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Main Causes, Biggest Risks & Best Treatment Options
Most people are habitual snorers, and men are more at risk of developing the habit. Snoring is also a common symptom of getting older. Your snoring may also be exacerbated by nasal allergies, heartburn, and other factors.
Main Causes Of Snoring
A common cause of snoring is when the sinus, tissues, and other structures block the free flow of air through the upper respiratory tract. This obstruction in the airways causes turbulent airflow and by extension vibration on the soft tissue. The vibrations in your throat produce a snoring sound, which is what you're hearing when this happens. A number of factors may cause snoring, including:
- The anatomy of your mouth – Oral Diseases like TMJ, enlarged throat tissue, or elongated uvula can lead to breathing problems. Enlarged tonsils or a large tongue base may also make it more difficult to swallow causing the soft tissue to vibrate. These symptoms often respond well to minimally-invasive treatments.
- Nasal congestion – Nasal congestion can also result from allergies or a deviated septum and affect your breathing. Being overweight creates extra mass in the neck and throat and can narrow the airway, making it harder to breathe clearly.
- Alcohol consumption – Alcohol before bedtime can relax your muscles and make you more likely to snore or block your throat.
Loud snoring is a common problem that can lead to not only sleepless nights, but also embarrassment and discomfort. This comes with some hefty negatives, including that it can put a lot of strain on relationships and even lead spouses to sleep separately from each other. But snoring is also medically significant. It disrupts sleep patterns, deprives the snorer of sleep, and leads to health issues and poor quality of life.
In addition to the noise and discomfort of snoring, problem snorers may also experience:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Sore throat
- Relationship problems
- Restless sleep
- Trouble concentrating
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Gasping or choking during sleep
Snoring Can Be Life Threatening?
It is important to know that snoring is a leading indicator that you may also be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea which leads to higher blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, and other diseases.
Recent studies have found that habitual snoring can be a sign of strokes and premature death, even if you don't have sleep apnea. If someone snores, it should be evaluated by a health professional. Even "simple snoring" could be the result of a more serious underlying condition.
Some Snoring Remedies & Lifestyle Changes
Poor sleep habits, heavy alcohol consumption, smoking or chewing tobacco products, and medication use may cause you to snore more. Following these tips might help you.:
- Diet & Exercise – Extra weight can cause snoring, especially in the overweight and obese. The best way to lose weight is by eating healthily and keeping up a good workout routine. In order to lose weight and stay healthy, there are some basic rules. One of the first is developing healthy eating habits and increasing your physical activity. If you can get into healthy habits and an exercise routine you may not have to struggle with snoring or sleep apnea anymore!
- Sleeping on your side – Chances are that you’ve heard that sleeping on your back may be harmful, but you’ve done it anyway. While the danger seems small and unlikely, it may trigger a condition like sleep apnea or another sleep disorder.
- Treat nasal allergies and congestion – Allergies can cause a buildup of mucus, which then leaves the person with nasal congestion. Its also been proven to cause snoring, and sometimes lead to a turbinate reduction. These problems can be prevented before they begin by treating allergies early.
- Reduce sedatives and alcohol – Drinking alcohol or taking sleeping pills before bed can lead to a lot of undesired side effects. Instead, try increasing your exercise levels and activity during the day to help you sleep better.
If these remedies fail to improve your sleep quality or snoring, you may be a candidate for our non-invasive, office-based treatment options.
Why Snoring is Harmful
Snoring originates with disruptions in the air passage from your nose to your throat and can range from mild to severe, happening sporadically or constantly. If you have mild snoring and it's sporadic, your problems are lessened. If your snoring is chronic or severe, there are health issues to be concerned with at any age.
Snoring, in one form or another, affects 45 percent of all Americans, so it is not an isolated trouble spot. When serious, these health issues can result:
- Bedwetting in Children
- Suppressed Immune System
- Raised Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
- Insulin resistance
- Appetite problems
- The trouble with critical thinking
- Discolored and misaligned teeth in children
- ADD-like symptoms in children
Snoring is a frequent cause of numerous health issues such as sleep apnea, and can adversely affect everybody, no matter their age - and including children.
Some snoring can be stopped or relieved by getting high-quality sleep, maintaining good hygiene, and using the sleep position and pillow that are most suitable. However, if you are snoring to this extent then a professional evaluation is required. Though evaluation and intervention sound threatening, in truth, many of the treatments are non-invasive, side-effect free, and can be done in the comfort of your own home.
If you think you may suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), persistent snoring with irregular breathing patterns or occurrences of deep sleep might be an indication that a more serious disorder is at hand. OSA is a dangerous sleep disorder that requires professional advice and treatment from a snoring expert.
In addition to sleeping problems, alcohol use, smoking, and being overweight can all contribute to snoring and sleep disorders. One factor that can impact your healthful living is the quality of your sleep. Developing proper sleep habits helps manage stress, weight, and brain function, and leads to better overall health.