About 45% of adults snore in their sleep. Snoring is indicated as noisy breathing in sleep, and it affects people of all ages and weights. However, it is more common in males and overweight people. It tends to worsen with age.
The Signs and Symptoms of Snoring
Some symptoms of snoring include the following:
- Snoring noises while sleeping
- Frequent waking up from sleeping
- Disturbed sleeping pattern and loss of deep sleep
- The strain on the heart
The Causes of Snoring
Some people may snore when they have a sinus infection or a seasonal allergy. A deviated septum might also be a reason behind snoring. Nasal polyps may also obstruct airways. Some people have poor muscle tone in their oral cavity, especially in their tongue and throat. The muscles might get over relaxed and collapse into the air passage.
Also, overweight people have bulky throats, which may cause them to snore in their sleep. Some people have a long uvula or a soft palate which narrows the stoma from the nasal passage to your throat. As you breathe, the uvula or the soft palate vibrates, causing them to bump against each other, which results in airway obstruction.
Drug and alcohol use can cause your muscles of the throat and tongue to relax too much. Sleeping on the back will make you snore as well. Using a pillow that is too large or soft may result in snoring. Getting insufficient sleep may result in the over-relaxation of your throat muscles
The Treatment Options for Snoring
A doctor might advise you to quit alcohol and smoking, especially before going to bed. You might have to wear a piece of plastic equipment in your mouth while sleeping. It will keep the airway passage open. There are also some procedures that help you to get rid of snoring. The physician may shrink or remove the tissues in the throat or improve the overall stiffness of your soft palate.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine helps in treating sleep apnea and may alleviate snoring by blowing the air in your throat as you sleep.
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