Simply put, it is a noise, often irritating, made by someone during sleep. It’s a very common sleeping disorder with over 40% of the general population snoring. Snoring isn’t really much of a serious concern unless your partner is often kept awake by your constant noise.
On the other hand, snoring can be a sign of a much more serious medical condition. For one, obstructive sleep apnea may be caused by snoring. It makes the snorer stop breathing for a short span of time throughout the night. Sleep apnea results in decreased oxygen in the blood and may lead to headaches and fatigues during the day.
The disorder can be associated with other chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, obesity, high-blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. Other studies have linked snoring to diabetes.
Causes of Snoring
It is caused by the vibrations of the soft palate in the mouth when air passing through becomes squeezed in the airways. Typically, snoring happens when the tissues around the muscles become too relaxed or the tissues around it accumulate and obstruct air flow. Conditions or substances that promotes muscle relaxation have an adverse effect on snoring. These include:
- Sedating medicines such as sleeping pills, antihistamines, and cold medicines.
- Being overweight
- Alcohol intake
- Sleeping on your back or a very large pillow
Deformities and physical abnormalities may also cause snoring by obstructing the airways. Having an excessive long soft palate, uvula, or even a deviated nasal septum may cause snoring in general.
Among children, having enlarged tonsils may cause snoring. Other bronchial disorders such as asthma may also block the airways and cause snoring. Smoking, which irritates the lining of our airways, may likewise cause snoring.
Treatments for Snoring
There are countless devices marketed and advertised today claiming to cure snoring (http://www.snorebore.com). While most are ineffective and prove to just be quackery, most people prefer to self-remedy and just change their lifestyles, which in most case, prove to be effective. These include:
- Avoiding sedatives and antihistamines.
- Avoiding allergies and removing allergens with their vicinity.
- Using a humidifier in a dry surrounding.
- Avoiding alcohol atleast three hours before bed.
- Taking regular exercises and keeping a healthy BMI.
- Sleeping on their side.