Snoring happens when you cannot move air freely through your nose and throat during sleep. This makes the surrounding tissues vibrate, which produces the familiar snoring sound. People who snore often have too much throat and nasal tissue or floppy tissue that is more prone to vibrate. However, the position of your tongue can also get in the way of smooth breathing. Snoring can, therefore, indicate sleep apnea, which is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires medical attention. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where your breathing is briefly interrupted up to hundreds of times per night. However, normal snoring does not interfere with the quality of your sleep as much as sleep apnea.
Types of snoring
i) Closed-mouth snoring
ii) Open-mouth snoring
iii) Snoring when sleeping on your back
iv) Snoring in all sleep positions
Common causes of snoring
a) Age. As you reach middle age and beyond, your throat becomes narrower and the muscles tone in your throat decreases.
b) Nasal and sinus problems. Blocked airways or a stuffy nose make inhalation difficult and create a vacuum in the throat leading to snoring.
c) Being overweight or out of shape. Fatty tissue and poor muscle tone contribute to snoring. Even if you are not overweight in general, carrying excess weight around your neck or throat can cause snoring. See more
d) Sleep posture. Sleeping flat on your back causes the flesh of your throat to relax and block the airway.
e) Alcohol, smoking and medications. Alcohol intake, smoking and certainly medications such as tranquilizers can cause increase in muscle relaxation leading to more snoring.
The following are the best tips to stop snoring;
i) Maintain a healthy weight and diet
Being overweight by just a few kilograms can lead to snoring. Where fatty tissue around your neck or throat squeezes the airway and prevents air from flowing in and out freely.
ii) Try to sleep on your side
Try to sleep on your side rather than your back. While sleeping on your back, your tongue, chin and any excess fatty tissue under your chin can relax and squash your airway. Sleeping on your side help to prevent this.
iii) Avoid alcohol before going to bed
Avoiding alcohol before going to bed help to prevent snoring. Alcohol causes the muscles to relax more than usual during a normal night’s sleep. This added relaxation of the muscles makes the back of the throat collapse more readily which then causes snoring.
iv) Quit or cut down on smoking
Quit or cut down on smoking. This is where cigarette smoke irritates the lining of the nasal cavity and throat causing swelling and catarrh. However, if the nasal passages become congested, it becomes difficult to breathe through your nose because the airflow is decreased.
v) Visit you GP
If your snoring persist, it might be necessary to seek medical help. Where for some cases of snoring surgery to fix structural problems in the airways such as enlarged adenoids is necessary. If your snoring is caused by looseness in your soft palate, a technique called radiofrequency ablation may help. See more this site: http://www.rebeccadavis-doula.com/stop-snoring-with-home-remedies-medicines-and-anti-snoring-devices/