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The Truth About Snoring

Causes and Home Remedies
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Snoring
snoring is a sound resulting from turbulent airflow that causes tissues in the nose and/ or throat to vibrate during sleep. It happens when air is not moved freely through your nose and throat during sleep.

Snoring is a common condition that can affect anyone. Infact, almost everyone have snored at one point in life, although it occurs more frequently in men and people who are overweigh. Snoring usually tends to be worsen or more serious with age.

While asleep, the muscles of your throat relax, your tongue falls backward, and your throat becomes narrow and "floppy." As you breathe, the walls of the throat begin to vibrate; generally when you breathe in, but also, to a lesser extent, when you breathe out. These vibrations cause particles in the air within the nasal tissues and throat to form sound waves which lead to the classic or characteristic snoring sound.

Facts about Snoring
Snoring is caused by vibrating tissues within the airways of the nose and throat,

The vibrations that cause snoring are caused by turbulent airflow through narrowed airways,

The airways looses tone and become narrowed,

Snoring tends to be worsen with age,

Snoring is affected by the stage of sleep, sleeping position, and the use of medications and alcohol,

Snoring may be a problem for family members and sleeping partners of the snorer,

Snoring is more common in men and people who are over weight,

Snoring also may be a sign of an underlying medical problem,

Treatments for snoring are both nonsurgical and surgical, etc.

Causes
The narrower your airway becomes, the greater the vibration and the louder your snoring. The narrowing can be in the nose, mouth, or throat. However, different persons may have various or different reasons for the cause of the narrowing of the air spaces leading to snoring.

Functional abnormalities (e.g. inflammation of the nose and/or throat as may occur during respiratory infection or during allergy) will result in snoring. Sleep position, such as sleeping on your back, may lead to snoring in some people. Alcohol is a potent muscle relaxant and its ingestion in the evening is a prominent activator. Some of the well documented cause if snoring are:

Age: As you age, your throat becomes narrower, and the muscle tone in your throat decreases. While you can't do anything about growing older, lifestyle changes, new bedtime routines, and some throat exercises can all help to prevent snoring.

Being overweight or out of shape: Fatty tissue around your neck which reduce the size of your throat, and poor muscle tone contribute to snoring. Even if you’re not overweight in general, carrying excess weight just around your neck or throat can cause snoring. Exercising and losing weight can sometimes be all it takes to end your snoring.
Sleep deprivation: Not getting enough sleep can lead to further throat relaxation.

Alcohol, smoking, and medications: Alcohol intake, smoking, and certain medications, such as tranquilizers like lorazepam (Ativan) and diazepam (Valium), can increase muscle relaxation leading to more snoring.

Nasal problems: Chronic nasal congestion or a crooked partition between your nostrils (deviated nasal septum) may contribute to your snoring.

Sleep posture: Sleeping flat on your back causes the flesh of your throat to relax and block the airway.

Remedies
There are lots of recommended home remedies for snoring, though not all of them have been proven to be effective. There are few that's been tested, however, one thing is certain to putting an end to your snoring. This is patience, lifestyle changes, and a willingness to experiment with different solutions.

Exercising and losing weight can sometimes be all it takes to end your snoring,

lifestyle changes, new bedtime routines, and some throat exercises can all help to prevent snoring,

 Raise up or elevate the head of your bed,

Change your sleeping position,

Sleep on your side instead of your back,

Keep bedroom air moist,

Treat chronic allergies if any,

Lose weight,

Quit smoking,

Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills, and sedatives,

Try an anti-snoring mouth appliance,

Watch what you eat before bed,

Complications
Poor night's sleep: This leads to tiredness and drowsiness during the day and can interfere with your quality of work and life.

Strain on the heart: Prolonged suffering from obstructive sleep apnea often results in higher blood pressure and may cause enlargement of the heart , with increased chances of developing heart attack and stroke.

Light sleeping: Snoring leads to light sleep and frequent waking. Waking up so many times a night interferes with the normal pattern of sleep.

Other common complications are:
  • Irritation,
  • Lack of focus,
  • Frequent frustration or anger,
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness,
  • High blood pressure, etc.

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