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There are proven ways to effectively tackle this issue these days. In a nutshell, the most important thing is to realize that the cause of snoring is not the same for all individuals. The first step to finding a remedy is to identify the cause.

My dear guests can infer some solutions as apparent from the discussion on the causes of snoring. Avoiding alcohol and sleep medications can help alleviate the problem. In addition, losing weight and exercising may benefit individuals whose snoring is related to being overweight. Side-sleeping is advisable for individuals who snore. Over-the-counter products are available that help control snoring. Ultimately, one needs to seek medical advice to put an end to this annoying and serious problem.

As a final remark, I want my guests to deliberate on the serious health implications of snoring. If you once believed that snoring is a trivial matter, please think again. The growing body of medical evidence highlights the risks associated with snoring. In the end, the steps you take today to address this problem may be a life-saver tomorrow. Do not ignore habitual loud snoring; talk to a doctor to understand the cause and seek an aid. I am happy that I did!

You and your loved ones should put a stop to snoring and get the good night’s sleep that you deserve.

Self-help vs. Medical Intervention

I was a habitual snorer. I don’t recall the exact age I developed this annoying habit. But over the years, my snoring got from bad to worse. My wife’s frequent complaints kept me well aware of the situation. In fact, I would at times awake up by the loud sound of my own snoring! I realized that both my wife and I were losing out on quality sleep.

I could trace back many of the problems we were facing in daily life to our sleep-deprived state. Frequent outbursts of anger, lack of focus during the day, fatigue and exhaustion were some of the outcomes.

I am sure many of you can relate with my story. I have written this article to share with readers my journey to finding the perfect solution to snoring. Please be advised that your unique circumstances and needs may be different from mine. Therefore, consultation with a physician is recommended.

Doctor’s consultation

Doctor’s consultationThe first step in my journey to end snoring was consultation with my family doctor. To diagnose the exact reason for my snoring, the doctor asked my wife and me a list of questions. A physical examination of my oral and nasal cavities was also performed to check for any tissue structure problem, such as deviated septum. The doctor determined that given my medical history and family background, a home sleep test would be unnecessary. My snoring could be categorized as “primary snoring,” also called “simple snoring.”

I was advised to include some lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, weight control, avoiding alcohol, etc. He also suggested side-sleeping and head elevation during sleep. However, given my busy professional schedule, I did not see how I could bring about significant lifestyle changes in a short time. Moreover, I had already tried different sleeping positions, but to no avail.

Finally, the doctor recommended that I explore different over-the-counter anti-snoring products that might give immediate and lasting benefits. The doctor’s main suggestion was to try anti-snoring mouthpieces, because of their comfort of use and proven effectiveness.

It’s the middle of the night, you’re bone-tired, but sleep is out of question – your partner’s loud snoring is keeping you awake…

Is this a typical situation, you can easily relate to? Or, maybe you are someone who keeps waking up at night from the sound of your own snoring and associated breathing troubles?Let’s face it, snoring is a common problem faced by many. My journey to understanding the nature of snoring began with my own problems in this area.

Yes, you guessed it – I snore!..

I was made aware of how serious my problem was, by my wife’s complaints. My dear loving wife, who is a very hard-working woman, could not take it anymore. My loud snoring kept her from enjoying quality sleep, night after night. One day as she was dragging herself through the morning chores to head out for work, I clearly saw that my snoring was taking a toll on her. In fact, I was apprehensive about her commute to work, and the long miles she would be driving. That morning, I decided to take charge of my snoring!

Over the next months, I read up on the topic, discussed with my doctor and spent hours and hours seeking the right solution for my problem. My investigations on this topic opened my eyes to the seriousness of the snoring. Never before in my life, had I imagined that there was so much more to the seemingly common habit of snoring…

Today, I write this article to share the knowledge I gained and help others who snore. Readers will be surprised to know that the existing medical evidence underscores the gravity of snoring.

What is a snoring nature in pictures

 

Snoring is an unpleasant noise issue that keeps people from enjoying a good night’s sleep. However, there are times when the causes and risks of snoring are serious health concerns that need to be addressed immediately. Read on to understand the causes of snoring, health problems commonly associated with snoring and remedial measures one can take.

Causes

Snoring occurs during sleep when the air passages are obstructed. The restricted air flow while breathing causes the tissues in the back of the mouth and throat to vibrate. This vibration produces the snoring sound. Two structures in the mouth that are commonly associated with snoring are the soft palate and uvula. The soft palate is the roof of the mouth towards the throat, and the uvula is the cone-shaped tissue that hangs from the roof of the mouth.

Factors that affect the structures of the mouth and throat can lead to snoring. Below is outlined the common causes of snoring:

Overweight or obese individuals with excess fat around the neck region.
Swollen tonsils and adenoids resulting from health problems, such as infection, inflammation, etc.
Blockage of nasal airways from allergies, cold, nasal polyps, deformed septum, etc.
Impaired muscle tone in mouth and throat regions.
Swelling in mouth tissues or tongue.
Swollen tissues due to pregnancy.
Misaligned jaw or facial bones.
Alcohol intake.
Certain medications, such as sleeping medicine, antihistamines.
Genetic factors.
Gender: air passages are narrower in men as compared with women; therefore, men are more likely to snore.
Age: the throat becomes narrower and muscle tone decreases with age.

Ultimately, the partial blockage of air passages leads to interrupted air flow during breathing, and therefore causes snoring. Depending on how severe the blockage of air passages is, snoring may indicate the need for medical intervention.

Associated health risks of snoring

Snoring disrupts the quality of sleep. It affects the person who snores and those around them. Sleep is a time when the body repairs and rejuvenates itself. During deep restful sleep, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, which calms stress responses and promotes homeostasis. In the absence of a good night’s rest, an individual suffers from daytime sleepiness, fatigue, inability to focus, high blood pressure, decreased libido and increased irritability. A sleep-deprived individual driving a motor vehicle is more prone to accidents as compared with well-rested drivers.

Sleep Apnea Consequences

Moreover, prolonged sleep deprivation is associated with impaired immunity, obesity and reduced cognitive abilities. Snoring can be a warning sign of associated sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a very serious health condition, wherein an individual intermittently stops breathing, for lapses of at least 10 seconds, during sleep. These episodes can occur several times in an hour. Snoring may be the first sign of sleep apnea, and therefore should be investigated further. Sleep apnea causes stress on the cardiovascular system, especially the heart. When left untreated for long periods of time, sleep apnea can increase the risk for a heart attack. Reduced oxygen availability during sleep from sleep apnea, puts an individual at a higher risk for hypertension, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, obesity, dementia, depression, gastric problems, insomnia, nocturnal asthma and impotence…

It is important to realize that all snoring is not indicative of sleep apnea. However, although snoring may not be as serious a health condition as sleep apnea, snoring must not be taken lightly.In fact, a recent study by Dr. Deeb and his colleagues at the Henry Ford Hospital, clearly indicate an association between snoring (without obstructive sleep apnea) and cardiovascular disease. The authors found that individuals who snore have thickened carotid arteries—an indication of arterial damage. The authors suggested that the vibrations of snoring could have led to artery damage in these individuals. According to these authors, public awareness of the implications of snoring is essential. Just as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and family history are well-known risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, snoring is another contributing factor. Therefore, individuals who snore habitually should seek medical advice immediately to take charge of their cardiovascular health.

Snoring is not a problem confined to the adult population. In fact, children with certain conditions, such as asthma, allergies, etc. are known to snore chronically. It is highly advisable to get children who snore tested for sleep apnea. Available medical evidence has linked childhood sleep apnea to various growth problems, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), poor academic performance and high blood pressure.