Did you know that 45% of all adults snore occasionally? And 25% of adults are considered habitual snorers? Snoring can be anything from a small, occasional annoyance to relationship destroying. Habitual snoring doesn’t only affect the sleep of others in the house, but also of the snorer themselves. How many times have you elbowed a snorer to get him to roll over in the middle of the night? Or tossed and turned in bed with a little extra force hoping it would stop the snoring?
Besides the rib pokes and nudges, habitual snorers can, on occasion, even wake themselves up from the noise. And many times they’ll wake up feeling tired because their sleep was interrupted so many times during the night. If you’re trying to figure out how to stop someone from snoring, you need to first understand what causes snoring in the first place.
OK, SO WHY DO PEOPLE SNORE?
Snoring happens because of the obstruction of airflow through the mouth and nose. Then when you breathe in, the walls of the throat vibrate, and that’s what creates the distinctive snoring sound. This airflow restriction can be the result of obstructed airways, relaxed muscles in the throat and tongue, excess throat tissue, or long soft palate or uvula.
Cold and allergy season can bring obstructed nasal airways. Nostrils become inflamed, irritated and plugged up, increasing the difficulty of breathing. Sometimes airways can be affected by nasal deformities, such as a deviated septum or nasal polyps. If you think that you suffer from these afflictions, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. They can help you with a course of treatment.
You should be skipping that nightcap if you want to reduce your snoring. Relaxed muscles in the throat and tongue are another reason people snore. This is usually the result of drinking alcohol, taking sleeping pills or muscle relaxers, and getting older. As you age, the muscles in your throat and tongue weaken, which explains why snoring increases with age.
If you’re carrying a few extra pounds, or if you’re overweight, you may have excess tissue around your throat, which will block your airways. One of the simplest ways to stop or reduce snoring is to lose weight! Talk to your doctor about a diet and exercise plan. They can help put you on the right path. And no more midnight snacks, especially milk! The mucous build-up from drinking milk can increase snoring.
You know that hanging punching bag at the back of your throat? That’s your uvula. And sometimes it blocks the opening to your airway, along with the soft palate. The soft palate is the palate at the back, top of your mouth. It’s call “soft”, because unlike the palate at the front of the mouth, it contains no bone.
ALL OF THESE COULD BE THE CAUSE OF YOUR SNORING, BUT HOW DO YOU KNOW FOR SURE?
Make an appointment with your doctor. Beforehand, be sure to track any symptoms, the regularity of snoring and how it is affecting you. This will help the doctor better diagnose the reason behind your snoring.
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