Can you stop snoring?

SNORING AND YOUR SLEEP

Snoring is the most frequently reported sleep disorders related to breathing. While it is not necessarily unhealthy, it can be one of the signs of a more pressing health problem. If you have ever shared a bed or living space with someone who snores, you also know that the unpleasant, persistent stream of sound can ruin more than one person’s good night of rest. Unnecessary snoring can affect everyone who is trying to sleep peacefully at night, but getting the problem under control starts with identifying the source of snoring. A variety of issues can lead to snoring problems, including airway issues such as nasal disease, oral health, body type, weight gain and lifestyle choices.

Understanding the cause of snoring is one of the most important steps in finding a solution. Snoring is most often caused by turbulent passages of air moving through one’s throat resulting in vibrations. Usually, vibrations of the tongue, adenoids and tonsils are responsible for the actual sounds. Aging, sleep position, nasal congestion and body/mouth anatomy can all contribute toward worsening an already bothersome condition, and lead from noisy vibration into dangerous obstruction.

It is very important to first ensure that your snoring is not a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, which can be determined through a home or hospital study.  Speaking with your physician is important if you suspect a problem. Take our survey now.

HOW CAN YOU STOP SNORING?

Once you determine that your breathing problems are not related to obstructive sleep apnea, you are left with managing your snoring.  Fortunately for snorers everywhere, there are a variety of treatments available to stop or minimize the impact of snoring. While healthier lifestyle choices can make a big impact, you may also find the best way to stop snoring in some of the solutions listed below.


STOP SNORING WITH THERAVENT

Stop SnoringTheravent Advanced Nightly Snore Therapy is one device that uses EPAP, or Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure, to utilize your own breathing force to stop snoring. When the nasal strip is applied across the nostrils during sleep, its Micro-Valve technology creates a gentle pressure during exhalation that causes your throat and nasal airways to open slightly wider. By allowing your airway to widen, many throat vibrations are eliminated. Theravent has been proven in clinical studies to reducing snoring by 76 percent*. Theravent is available in three strengths – LITE, REGULAR, MAX – to offer a solution to light, moderate and heavy snorers.


STOP SNORING WITH CPAP

Another way of controlling snoring is through Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP. Through a CPAP machine placed over the mouth or nose, a constant stream of air is pumped into the throat airway while the wearer sleeps,  keeping the throat open and overall reducing the sound of snoring. This is the gold standard for sleep disordered breathing, particularly with obstructive sleep apnea.


STOP SNORING WITH ORAL APPLIANCES

Somnoguard APThere is no universal solution to snoring, so finding one that works best for you starts with educating yourself on the many snoring devices available. For those with favourable dental and jaw health, an oral appliance, such as the Somnoguard AP, may be useful to pull the lower jaw slightly forward, creating more space in the throat and leading to reduced vibration.


STOP SNORING NATURALLY

SnoringFor those who would like to stop snoring but are hesitant to seek medical treatment, there are several natural options available. Solutions that may last a lifetime involve adopting an overall healthier lifestyle by quitting smoking or losing weight, for example, but there are other natural remedies such as sleeping on your side, staying hydrated, keeping a good sleep schedule, avoiding alcohol/sedatives and getting moderate exercise that can certainly make immediate differences in your sleeping experience.


STOP SNORING WITH SURGERY

Palate flapFor those with severe snoring that is not helped by lifestyle modification or assistive device, surgery may be an option. While often reported as uncomfortable and in some cases, expensive for non-insured services, for some patients it can be a welcome final resort. Through careful modification of the nasal passage, uvula, palate or tongue a surgeon may largely reduce or eliminate snoring. Common soft tissue surgical techniques include using radio frequency energy, removing nasal polyps, correcting a deviated septum, inserting palate implants and performing a uvulectomy. Hard tissue surgery involving the upper and/or lower jaw is also possible. However, surgery may not be a complete cure to the problem and many patients report still needing anti-snoring devices after surgery.


SUMMARY

Snoring has been enough of a problem to warrant a lot of research and effort to try to deal with it.  Due to the complex anatomy and physiology of the upper airway, one single technique is not likely to control all of the snoring.  Lifestyle changes and good sleep hygiene are key to getting started.

*  Doshi, R., Westbrook, P.  Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy 2012; 7(4) : 1-5.
 
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