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Are you sick of snoring- find the secret

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Persons most at risk are males and those who are overweight but snoring is a problem of both genders although it is possible that women do not suffer from this complaint as frequently as men. Snoring becomes more serious as people age. It can cause disruptions to your own sleep and your bed partner’s sleep.

Just about everyone snores occasionally but frequent snoring can affect the quantity and quality of your sleep and that of your partner, family members or room mates. Snoring can lead to poor sleep and daytime fatigue, irritability and increased health problems.

Signs and symptoms

Snoring is often considered a minor affliction but snorers can sometimes suffer severe impairment of lifestyle. Snoring is known to cause sleep deprivation to snorers and those around them as well as daytime drowsiness, irritability, lack of focus and decreased libido (sexual desire). It has also been suggested that it can cause significant psychological and social damage to sufferers.

Snoring could indicate sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition that requires medical attention, since it is a breathing obstruction causing to keep waking up to begin breathing again. Normal snoring doesn’t interfere with the quality of one’s sleep as much as sleep apnea, so if you are suffering from extreme fatigue and sleepiness during the day, your problem may be more than just snoring.

Multiple studies reveal a positive correlation between loud snoring and risk of heart attack and stroke. New studies associate loud snoring with the development of carotid artery atherosclerosis. Snoring vibrations are transmitted to the carotid artery (the artery which supplies blood to the brain) identifying a possible mechanism for snoring-associated carotid artery damage and atherosclerotic plaque development vibration of the carotid artery. Snoring also lends itself as a potential mechanism for atherosclerotic plaque rupture and consequently ischemic stroke.

Identify the cause to find the cure

People snore for different reasons. When you get to the bottom of why you snore you can find the right solutions to a quieter and deeper sleep. Enlist your non-snoring sleep partner to help you keep a sleep diary to monitor your snoring. Observing patterns in your snoring can often help pinpoint the reasons why you snore, what makes it worse and how to go about stopping it. Enlisting your sleep partner to help in this way can also help demonstrate how serious you are about tackling your snoring problem and the value you place on your relationship.


Generally speaking, snoring is the result of the relaxation of the uvula and soft palate. These tissues can relax enough to partially block the airway, resulting in irregular airflow and vibrations. Snoring can be attributed to various reasons. Obesity that has caused fat to gather in and around the throat. Fatty tissue and poor muscle tone contribute to Snoring. Even if you are not overweight in general, carrying excess weight just around your neck or throat can cause snoring.

Ageing process leads to the relaxation of the throat muscles thus resulting in snoring. As the person reaches middle age and beyond, the throat becomes narrower and the muscle tone in the throat decreases, while a person can’t do anything about growing older, lifestyle changes, new bedtime routines and throat exercise can all help to prevent snoring.

Men have narrower air passages than women and are more likely to snore. A narrow throat, a cleft palette, enlarged adenoids and other physical attributes that contribute to snoring are often hereditary. Anatomical abnormalities of the nose and throat such as enlarged tonsils, nasal polyps or deviated nasal septum cause exaggerated narrowing of the throat during sleep and thus lead to snoring. Functional abnormalities such as inflammation of the nose and throat as may occur during respiratory infection or during allergy season will result in snoring.

Sleeping on one’s back which may result in the tongue dropping to the back of the mouth may lead to snoring in some people. Alcohol intake, smoking and certain medications such as tranquilisers can increase muscle relaxation leading to more snoring. Mispositioned jaw often caused by tension in muscles is also a cause of snoring. Sometimes the walls of the throat collapse completely so that it is completely occluded, creating a condition called apnea (cessation of breathing). This is a serious condition which requires medical attention.

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Lifestyle changes to stop snoring

Lose weight if you are overweight. Dropping even a few kilos can reduce fatty tissue in the back of the throat and decrease or even stop snoring. Stop smoking (smoking weakens and clogs the throat), avoid alcohol and sedative medications before bedtime (they relax the throat and tongue muscles, which in turn narrow the airways). Exercise can also help to stop snoring. As well as aiding weight- loss, exercising your arms, legs and abs also leads to toning the muscles in the throat, which in turn can lead to less snoring. Sleep on the side to prevent the tongue from blocking the throat.

A sleep position, such as sleeping on your back, may lead to snoring in some people. Clear nasal passages if you have a stuffy nose, rinse sinuses with saline water before bed. If you have allergies, reduce dust mites in your bedroom or use an allergy medication. Keep the bedroom air moist, dry air can irritate membranes in the nose and throat, so if swollen nasal tissues are the problem, a humidifier may help.


A number of treatment options are used to stop snoring. Orthopaedic pillows are the least intrusive option for reducing snoring. These pillows are designed to support the head and neck in a way that ensures the jaw stays open and slightly forward. This helps keep the airways as unrestricted as possible and in turn leads to a small reduction in snoring.

Appliances are mainly oral appliances constructed by a dentist experienced in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. It provides continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to keep your airway open during sleep using, a machine at your bedside that blows pressurised air into a mask that you wear over your nose or face. It is a relatively safe medical treatment. The air pressure required to keep the airway open is delivered through this and it is attached to a CPAP machine which is like an air compressor.

Surgery is also available as a method of correcting snoring. Some procedures such as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, attempt to widen the airway by removing tissue at the back of the throat including the uvula and pharynx. These surgeries are quite invasive, however, and there are risks of adverse side-effects. Radiofrequency ablation is a relatively new surgical treatment for snoring.

Snoring, social impact and relationship

Snoring can put a strain on your relationship. If you are the one lying awake at night as your partner or roommate snores away, its easy to start feeling resentful. If you are the snorer you may feel helpless and guilty and relationship tension can grow. While sleeping in separate rooms may be a solution for some couples, it can take a toll on emotional and physical intimacy.

When a non-snorer feels he or she has done everything possible to sleep through the night but the snorer does nothing to combat the snoring, it can lead to resentment. If you are the only snorer and sleep in a separate room, you might feel lonely, isolated and unfairly punished. Disrupted sleep is not just a problem for the non-snorer. Snoring is caused by disordered breathing which means the snorer’s sleep quality also suffers. Poor sleep takes a toll on mood, thinking skills, judgement and the ability to manage stress and conflict.

Adjustment with your partner

Snorers should try to make a healthy adjustment with his or her non-snoring partner by avoiding middle of the night or early morning discussions when you are feeling exhausted. Non-snorers also should keep in mind it’s not intentional and remember that the partner is not keeping them awake on purpose. Try your best to approach the problem in a non-confrontational way. Try not to take your partner’s frustration as a personal critique or attack. Your partner loves you, just not the snoring.

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