Snoring Reasons and Solutions to Stop

Snoring is common daily life problem in people reaching an elderly age. This problem affects the sleep of our family members more than the person himself. The sleep of the person having the snoring problem is rarely affected by his own snores. Sometimes snoring is a symptom of some other medical condition. So according to its better to have correct knowledge of your snoring condition and know the reason behind it. There are some solutions to snoring problem depending on the reason behind it.

Reasons behind Snoring

There are various reasons behind Snoring but the ultimate reason is the turbulant airflow inside the air passage in our throat. The airflow causes vibrations due to some tissues in back side of nose and throat. Usually the air passage is narrowed by base of the tongue or soft palate. It makes it harder for the air to pass through it and the air makes its way in and out by struggling through the walls of throat which creates the snoring sound.
There are various reasons behind narrowing of air passage while sleeping. Some of the reasons are obesity, sleeping position, some underlying disease, use of some medication. Some of the major reasons behind snoring are discussed below.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: It is a sleep disorder that can cause snoring. In this medical condition the airway gets blocked by relaxed throat muscles. Men are more prone to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and being a chain-smoker increases the risk of this disease as well.
Overweight: Being overweight can also be a risk factor for Snoring. Fat deposited on the throat is also a reason behind Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Fat or Long Tongue: According to a research Fat or Long is also a reason behind snoring. So those who have a Long tongue or Fat tongue are more prone to snoring. Overweight people are prone have fat deposits on their tongue which may lead to snoring.
REM Sleep: Our sleep is basically divided into REM (Rapid Eye Movement) Stage and Non-REM Stage. During REM stage we have dreams and our brain relaxes all muscles except breathing muscles. Unfortunately at this moment our tongue, palate, and throat muscles may also relax and narrows the airway thus making snoring sound.
Sleeping Position: When we sleep on our back the relaxed muscles in throat may narrow our airway and make a person snore. So by sleeping on side we may stop snoring.
Some Other Factors: Even those people who don't snore may report snoring after a viral illness, after having alcohol or after having some medication.

Solutions to Stop Snoring

Snoring can be stopped by both surgical and non-surgical measures. In most of the cases non-surgical measures are sufficient to solve the problem.

  • If you are facing problem by your partner's snoring then you may tickle on his/her ribs and make him/her sleep sidewise.
  • Reducing your weight may also help in reducing the snoring as Obese person are more prone to snoring.
  • If your snoring problem is due to some medication then it will automatically stop as soon as you stop that medication.
  • Getting rid of Alcohol Addiction may also help in reducing snoring.
  • Sometimes doctors advice to use a device to put in your mouth. This device makes way for air and don't let it getting blocked by relaxed muscles.
  • Changing your pillow and having good amount of fluid in your diet may also help in reducing snoring.
  • There are some anti-snoring exercises which help reduce snoring by making your tongue, mouth and throat muscles stronger.

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