What's more annoying than trying to sleep with someone who snores? Snoring can cause sleep loss not only for the person who snores, but also for the one who's sleeping with them. That loss of sleep makes a person sleepy and irritable the next day and can affect their productivity.
There are situations where relationships have been hurt due to snoring. Many times a person resorts to sleeping in another room; thus, affecting the intimate life of the couple and making the one who snores feel guilty and blame themselves.
Snoring is best described as heavy, noisy breathing. Most people snore at certain times due to congestion and occasionally the dog and cat are heard snoring, but snoring becomes a problem when you and your partner lose sleep because of it. One who snores usually tosss and turns a lot, unable to breathe properly, causing a restless night. If the snoring is moderate, the person will usually stop when they turn over, but severe snoring continues through the night regardless of their sleep position. This type of severe snoring is a loud noise that can be heard even through walls in a house.
The cause of snoring is an obstacleed air passage in the back of the throat and nose. When the body is in sleep mode, the muscles in the body relax, as do the muscles in the throat. As air is breathed in and out of the lungs through the nose and throat, this obstruction blocks the air passage.
Many things can cause a person to snore, such as inheriting a narrow throat; being overweight with fatty tissue in the neck; ageing; gender is a factor, as normally men snore, due to having narrower air passes than women do; adenoids or tonsils being enlarged that obstructive the airway; allergies, asthma, cold or sinus infection will cause breathing problems; sleeping on the back relaxes the throat and will block the airway. Rolling the person over on their side many times will stop the snoring.
Serious health problems can result due to reduced oxygen to the brain. Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease are all developing factors of snoring; even premature death can result.
Sleep apnea is a common symptom of snoring. The inability to breathe correctly will cause a person to wake up, just so they are able to breathe again. This can happen many times a night with no memory of all the awakenings the next morning. The person will experience a feeling of sleepiness even though the person has had several hours of sleep. To determine if one has sleep apnea, tests can be run to check for this.
To determine treatment, the general health of a person has to be taken into consideration. For instance, if someone has heart problems and high blood pressure, a device is worn to improve the breathing and maintain a steady flow of air through the throat and nose. This device is used on patients who have sleep apnea and is not intended for those with simple snoring. Surgery of the nose, throat and jaw help some, but not all people. Over-the-counter treatments have not been researched enough to prove any effective results. However, the external nasal strip placed over the bridge of the nose has shown to reduce snoring. There are also spray lubricants for the throat and nose and magnetic pillows that claim to help with snoring, but tests have shown them to be not much help.
There are some things a person can do themselves, such as lose weight and avoid sleeping on their back. Also, try sleeping without a pillow, as when the head is propped up on a pillow, this can cause a blockage of the air passage through the throat and nose.