How to Stop Snoring: Causes and Treatment
Is your sleep being disrupted by the loud snoring of your partner? Unfortunately, this can become a cause of conflict in many households. What often seems like a minor inconvenience could be linked to a more serious underlying health problem. If snoring becomes unsettling, it would be best to get treatment for it to make life simple for yourself and those around you.
What is Snoring?
Snoring is characterized by noisy breathing while sleeping. This occurs when turbulent air passes through the airways, causing the uvula and soft palate to vibrate.
Causes of Snoring
In order to treat snoring, it is important to identify the reason behind this sleep condition.
This could lead to the relaxation of throat muscles, causing snoring.
Sleeping on the back aggravates snoring as it narrows the airways.
Alcohol and Drug Use
Frequent consumption of alcohol and drugs can relax the tongue and throat muscles and hamper the natural defense against obstruction of the airway.
Blocked Nasal Passage
Nasal congestion aggravated in allergy season deviated septum (the crooked partition between the nostrils), and nasal polyps can worsen snoring.
Anatomy of the Mouth
A thick, soft palate and a long uvula can narrow the airway. When you breathe, they vibrate and collide with each other, blocking the airways.
Obesity can cause bulky throat tissue that contributes to snoring.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This occurs when the throat muscles relax intermittently, blocking the airway during sleep. The most common sign of OSA is snoring.
Should Snoring be Treated?
Snoring that continues over an extended period warrants a visit to a sleep clinic. This is not just due to the discomfort it causes to people sleeping next to you but because snoring related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea makes you more susceptible to a host of complications.
- Sleep deprivation
- Increased moodiness
- Lack of concentration
- Increased susceptibility to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke
- Increased behavioral problems among children with OSA
While the problem seems relatively minute, there is simple treatment available for snoring that would make your consternation easier. Based on the diagnosis, your doctor may recommend one of the following treatments.
Your doctor may advise you exercise and lose weight, a condition that exacerbates snoring. They might also recommend you reduce your alcohol consumption, especially immediately before you go to bed. These simple changes will improve your overall health as well as prevent snoring.
Your doctor might prescribe you wear an oral tool to prevent snoring. This plastic device is made to be worn in your mouth while sleeping. It will help open up your airway.
In some circumstances, your doctor might recommend a surgery to eradicate the root cause. This process will shrink the tissues in your throat or stiffen your soft palate.
A CPAP machine uses the positive airway pressure to keep the airway open while you sleep, hampering breathing hindrances that will ultimately help prevent snoring. A visit to a sleep clinic will help reduce or eliminate snoring altogether, making life (and sleep) much calmer for you and your loved ones. You deserve a sound night’s sleep. Don’t hold back!