Snoring is regarded by many as a harsh sound which is emitted by some sleeping persons. It happens when a person can no longer pass air freely through their nose down to the throat. The surrounding nasal tissues will be prone to vibrations and that vibration is what produces those unpleasant snoring sounds. Make no mistake, snoring can be a hereditary trait if the person comes from parents with the breathing disorder, Sleep Apnea.
Snoring is a key symptom of such breathing disorders as these:
• Nasal Septum Deviation
This is a rear type of disorder where the walls between the nose are displaced sideways. This deformity in the nasal anatomy often leads to snoring, nose bleeding and even physical deformity.
• Sleep Apnea
An estimated 40% of the cases of snoring all over the world can be attributed to this disorder. It involves repeated stops and starts in breathing, which can be likened to a faulty car that moves and stops and that is how a Sleep Apnea patient breathes. It is a rather serious breathing disorder but many tag it as mere catarrh. The symptoms include snoring, lack of sleep and periodic episodes of no breathing.
Causes of Snoring
1. Nasal problems [Hereditary]
There could be hereditary traits of some breathing disorders in your family. Always go for proper screening. Snoring is a familiar symptom of most breathing disorders.
2. Mouth structure
This has been the most common cause of snoring in Nigeria. This is when a person has a low soft palate. The soft palate is the roof of your mouth. If the muscles have grown thick, you are most likely to snore. Also, people who are fat or obese will have a high likelihood to snore due to the extra tissues in the back of their throats.
3. Alcohol Consumption
Are you still surprised that most rich businessmen snore during their sleep? Alcohol relaxes the throat muscles and the presence of ethanol reduces your body’s defenses against airway obstruction.
4. Sleeping Posture
This is a cause of snoring that people tend to overlook. Snoring is loudest and most frequent if a person is sleeping on his back and faces upward. The gravity effect sets in on the throat as it narrows the airway. The energy exerted to push the air upward to the nose increases vibration and results in a louder snore.
Simple solutions to snoring include:
• Adopt a good sleeping posture. Sleeping on your side instead of your back would be a good position to start with.
• If you have a chronic snore problem, try anti-snoring mouth tools like a mouth guard. They are, however, regarded as expensive.
• Keep the humidity of your bedroom moist and avoid dusty rooms.
• Always dehydrate your throat with water, then wash your nose before sleeping. To help cleanse the sinuses, apply decongestant.
• Quit smoking or alcohol because smoking disorganises the nasal membranes and alcohol causes thick and relaxed throat muscles which makes breathing difficult.
• Lose weight. Obese people are prone to snoring. So, reduce your weight and the fatty tissues in your throat will reduce, thereby helping your airflow.
• No one tells you this, but do not eat large meals before sleeping. Consume light food, especially milk or diary products.