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Snoring isn’t a disease but a symptom that signals a number of serious health concerns. Persistent snoring can result to poor quality of sleep, embarrassment, strained relationships, and possibly, a host of cardiovascular diseases. Snoring is no laughing matter so it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
If you’re embarrassed about your own snoring habits or if you sleep beside someone who habitually snores, then read on.
Get to the Root of the Problem: Why do you snore?
Before you answer this question, it’s important to gather supporting information about your snoring habits.
- How often do you snore?
- How loud is it?
- How do you exactly look when you snore? (Describe your sleeping position, your nose, mouth, etc.)
When snorers visit the doctor for diagnosis, most of the time, they have nothing to report. Their partners or flat mates might be able to point out their snoring problems but they are no match to a video recorder.
So, next time you visit a doctor for a checkup, be ready with your recorded sleeping video so you can give a clear account of your snoring habit.
A video recorder can capture invaluable details, which would otherwise be missed even by your spouse’s watchful eyes.
This will help sleep researchers and physicians objectively observe the sound of your breathing as well as the movement of your nose, mouth, and throat. They can draw initial assumptions on the possible cause/s of your snoring habits from there.
Once they have identified the root of your snoring problem, they will be able to recommend appropriate treatment or solution.
What Can You Do About Your Snoring Habits?
Now here’s the good news: snoring has a solution. You’d be surprised how that some remedies are natural and practical.
Guess what most doctors tell snorers the moment they visit their clinic?
4. Lose some weight.
If you don’t think you’re overweight, try to pinch a part of your tummy or arm. If you could feel some flab, then you should consider shedding a few pounds.
Loud snoring can be caused by a blockage of tissue (most likely excessive fats) along the airways.
Unless you change your eating habits and exercise more, it would be tough to lose these fatty tissues that block the airway.
3. Quit smoking.
Consuming cigarettes irritates and inflames the lining of your throat and nasal cavity.
Airflow is significantly decreased when the nasal air passage is congested or clogged.
If you can’t quit the smoking habit, try to minimize the number of sticks you consume every day. Then, do you best to avoid smoking at least four hours before bedtime.
3. Drink moderately.
Drinking heavily causes your pharynx muscles to relax, which results to loud snoring.
Even those who don’t habitually snore will breathe noisily after consuming too much alcohol before they sleep.
Reduce your alcohol intake or totally avoid drinking if you can.
2. Consult your doctor.
Many people join online forums to bring up this concern instead of seeing a doctor to handle the matter.
The general physician’s years of education, experience, and full examination are far more trustworthy than a bunch of opinions and advice shared by random people online.
A physician can correctly detect whether you’re suffering from a more severe condition such as obstructive sleep apnea.
1. Speak to a dentist.
Your dentist would be able point out whether your facial shape, your mouth, as well as your airway passage are the reasons for your snoring problem.
He or she can even recommend products and procedures after an extensive diagnostic examination of your oral cavity.
Some dentists would recommend mandibular advancement devices, throat sprays, or mouth washes depending on the result of your tests.
Ignoring your snoring problem won’t solve it. Get rid of the problem by slowly but steadily making lifestyle changes and seeking the medical and dental advice of specialists. Address this symptom before it develops into something worse.
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