Getting a good night's sleep is important to both men and women. Poor sleep can interfere with communication, thinking, and mood, as well as cause conflict and stress. The quality of your sleep may be disrupted if you frequently snore during the night.
Causes of Snoring
Snoring can be caused by a number of factors, including the size of your airway, your body weight, your age, and your lifestyle.
Snoring is often the result of the tissues in your throat vibrating, causing a loud noise. The sound you hear depends on a number of factors, including the shape and size of your airway, your body weight and the position of your tongue. If your airway is obstructed, you can have a harder time breathing. If you are overweight, you may have extra tissue in the back of your throat. The tissues in your throat can also be obstructed, which causes you to snore. If you sleep on your back, you can snore more because gravity pulls your airway down and back. You may also have allergies that cause inflammation in your airway. The inflammation can lead to mouth breathing, causing snoring.
A sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is frequently associated with snoring. OSA is a sleep disorder in which your airway becomes obstructed. During sleep, your airway may collapse, which leads to pauses in breathing and temporary arousals. This can be very dangerous if left untreated, as it may cause high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.
Sleepiness or fatigue during the day are common symptoms of OSA. When you wake up, you may have a sore throat, a dry mouth or a morning headache.
Some snoring treatments can help you breathe easier and sleep better. The first step is to find out what is causing your snoring. Your doctor may perform a snoring screening test, which includes looking at your mouth and neck. He or she may also ask you to tell him or her about your sleeping habits and movements during sleep. The snoring screening tests will also include examining your blood pressure and listening to your heart. If you are concerned that you may have obstructive sleep apnea, you may be referred to a sleep specialist.
The non-surgical treatment that is the gold standard and most effective for OSA is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). OSA is often treated with a CPAP machine which will supply positive air pressure into your airways as you sleep, to keep your airway open.
Getting a good night's sleep can be made easier by making changes to your lifestyle or having some snoring treatments. You should consult your doctor for diagnosis and treatment based on your current sleep condition.
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