Snoring is a silent way of our heart communicating the forecast of a heart disease. Frightening, is it? Then this is the article you need your eyes to focus on. As we have already discussed in our previous post about snoring that you can read here All About Snoring.
There is a general concept of appreciating a sound sleep. But do we know that sound sleep refers to deep sleep rather than snoring which literally produces sound? We all tend to crack jokes on snoring. But do we realise that snoring is a serious business?
We snore when movement of air through the nose and throat is restricted during sleep. This makes the surrounding tissues vibrate, and thus we snore. People who snore often have too much throat and nasal tissue or “floppy” tissue that is more prone to vibrate. The position of the tongue can also get in the way of smooth breathing.
The problems that lead to snoring?
Age: It’s a common belief that if you get old, you snore more. The old age people snore more as compared to young ones.
Obesity: The more you gain weight, the more you will snore. Hence, always go to the gym to get a slim body.
Smoking: Smoking is one of the main causes of snoring. The more you smoke, the more you are increasing the risk of snoring.
Alcohol consumption: The recent studies shows that snoring is directly proportional to alcohol consumption in your body. Hence, consume less alcohol to avoid the risk of snoring.
Sleep posture: Sleeping position plays an important role during sleep. It can always cause more snoring problems if you are not sleeping in the right position.
The other underlying causes like dry air, nasal and sinus problems all leads to snoring.
How To Combat Snoring Problem
There are many self-help strategies like changing the sleeping position by elevating your head few inches with the help of pillows may ease breathing and encourage your tongue and jaw to move forward. Sleeping on your side instead of back, clearing nasal passages, keeping bedroom air moist as dry air can irritate nasal membranes and aids them to swell. Little shedding of weight too could reduce the fatty tissue in the back of the throat and decrease snoring.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a machine used to help a person to breathe more easily during sleep.
Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) uses a laser to shorten the uvula and to make small cuts in the soft palate either side aiding the tissues to stiffen to prevent the vibrations that trigger snoring. Palatal implants or the Pillar procedure involves inserting small plastic implants into the soft palate which help to avoid the collapse of the soft palate that can cause snoring. Somnoplasty uses low levels of radiofrequency heat to remove tissues of the uvula and soft palate that vibrate during snoring.
You can watch this video by Dr Josh who is giving the best advice on how to stop snoring fast.
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- #Note: Consult a doctor in case you are unable to manage the health issues on your own.
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