Why do people snore? According to study in normal breathing the air passes from the nostrils and travels into the pharynx to the larynx down to the throat on its way to the lungs via the trachea. When the muscular structure around these areas keep the structures open, the airflow is regulated. Thus no sound is produced. But when there is narrowing in the air passages, it causes a vibration to the soft palate and the uvula, a small tissue that is hanging at the back of the tongue, a snoring sound then results. The narrowing may be due to either structural or functional cause.
What is structural causes? Structural causes can be brought about by upper respiratory tract infection such as colds or allergy, obstruction in the nose, mouth and throat such as nasal polyps, or sleeping in a supine position.
What is functional causes? Functional (lifestyle) causes include being overweight, alcohol drinking especially near bedtime, inhalation of any allergenic substance, intake of sedative medications, and active or passive smoking.
That is why more men snore as compared with women. Study shows four out of every 10 men snore compared to roughly 3 out of 10 women.
Did you know that, snoring is not simple as that because maybe it could be a sign of a serious problem, especially when the snorer has episodes of disruptive breathing it may be sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is associated with strokes, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular diseases.
Chronic snoring can cause the heart to eventually wear out. The more the airway is blocked, the greater the heart works to supply air to the system, and the greater the risk of high blood pressure development.
Chronic snoring also includes the risk of neurological and psychological problems including excessive daytime sleepiness, drowsiness after a supposedly good night sleep, memory loss, depression, chronic headache, and difficulty in concentrating and it also affect your work performances.
Here are some simple suggestions for remedies to snorers:
1. If you are overweight or obyss just lose your weight.
2. Stop smoking or avoid exposed to cigarette smoke.
3. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages especially near to bedtime.
4. Eat your supper light and early in the evening.
5. Avoid caffeine.
If the snoring is structural cause, here are helpful tips:
1. Sleep facing on your side.
2. Do steam inhalation just before sleeping when having nasal congestion. You may add eucalyptus oil to the steaming water for aroma.
3. Avoid allergy-causing foods The most common food allergens are dairy products, cod fish, wheat, soybean, crustaceans like crabs, shrimps, and lobster as well as nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, and peanuts.
4. Avoid common airborne allergens like mold, pollen and dust mites.
5. Do some throat exercise for 30 minutes to strengthen your throat.
Here is how:
- Say loud the vowel sound several times.
- Reach the top front teeth with the tip of your tongue.
- Sing. It increases the muscle tone in your throat.
After doing these remedies and still do not work go to your physicians and he maybe recommend a polysomnography test or a surgery to correct the problem.
Unfortunately, most snorers do not know that they snore. Many even argue that they do not snore. But the truth is that snoring can affect the snorer and those sleeping near to them.