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Why We Snore and What to Do About It

It is a normal occurrence that you or a person you know might have a case of snoring. Everyone can be affected by it but this can be dismissed as a laughing matter. But as a matter of fact, snoring should be something to take seriously and may be a sign to get a check-up. A responsible person should be aware of the causes, types, and ways to prevent it from happening again. Here are some pieces of information you should know about snoring:
Causes

Snoring can be caused by the following conditions:

  • Overweight or Obesity – The excess fat can constrict the airflow in your respiratory system. The poor muscles around the throat and neck could be the main cause of the snoring.
  • Body conditions and build – Men are more likely to snore than women. Aside from that, body conditions such as a narrow throat, cleft palate, and enlarged adenoids can cause snoring.
  • Nasal congestion – Problems with your sinus and other nasal problems can cause the snoring. It can affect the airflow to your throat, and will eventually be the cause.
  • Vices and Medications – Drinking alcohol, smoking, sleeping pills, and sedatives can also cause the case of snoring. These are considered to be depressants and can increase the person’s muscles to relax than they are regularly used to.
  • Sleeping Position – The main cause of snoring can be cause by sleeping on your back, or even other positions that can constrict the airflow to your body.
  • Age – As people age, the possibility of snoring increases.

Types

Some doctors require the person to be observed during sleeping to identify the type of snoring he or she has. Knowing the type of snoring can be helpful in understanding the cause.

  • Close-mouth Snoring – This usually means that the tongue blocks the airflow from the throat.
  • Open-mouth Snoring – The tissues in the throat may cause this.
  • Snoring while sleeping on your back – This may indicate irregular sleeping routines or unhealthy lifestyles.
  • Snoring with any sleeping position – Snoring despite the sleeping position may connote a condition more severe than simple snoring.

Cures and Remedies

Aside from surgical methods, there are cures and remedies that can be easily prepared or done by the person experiencing the condition.

  • Weight loss and Constant Exercise – Losing the excess weight will improve the person’s breathing and airflow, while regular exercise will provide as added breathing exercises.
  • Avoidance from Vices and Medications – Avoiding depressants will lessen the muscles’ relaxation during sleep. Please be guided accordingly by your doctor to know what kinds of medications you should avoid and maintain.
  • Doing Throat Exercises – This is a more specific kind of exercise a snorer might want to practice, because it helps you control and improve the muscles in the throat area. This will help alleviate or stop the snoring.
  • Regularizing Sleeping Routine – Irregular sleeping habits may induce snoring, so it is best to make them more constant. Drinking alcohol should also be stopped about three hours before going to sleep.
  • Changing Sleeping Positions – The person should try to sleep in another position, especially sleeping sideways. Experimenting with sleeping positions could prove to be a great remedy for the snoring.
  • Prevention of Nasal Congestion – Be sure that bedsheets, pillows, and the whole sleeping area is clean and free from substances that can induce an allergy. Clear your nasal passages as much as needed before going to sleep.
  • Usage of Anti-snoring Device – Using an anti-snoring mouthpiece or mouth guard is an effective and easy way to stop the snoring completely. Ask your doctor the type of device you need before buying one of your own.

All About Snoring

Why is it that the person who is the snorer is busy getting a good night sleep, while the rest of the house is tossing and turning? The snorer awakes well rested and ready for a brand new day. Full of vim and vigor, excited with life, his energetic pounce propels him into the kitchen.

a-man-sleepingOn the other hand, the remaining residents arise in a sleep-deprived fog. They shuffle down the hall unable to lift their feet. They mumble and grunt as they bump into the bathroom door.

“What’s the matter? Did you have a bad night?” asks the snorer cheerfully.

I ask you, does a tree falling in the forest make a sound if there is no one there to hear it? Does a snorer really make a noise if there is no one else in the house? Well, that’s not my problem. I do hear it! That sawing, snorting sound at two A.M. really sets the pace for the day ahead.

When confronting the offender with the problem, I’m continually faced with “Who Me?” or a defensive “I don’t snore!” Well, armed with a tape recorder, I made my move one night to gather evidence. After testing the recorder…testing one, two, three…, and being assured that the batteries were working, I tiptoed into the cave of the bear. I placed the recorder on the pillow next to the accused. The results were magnificent! I felt as elated as a detective would who has just gathered key evidence. I had him now!

When played back the next morning for the culprit, I was asked, “What in the world is that awful noise? Did you get a bad tape? If I were you, I’d return it for a new one.” I smugly advised my dear partner that it was not a bad tape, but a really good one of his offensive “Love Song”. Yes, that is the song you keep singing in my ear night after night, year after year. My roommate in my collage year was snoring, so I decided to help him quit snoring for my own sake, I did an evaluation and analysis of the Zquiet snoring mouth guard and got one for him as a Christmas present, he wasn’t that happy about the present, but I sure was 🙂

a-snoring-partner

People in the past have dubbed snoring as sawing wood and if this is so, we could have built a two-story cabin by now judging by the amount of “sawing” I have heard in our house. The power expended could be tapped into and we could do away with our electric bill. We could power a windmill with the force of it alone.

To snore or not to snore doesn’t seem to be the question here. No matter what we have tried, that freight train still comes barreling through our bedroom at about two in the morning!