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What is snoring?
Snoring is a noise created during sleeping when we breathe. It may not cause any complications for the snorer, but it may be so loud that it disturbs other sleeping individuals.
Sometimes it can also disrupt the individual’s sleep who snores, making them sleepy during the day.
Snoring occurs when air cannot readily pass through the mouth or nose. When air is driven through an obstruction, soft tissues in the mouth, nose, and throat collide and vibrate. The vibrations produce a rattling, snorting, or growling noise.
Snoring now and then isn’t typically a big deal. But long-term (chronic) snoring can signify a serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnoea. So for habitual snorers to sleep peacefully at night, medical aid may be required.
What causes snoring?
Snoring happens when the passage of air via your mouth and nose becomes obstructed. Air is forced through your nose, mouth, and throat as you breathe.
When the airway is blocked, tissues such as the soft palate (the rear of the roof of the mouth), tonsils, adenoids, and tongue vibrate against one other as you drive air through.
The following are some common factors that can obstruct airflow:
- Alcohol and other sedatives relax muscles, causing airflow to be restricted.
- Nasal congestion and inflammation are caused by a cold, flu, allergies, or airborne irritants.
- Soft tissue enlargement, such as enlarged adenoids, tonsils, or tongue.
- The airway size is reduced because of structural changes in the mouth, nose, or throat.
- Lack of muscular tone and muscle weakness in the mouth, nose and throat.
- Excess body fat compresses the airway and exerts pressure on the soft tissues.
- Gravity forces the soft tissues of your throat to fall back and restrict your airway when you sleep on your back.
Symptoms of snoring
Snoring noises can range from mild vibrations or whistles to loud growling, snorting, or rumbling. It is often associated with a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnoea.
The following are signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea:
- May suffocate or gasp for air at night
- Observed breathing pauses when sleeping
- Nighttime chest ache
- Sleep deprivation
- Excessive drowsiness during the day
- Having a dry mouth and/or a painful throat when you wake up
- Headaches in the morning
- Concentration problems
- High blood pressure
- Reduced libido
Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Solution
A variety of oral gadgets or mouthpieces that a dentist may fit to solve your snoring issues are now available. By keeping the lower jaw from sliding back during sleep, you will be able to eliminate snoring.
A custom-made mouthpiece is made from impressions of your teeth to ensure a comfortable fit.
The mouthpiece, which is made of durable plastic, is worn at night and functions by holding the lower jaw slightly forward. This posture significantly widens your airway, helping you to breathe better and, as a result, sleep better.
Sleeping methods to help you stop snoring
Stop snoring at bedtime with these tips:
- Nose passageways should be clear. Before going to bed, flush your sinuses with saline if you have a stuffy nose.
- Alter your sleeping posture. Elevating your head four inches may help you breathe easier and shift your tongue and jaw forward.
- Instead of lying on your back, try sleeping on one of your sides.
- Maintain moist air in the bedroom. A humidifier may relieve swelling of nasal tissues because dry air can irritate membranes in your nose and throat.
- Consider using an anti-snoring mouthpiece.
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1. Is snoring normal?
Snoring isn’t generally a severe issue until it occurs frequently.
But, it is important to visit a doctor if it becomes disruptive or if a person exhibits additional symptoms.
2. What are the common factors that can cause snoring?
People snore for various reasons; that’s why it’s critical to understand what’s causing your snoring.
Some common factors include:
- Smoking and drinking alcohol
- Using antidepressants or muscle relaxants
- Sleeping on your back
- Sleeping with your mouth open
- Allergy or cold-related congestion
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr Nishant Hurria
Dr Nishant Hurria is an Australian-based health professional and the principal dentist of Warrnambool Dental with a special interest in Crowns & Bridges and Dental Implants.