How to Stop Snoring
Snoring can be the bane of your relationship and your life, but it could be much more than that! Occasional snoring can be harmless and nothing to worry about. But more than often snoring can be an indication of serious underlying issues. How to stop snoring is a big issue for many, and the sooner you identify the root cause, the more effective the treatment will be.
What is Snoring
Snoring occurs when the air in your nose cannot freely move through your nose and throat during sleep, making the surrounding tissues vibrate, which produces the familiar snoring sound.
People who snore usually have too much throat and nasal tissue or “floppy” tissue that is likely to vibrate. The position of your tongue can also get in the way of smooth breathing.
There can be various reasons that cause snoring. Factors like increased age, obesity, enlarged adenoids, sinus problems, alcohol, smoking, medications, and sleeping posture may be responsible for normal snoring.
Snoring while keeping your mouth closed could be due to the shape, size, position of your tongue. While snoring with your mouth open could be indicative of a problem with your throat. Generally, improved sleep habits and lifestyle changes can easily cure normal snoring, especially for those who snore while sleeping on their back.
Could it be more serious?
However, snoring may point to a serious issue especially for those who snore in all sleeping positions. Snoring may be a red flag indicating sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep disorder where your breathing is briefly interrupted many times each night.
Loud frequent snoring with pauses in breathing or shallow breathing, is a characteristic sign which your partner could help identify.
Snoring should not be dismissed as being a normal thing; at the same time, it is important to understand the difference between normal snoring and snoring caused by sleep apnea. It is important to note that not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but it is a key symptom.
And, Why is it so serious?
Because persons suffering from sleep apnea may stop breathing as much as 30 times or more an hour in a night for 10 seconds or more. This results in poor sleep quality, the body is deprived of oxygen, and unable to eliminate carbon dioxide. This, in turn, can lead to excessive sleepiness
during day time, headaches, and various other health problems like increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, arrhythmias, etc.
If you are a frequent loud snorer, with interrupted breathing or gasping and choking during sleep, excessive restlessness at night, and sleepiness during the day, you must bring it up with your doctor. Your primary health care physician may refer you to a sleep specialist for further
Seeking help on How to Stop Snoring
You may see your physician, an ENT doctor, a dentist, or a sleep specialist, to discuss your snoring problems. Even if you have a doubt about you or your partner’s snoring patterns, it is always good to consult an expert and be sure.
The good news is, thankfully, sleeping in separate bedrooms isn’t the only remedy for snoring as there are numerous effective solutions to help you and your partner sleep better at night.
Dr Hafsa Alidrissi is an expert on how to stop snoring. She has worked for many years in this field and has developed a set of solutions for every type of patient.
Please contact her now to book a consultation.
More information about snoring can be found below:
Dr Hafsa Alidrissi – Snoring
Mayo Clinic – Snoring
Wikipedia – Snoring