What causes snoring
Identifying exactly what causes your or your partner’s particular type of #snoring is key to treating it. People who snore usually have more throat flaccid or floppy tissue that obstruct free breathing. Also the position of the tongue during sleep can obstruct the wind passage and cause snoring. The tongue tends to fall back into the throat in some people who do snore.
What are the other causes of snoring: age related snoring due to muscles in the throat becoming less toned, the way the throat passage is built – narrower passages result in more snoring, sinus and nasal problems can cause snoring, alcohol smoking and medication are all well known factors that could cause smoking as they cause tissue in the throat to relax, being overweight results in more fatty tissues in the throat that can block wind passage, sleep posture also plays a crucial role in how the wind passage remains open or narrows and also determines the position of the tongue during sleep.
Work together to stop snoring
Snoring can have serious negative impact and can lead to arguments and separate bedrooms that adversely affects intimacy and eventually the relationship. Both partners should realise that the snorer is not “guilty” as this is a totally involuntary act but work together to find a solution to the problem. Earplugs and white noise devices can help but in the long run proper solution to the problem should be implemented.
Since a serious solution also includes major lifestyle changes both persons in the relationship should be fully committed to the campaign to stop snoring.
How to stop snoring
- Weight loss – a steady weight loss program is beneficial for overall health and will also reduce the excess tissue in your throat that could be causing obstructive #sleep apnea.
- Exercise – can help improve the overall quality of sleep
- Throat exercises can help tone the muscles in the throat and help stop snoring – flaccid muscle tissue can cause snoring. Taking a deep breath through the nose and breathing into a ballon five times can help tone throat muscles.
- Quit smoking – the sedative effect of chemicals related to smoking have been linked to sleep apnea. Quitting smoking can help improve the overall quality of sleep
- Sleep patterns – regular scheduled sleep patterns can help the body function to a predictable biological cycle that helps you achieve a improved quality of sleep
- Earplugs – for your partner can help to keep the relationship steady until you can control snoring – strains of relationships are one of the main problems with snoring
- Avoid alcohol, pills and sedatives – these can cause the muscles on the throat to relax and cause obstructive sleep apnea.
- heavy meals, diary products, soy milk and coffee just before going to sleep have been shown to result in snoring
- Elevate your head – will open air passage and prevent snoring by allowing more air to travel freely
- Sleep on your side – will also prevent flaccid throat muscles blocking the wind passage.
- Keep bedroom air moist – can aid breathing and prevent snoring by allowing air to flow freely
- Clear nasal passages using drops or spray – will keep the nasal and wind passage lubricated and prevent snoring due to excessive dryness of the throat
- Dental devices or chin support straps – have been designed to keep the wind passage open by ensuring that nothing obstructs it. Consult your doctor if your unsure about which type of product is suitable for you.