Snoring is undisputedly one of most common sleeping disorders in humans. And although lots of people make fun of people who snore, it’s important to know that snoring is a serious condition that ought to be addressed accordingly before it gets out of hand.
Basically, snoring occurs when one’s airways get blocked while they are asleep. This blockage interrupts the normal breathing patterns thus tampering with one’s sleep. The blockage occurs when there’s an extra tissue on the back of one’s throat that falls down over the airways thus blocking the air from going into the lungs. This extra tissue is common among people who are overweight. Thus, losing weight is the easiest and most promising way through which one can stop snoring. This is because weight loss helps reduce fat within the neck area thereby opening up the airways. While losing as little as 10% of extra weight can help alleviate these symptoms, losing more is bound to bring forth more benefits as it can completely treat this disorder. More importantly is that, losing extra weight helps get rid of other life threatening diseases such as heart related illnesses and/or sleep apnea.
Examples of ways through which you can lose weight healthily include consistent exercises such as using the stairs rather than the elevator, walking to work instead of driving and going for walks or runs. This is primarily because exercises help in strengthening the neck’s back muscles hence preventing the airways from narrowing. Eating healthy and getting enough sleep is also recommended. This is based on the fact that lack of enough sleep causes the body to crave for alternative source of energy – food. Thus, no matter how much you exercise, if you don’t get enough sleep, you’re bound to end up eating a lot more.
Other than losing weight, there exist other forms of snoring treatments. These include over-the-counter treatments such as decongestants like nasal sprays, dental appliances like malleable mouthpieces and neck positioning pillows. Other alternative forms of treatments include changing one’s sleeping position (sleeping on your side rather than on your back), reducing the intake of alcohol especially before retiring to bed and, cutting down on smoking. But just in case none of these works, then the other alternative would be to undergo surgery. An example of a surgical procedure that helps in treating snoring is radio frequency ablation for it tightens the palate.
As such if you snore while sleeping, the number one thing to do would be to try making some changes in your lifestyle. If none of these works, then, you should talk to your doctor. It’s worth noting that even though losing weight is the number one remedy for treating snoring, you need to consult with a nutritionist to help you lose weight healthily.
Once you have stopped snoring, you will have the guarantee of having a healthier sleep and also, reduced risk of suffering from some of the above mentioned life threatening diseases. In addition, you are bound to have a more fulfilling relationship since your partner will have no problem sleeping next to you.