How to Stop Snoring
What is snoring? Snoring is the sound of airway resistance and turbulence that is caused by the flow of air through a relatively narrow passageway in the upper airway.
Almost half of the adult population snores. As we get older, we are more like to snore. Why do people snore?
By itself, snoring is mostly an annoyance to the bed partner. However, snoring may be a sign of more significant sleep disorders.
When we go to sleep the muscles in the back of the throat relax. These are the muscles that keep the airway patent. The smaller that the diameter of the airway becomes, the more resistance there is with airflow. This resistance causes noise – which is what we call snoring.
So, how to stop snoring?
Well, first it depends on what is causing the snoring.
There are several potential causes of snoring, as well as factors that can make snoring worse. As mentioned, age is a variable. With advancing age comes an increased likelihood of snoring. Weight is also a powerful variable. The more you weigh, the more you snore.
Drinking alcohol generally makes snoring more frequent and louder.
Same with sleeping in the supine position – on your back.
So what can you do to stop snoring?:
- Lose weight if overweight
- Don’t drink alcohol (at least not after 5 pm.)
- Try to sleep on your side
There are several medical treatment options for snoring. These include:
There is some date to support the logic that head position relative to the neck may increase airway. There are also some experimental devices that suggest alleviation of snoring.
Most therapies that are advertise products on how to stop snoring are not well studied in large sample size, double-blinded research protocol.
For more information on sleep apnea, visit American Sleep Association – Sleep Apnea Page .
See the above pages to find out more information about how to stop snoring.