Snoring

Everybody on earth wishes to have a relaxed and rejuvenating night rest. However, that restful sleep everybody wants may be challenging if we have a spouse or a roommate who snores. If you snore frequently, it can really have an impact on the quality and length of your sleep, and that of the people you share your bed or room with. Snoring is a common condition happening in as many as 30 percent in women and 45 percent in men. It is often encountered by over-weight people and has the tendency to get worse as you age.

The reason why people snore is a combination of excess nasopharyngeal tissue, mouth opening during sleep, a large tongue, collapsed throat muscles, and nasal issues, leading to the vibration sounds of snoring. The tongue's position may also affect breathing while asleep.

It is sometimes possible to improve snoring by creating lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes are advised by your GP as initial step to treat loud snoring. Reduce weight if you are over-weight. Also stay away from alcohol consumption particularly during the last few hours before going to bed and quit smoking if you smoke. Exercising frequently will also help improve neck muscles, which will avoid airways narrowing. Speak with your GP if you feel your medicine might be contributing to your heavy snoring, as they can suggest alternatives. However, do not stop taking medications without first talking to your GP.

Treatment options:

  1. Dental Device(Mandibular advancement splint)
  2. CPAP Machine
  3. Surgery

If your snoring is worse when you are sleeping on your back, you will probably find sleeping on your side helpful. Opening the mouth while sleeping is a common cause of snoring, keeping the mouth closed using tape, such as sleepYstrip®, will usually resolve the issue.