Snoring

Snoring

One of the biggest barriers to getting a great night’s sleep with another person in the same bed or bedroom is the horrific noise or murmur of someone snoring. Many people totally underestimate the problem and simply ignore the issue at hand, resulting in being shattered the next day.  BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

However the discovery of these behaviors is now becoming increasingly significant and its health risks attached, including sleep deprivation, frequent waking from sleep, the enlargement of the heart, strokes and interruption of breathing. These measures have a large impact on our everyday life personally and professionally and under no circumstances should be ignored.

Experts estimate that over one third of adults snore, with the increased population in the older Generation.  In general men are more than likely to be considered a higher ratio of snorers than women. Apparently this is due to a man’s air passage being narrower than a womans. Although women nearing the menopause and due to the weight gained during pregnancy, women are facing similar complexities.

Many surveys conducted have resulted in finding that a partner’s snoring has endured damage to relationships. The increased stress, anger, annoyance and being unable to sleep along with forcing partners out of the room are all common denominators of this well known behavior.

What is snoring?

Snoring happens when a person’s airways narrow significantly. This in turn results in a vibration technique of the throat’s soft tissue whilst breathing. The tongue can fall backwards causing the airway to narrow, the uvula and soft tissues that surround the throat also become relaxed and floppy whilst asleep. This causes the tissues to vibrate more often when you breathe in but also to a lesser extent when you breathe out.

The vibrations lead to the noise that is created when someone snores, the narrower the airway is the louder a person will snore. The breathing becomes very shallow and it is difficult to breathe deeply enough and take in enough oxygen. It is actually discovered that when you snore a person is using far too much energy on being ‘able to breathe’.

Snoring can be caused by various things, sinusitis, anatomy, a cold/fever or even the joints connected to the jaw.

In general men are more than likely to be considered a higher ratio of snorers than women. Apparently this is due to a man’s air passage being narrower than a womans. Although women nearing the menopause and due to the weight gained during pregnancy, women are facing similar complexities.

When snoring is NOT linked to sleep apnea, the following tips are recommended to challenge.

For the snorer

  • Change in sleep position
  • Nasal strips or magnetic nose clips
  • Chin straps
  • Avoiding alcohol before bed
  • Avoid sleeping with a humidifier
  • Weight loss( adds tissue to the neck area which can restrict airways)
  • Do not smoke
  • Avoid taking sleeping tablets

Recommended for a partner

  • Hypnosis
  • Earplugs

 

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