March 17, 2022 by PrimeClean
Snoring is a condition that you can live with, but it’s also a condition that is fully (often easily) treatable. And although it is definitely a nuance, in some cases it can be more than just that, it can be a serious health condition that should be treated. We have listed 6 ways to help you stop snoring…this text is for you, but also your bed partner…
According to National Sleep Foundation, snoring is estimated to affect 57% of men and 40% of women in the United States and it even occurs in up to 27% of children.
Not to be confused with sleep apnea, mild and occasional snoring, although being an unpleasant activity and nuisance for the bed partner or even the ones in the room with the person that's snoring, usually is not dangerous or unhealthy in any way. Snoring is the action that happens while a person is asleep. The sound of snoring is created when parts of the throat partially block the airways and the airflow is causing throat muscles and tissue to vibrate causing the snoring sound.
Although snoring is generally not an indication for some serious health condition, sometimes it may indicate it, and in such cases, it needs to be dealt with (in some severe cases, such as sleep apnea, snoring must be dealt with using medical assistance).
Snoring can be caused by acute, temporary conditions, or long-term conditions.
Temporary Conditions (common cold symptoms, nasal congestion, allergies, sinus infections, swollen tonsils, acute nose or throat injuries, pregnancy (nasal congestion is common during pregnancy)) as the name implies do not last long, more precisely they last only as long as the conditions that caused them. Under these conditions we can also consider some lifestyle habits and choices like sleeping position, drinking alcohol, or using sedatives. Alcohol (or any sedatives/drugs that cause muscles to relax) relax the throat muscles which collapse by gravity and cause airway obstruction, which further creates the snoring action (by the mechanisms as explained above).
Long-term conditions that are causing snoring are the ones requiring more attention and possibly medical intervention. Following conditions are considered as long-term and probably should not be ignored or taken lightly:
Well, it's quite simple, to get rid of snoring you "just" need to fix the cause of it… Of course, in some cases, it's easier said than done. But in some (other) cases, the "fix" is simpler than you might have expected…
Fixing the snoring caused by temporary conditions (as described above) is usually by itself, or a simple change of habit, or some small investment into some breathing aid.
Here are the 3 easy and (relatively) quick ways to stop snoring (today):
Well, this one comes to the snoring cause and effect it has on your health, and empathy (in some cases). In some cases, snoring is just a nuance for you and/or your bed partner. But in some cases, it is a condition that can seriously endanger your health (especially in the case of OSA).
The thing you should do is consult with a physician, ideally a sleeping specialist, and do a sleep study. Let the qualified medical person decide the severity of your snoring condition.
Visit a doctor if you have signs or symptoms of sleep apnea (gasping for air during sleep, frequent urination during the night, excessive daytime sleepiness, wake up with a headache, wake up with the dry mouth or sore throat, if you have decreases in attention, vigilance, concentration, motor skills, and verbal and visuospatial memory), or if someone suggests that your snoring "sounds like" sleep apnea, or if before-mentioned remedies and lifestyle changes do not reduce your snoring.
Snoring is a condition that you can live with, but it’s also a condition that is treatable. Keep that in mind!