Snoring is one of the most annoying habits people have during their sleep. Also known as a ‘noisy breathing during sleep’ it is definitely the most disruptive sound that is annoying for both, the snorer and his or her bed partner. In order to achieve optimal sleeping rest, read all you need to know about snoring and how to silence it.
What causes snoring?
Snoring is mainly cause because during sleep the muscles of the throat relax and narrow, and the tongue falls backward deeper into the mouth. When people inhale during sleep, some vibrations are being created among the loosened muscles of the mouth and the throat. These vibrations produce the annoying snoring sound. Sometimes they can be gentle, but, in other cases they can be so loud like a freight train. In the worst cases, the walls of the throat and surrounding tissue collapse in completely and block the airway, creating that way obstructive sleep apnea, which can be really dangerous and get serious health consequences.
What are the main factors causing snoring?
There are several risk factors causing snoring. The most important ones include sex (males are most lean to snoring than females), the aging process (older people have looser throat muscles which is the main causing of snoring). Respiratory infections or other seasonal allergies are also considered as one of the risks causing snoring. The sleeping position also can lead to snoring too; it is considered that people that are lying on the back are less likely to snore. Alcohol ingested in the evening can also increase the chances of snoring. The fatty tissue around the neck, also known as obesity, is considered to be one of the biggest dangers causing snoring.
When should you seek medical attention?
Maybe not all snoring is cause for seeking a medical attention, but in some cases sleep apnea can cause negative health consequences and you may seek for doctor immediately you see the first symptoms. Daytime impairments in attention, memory and concentration, an increased risk for motor vehicle accidents and a greater threat of cardiovascular disease can be the most important symptoms to identify if snoring is a serious problem for you. If you are not sure if you should be concerned or not for the snoring problem you have, then here is a list of question you need to answer yourself to get a better image for your snoring problem:
- Are you excessively sleepy during the day?
- Do you have morning headaches?
- Are you overweight?
- Do you feel tired no matter how much time you allow yourself to sleep?
- Are there changes in your attention, concentration or memory
- Have you or anyone else noticed breathing interruptions during your sleep?
If your answer is no to these all questions, it is nothing to worry about, but if you answered yes to at least one of them, then maybe it is good idea to visit a doctor and discuss your sleeping problem with him/her. You can also check your spine doctor.
What can you do about snoring?
Snoring is a problem many people face so if you are one of them too, don’t stress. There are so many solutions that can modify or even permanently resolve your snoring problem. First, try to find the causing factors for snoring. If overweight or drinking alcohol is the main reason for snoring, then try any diet to lose some extra weight or avoid drinking alcohol late in the evening. If you have light snoring, your bed partner can try noise machine, ear plugs or fan to avoid hearing the noise. In some cases doctors may perform a surgery on the loose tissue in the nose or throat so that reducing the chance of vibration that is the main causing of loud snoring.