages to function normally. herapists hae to be consulted if ++ is appropriate for a snorer. ;f found applicable, the mask -ill hae to be -orn eery night until eentually the air passages ad:ust physically enough to allo- for normal breathing during sleep. herapists also recommend other changes to lifestyle during this period of therapy, including getting more eercise, losing -eight, and stopping smoking. ;n the eent that the patient doesnMt comply -ith these additional measures, the treatment takes longer and the mask stays on longer as -ell. 9f course, keeping the mask on eery night for the rest of your life is also an option for those -ho remain recalcitrant regarding the lifestyle changes. efore the deelopment of ++, the surgical procedure taken to preent snoring -as tracheosectomy, -hich inoled cutting a temporary alternate air passage in a personMs -indpipe to allo- breathing -ithout needing to run air through the parts of the air passage -hich causes snoring. hankfully, studies hae sho-n that ++ is eery bit as effectie as this old procedure, so snorers nedd not -orry that their family and friends -ill send them to the doctor to go under the knife. ++ has been proen effectie in eery case studied, and there are no kno-n side effects to the use of a ++ mask -hile undergoing treatment. he body ad:usts naturally to the maskMs changes to the air passages, allo-ing normal air flo- once the treatment period is successful. dditionally, the life style changes recommended -hile undergoing ++ treatment are beneficial on a cardio ascular leel, so going through ++ not only remoes snoring, it makes the patients healthier as -ell.
Sweat or the Scal#el( Snoring Solutions to 'hoose ,ro" 9kay, nobody likes being in the same room -ith a snorer -hen theyMre trying to get a decent nightMs sleep. ;t can be pretty unpleasant to be right on the edge of slumber land -hen you suddenly get :arred a-ake -ith a snore loud enough to set your ery bones and teeth ibrating. here are lots of solutions to snoring, and some of them are as funny as the proerbial hiccup cure. +ills to cure snoring, herbal therapy, strange looking masks and pillo-s, een chin straps and mouth plugs. While seemingly comical, these deices sho- that people consider snoring serious enough to try and come up -ith solutions to it, no matter ho- seemingly absurd, in the /uest to try and get a decent nightMs sleep. While some of these solutions hae proen effectie for some people, they are by no means foolproof. he only t-o real solutions to snoring that hae proen 1&& percent effectie are at etreme ends of the scale in terms of approach. 9ne is a lifestyle change that re/uires perseerance on the part of the snorer, and the other an eternal solution, namely correctie surgery. he lifestyle change inoles the standard demographic of snorers. *ureys hae sho-n that a lot of snorers tend to be oer-eight, athletically deficient, and smokers. here are seeral factors brought about by these points -hich cause snoring. 8or one thing, oer-eight people usually hae cardioascular problems. ?uring sleep, the bodyMs breathing pattern changes, becoming more irregular in rhythm
and deeper, -ith inhalations taken into the diaphragm instead of :ust the chest. his increased oygen intake takes its toll on an oer-eight personMs respiratory system, and the nasal and throat air passages tend to seiBe up as a result to try and stem the sudden flo- of oygen. his constriction leads to a reerberation in the tightened passages and forms snoring. 7oing on a diet is one of the solutions to this problem. s far as eercise is concerned, cardio ascular eercises like calisthenics and :ogging are the ones that can most readily deal -ith snoring, since the body -ill like-ise become used to dealing -ith large /uantities of oygen at a time. 9n another note, cigarettes hae a t-ofold effect that causes snoring. s most people hae heard, smoking -eakens a personMs lungs, thus leading to snoring through a -eakening of the cardioascular system similar to that eperienced by people -ho are oer-eight and unfit. dditionally ho-eer, smoking also causes phlegm buildups in a personMs air passages. his phlegm usually clogs peopleMs nasal passages -hen they sleep, forcing their mouths open and also rattles -hen breathing, -hich causes itMs o-n form of snoring. Ouitting smoking is the solution to this type of snoring. *urgery is the other option to be taken for snorers -ho are either un-illing or unable to eercise, lose -eight, and /uit smoking. hough a process called tracheosectomy, a small hole is cut in the air passages of the snorer to facilitate breathing -ithout the air haing to pass through the nasal and throat areas -hich ibrate to cause the noise of snoring. his is not a permanent thing, ho-eer. he hole made through tracheosectomy is meant to be a form of therapy, -here the body is allo-ed to ad:ust oer a period of time to the air intake re/uired by the body during sleep. 9er time, the nasal and throat portions -hich seiBe up during sleep and cause snoring -ill ad:ust as the body does, and -ill no longer choke off refleiely. t this point, the doctor can patch the hole up and the patient can go back to sleeping normally -ithout haing to -orry about snoring.
Stuff to el# You Snoo-e .uietly *noring doesnMt really bother anyone. t least, it doesnMt bother the snorers. ut speaking from personal eperience as a ery light sleeper and sometime insomniac, ; can honestly say it irritates the liing (insert epletie of choice here) out of me -hen my girlfriend, relaties, or friends snore. rying to get a little bit of decent sleep and suddenly being :arred a-ake right before you drift off by a snore that is more akin to a chainsa- being run through the side of a steel drum is a decidedly unpleasant eperience. aing attempted to smother seeral friends to death -ith pillo-s and broken up -ith a girl oer her snoring (yes girls, some of you ?9 snoreI) may seem a bit funny to some, but it actually reflects on ho- chronic snoring can totally ruin an other-ise blissful and beautiful relationship. hankfully, there '6 a fe- gimmicks out there that actually -ork -hen it comes to suppressing snoring. 8or those of you -ho kno- -here ;Mm coming from, here are a fe- handy gadgets and medicines that youMll probably -ant to gie to your friends, partner, or family members to help keep you from doing drastic things in the middle of the night... nti *noring +illo-s 9 these donDt -ork. linical tests sho-ed that claims made by manufacturers that these -ork are false. ; :ust thought ;Md get that out of the -ay first so you donMt -ind up buying a fancy pillo- that doesnMt -ork at all, and end up strangling someone -ith it instead. asal *trips and ?ilators F6* these -ork, about #50 of the time. ;t helps ease breathing through a personMs nose instead of his<her mouth. lot of snorers breathe through the mouth (thus snoring) -hen they sleep because their nasal passages are too congested to handle the kind of deep, een breathing that comes
-ith sleep. he other 250 :ust plain habitually hae their mouths drop open -hen they snooBe. his -onMt help them. ;nhalers and hroat *prays for the other 250, throat sprays decongests their throats and rela the muscles in it so it doesnMt reerberate -hen they breath through it. While they -ill still breathe though their mouths, it -onMt come out a snore. >ore a gentle -hooshing sound. ot so bad, but it doesnMt -ork on eeryone and this may re/uire them to see a doctor to make sure theyMre not allergic to any of itMs ingredients. ablets this is a 5&5& in terms of effectieness. *ome people claim it -orks and others donMt. ?epends on the brand, and een then some brands :ust absolutely -onMt -ork for one person -hile it -ill act like a charm for another. o-eer, since some of these tablets ?9 -ork, itMs an option to look into if you plan on getting a good nightMs sleep. erbal romatherapy amaBingly enough, these -ork great. learing nasal passages and helping a personMs respiratory system function more effectiely, these natural herbal solutions also rela a person enough that they -onMt snore and -ill sleep soundly at the same time. he only dra-back is that the proen ones are more epensie than the other types of solutions gien aboe. *till, itMs -orth the cost unless you like sleeping on the couch a lot. *hotguns :ust kidding... sort of...
%/ui##ing Oneself With el#ful nfor"ation on Snoring
*noring may not really be a ne- term for anyone. ;t is such a common condition that as soon as one hears the sound of it, one does not -orry anymore and simply label it as such. o-eer, looking closely at the condition, it is not as simple as it seems. hus, it is important that one is e/uipped -ith some helpful information that -ill eentually lead to becoming free of it.
*noring is a condition that occurs during sleep and is accompanied by unusual sounds -hich may range from a toned do-n sound to a really disturbing noise. lockages in the air passage-ay normally cause this phenomenon.
o one is eempted from the possibility of snoring. nyone can be at risk. What makes this condition een more difficult is the fact that it is hard to detect since the snorer is often not conscious of it.
*ome people, ho-eer, are more prone to eperiencing this condition. *ince the causes mostly hae to do -ith structures like mouth, throat, palate, and uula, people -ho hae been born -ith deformities in any of these are more likely to be snoring at night. 8or eample, those -ho hae longer palates and uula -ill suffer from stronger fluctuations at the backside of the mouth during sleep since these t-o structures bump into each other.
9n the other hand, certain structural problems may be caused by potentially controllable factors. 9besity falls under this category. 9bese people hae bulkier throat muscles that narro- do-n the air passage-ay. 8or this particular type,
losing -eight or monitoring oneDs diet is the best remedy. *tudies sho- that snoring among children is oftentimes due to being oer-eight. hus, parents are adised to deelop positie eating habits in children early on.
>oreoer, the /uality of the throat muscles may hae an effect on snoring. >uscles that rela easily tend to collapse during sleep -hich, again, becomes a breathing impediment leading to snoring. >edications that are too relaing like those -hich help one sleep -ell and alcohol must then be taken in moderation.
here are still many other possible causes -hich must be obsered and controlled the soonest possible time. ertain genetic considerations are also being pointed out but accurate information on this is not yet aailable. here are seeral options aailable -hen it comes to treatment but it normally depends on -hat the causes are. ;f it is generally structural in nature, surgery is often adised.
9n the other hand, for those -ho are not -illing to undergo surgery, there are certain remedies in the market -hich promise to bring in similar results if gien enough effort. 9ne is called ontinuous +ositie ir-ay +ressure -hich brings in compressed air -ith the aid of a mask and machine to keep the air passage-ay open. ;t can be /uite uncomfortable since the mask has to be -orn eery night but it has been proen to be effectie. 9ther ariations are in the form of nasal strips and humidifiers -hich are e/ually beneficial.
hanges in lifestyle and habits are also ery helpful since some of the causes are :ust ac/uired. ontrolling oneDs diet or alcohol intake is one. lso, deeloping regular sleeping habits hae been obsered to be ery faorable.
lthough snoring in itself is not lifethreatening, it must be gien attention as it may lead to other disorders like sleep apnea. he help of an epert must be sought as soon as there are obserable symptoms.