Does your bed partner keep you up at night with his/her snoring? We will walk you through the most common snoring causes and how to cure snoring so you and your partner can sleep peacefully and be fully rested.
Snoring can be caused by a number of factors one of which is the normal aging process. As a person ages, their throat muscles relax which can lead to snoring. The position one sleeps in particularly sleeping on one’s back can lead to snoring. Respiratory infection or allergies often lead to inflammation of nose/throat which can lead to snoring. A deviated nasal septum, enlarged tonsils or nasal polyps, alcohol before sleep, muscle relaxants and even obesity. Having too much fatty tissue around the neck can be a cause of snoring.
Now that you know more about snoring causes and why you or your bed partner may snore, what can you do about it?
Snoring Cures and Treatment
There are a few different options for treatment. The first step is to assess which lifestyle modification(s) can be made to you or your partner’s sleep habits. Once modifications have been made if snoring is still a concern, other treatment options include surgery or oral appliance therapy.
A narrowing of nasal passages that’s severe enough to cause snoring happens deeper than can be fixed with a sticky strip. ”They may or may not affect the acoustics but not the mechanics of the airway. In other words, a frustrated bed partner may hear quieter snoring from someone wearing a nasal strip, but the snoring will not really go away.
Excess weight can add tissue to the neck that presses and restricts airways, leading to the vibrations that produce snores. People who gain a few pounds every year may develop sleep apnea, but if they gained the weight and then started snoring, losing the weight may help alleviate the snoring. Not to mention, losing excess weight carries a number of additional health benefits!
Sleeping On Your Side
Because there’s greater pressure on the throat when you’re lying on your back, shifting to your side can really quiet that snore. Back-sleeping snorers are probably used to frequent elbowing from their bed partners. However, sleeping on your side is a quick fix and not a long-term treatment for snoring.
Sleep With A Humidifier
If your snoring is due to nasal congestion or allergies, and your nasal congestion or allergies are worse in dry air, sleeping with a humidifier might help unless you have sleep-disordered breathing or sleep apnea.
A surgical approach may be an alternative to create an open airway. The goal of surgery is to create a more open airway so obstructions are less likely to occur. Surgery can be quite invasive and sometimes worsen the apnea. There are several different surgical procedures with varying degrees of success.
Oral appliance therapy
In someone with sleep apnea who either doesn’t respond to or doesn’t tolerate treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a SomnoDent oral device, a type of mouthguard that moves the jaw can be very helpful. SomnoDent is a custom-made oral appliance for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). SomnoDent is worn during sleep to provide Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT) by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. This movement tightens the soft tissue and muscles of the upper airway, which prevents obstructive apneas while you sleep. With a sleep apnea diagnosis, most insurance companies cover the cost of a SomnoDent. Ask your physician and/or dentist today about SomnoDent.
Don’t ignore your snoring, especially if you have other health conditions or feel tired during the day. If you think you may be at risk for sleep apnea or you’re not sure, we recommend taking our sleep assessment to find out.