Snoring is an issue that many of us laugh at and just accept as normal but there’s a lot more to it because it could be a sign of deeper health issues. For many people who snore, the problem robs them of the good quality sleep that’s key to health and wellness. They suffer from morning headaches, wake up tired, feel exhausted throughout the day, deal with sore throats and not to mention that snoring can also interrupt their breathing, which puts the brain at risk of losing oxygen, which is extremely dangerous even if it happens for a short time. Snoring is a problem we should take seriously, and actively find ways to solve it if we face it. Read on to learn the steps you can take to free yourself from this all too common issue.
What Causes Snoring?
When you fall asleep your body relaxes, and when that happens the roof of your mouth, your tongue and your throat muscles do too. This will partially obstruct your airway and lead to vibrations, which are the sound people make when they snore.
How Do I Alleviate Snoring?
Step 1: Identify the Problem
The first thing you need to do is determine that you snore because you really can’t fix something you haven’t identified yet. It’s simple enough if you have a partner who has probably complained to you a few times, or even sleeps in a different room because the snoring disturbs their sleep. But what do you do if you live alone? Once simple idea is to record yourself while you’re asleep. You even do it on your mobile phone without much stress or strain by downloading an app like Snore Lab. Apps such as this one will record sample sounds while you’re asleep, and in the morning you will be able to tell if you snored.
Step 2: Determine The Cause of Your Snoring
In order to solve your snoring problem, it will be important to determine if there are any factors within your control that are causing it. That way you can make the necessary adjustments and get your sleep back on track.
Common causes of snoring are;
- When you lie on your back your throat, mouth and airway are more relaxed which makes you snore. Changing your sleeping position is easier said than done, we are creatures of habit and we have little control of our movements when we’re in deep sleep.
- If you drink alcohol before bed, you can lead to your airway tissues and muscles relaxing so much that you start to snore.
- If you don’t drink enough water, you might also trigger some noisy sleep. When you’re not well-hydrated, you cause the formation of mucus, which leads to an obstruction which makes you snore.
- Snoring can possibly be a symptom of a much deeper issue like sleep apnoea, a condition where your breathing starts and stops when you’re asleep. It’s connected to your anatomy, particularly, the structure of your airway. The team at Dental Pearls works with patients to help them to determine if there are underlying causes for your snoring. From there we can provide an anti-snoring appliance to help to stop the problem.
If you’re looking for a treatment for your snoring, and possibly to determine if sleep apnoea is the cause, our friendly team would be happy to assist and answer any of your questions. Get in touch with us today, and we can help you get the restful sleep you deserve!