November 14, 2011 Leave a comment
Snoring can be a minor annoyance, or it could put your health and relationships at risk. Here’s the basic information about what causes snoring and how to treat a noisy environment.
Snoring can range from a gentle hum of random, so persistent, the walls shaking racket. The reasons, however, always the same: “The fabric of vibration, air battles to get through the respiratory tract,” says Rochelle Goldberg, MD, president of the American Sleep Apnea Society. “Think about anchor flag on a windy day.”
Snoring is a sign that the air can not flow freely through your airways during sleep, Dr. Goldberg says. This resistance usually arises as a result of narrowing or obstruction of the seats in the nose, mouth or throat.
Buzz For Snoring
It has been estimated that 45 percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally and 25 percent snore habitually. Common causes include:
* Deviated nasal septum
* Enhanced shell (shelflike bones, which act in the nasal cavity)
* Nasal polyps
* Swollen tonsils or adenoids
* Much of the soft palate, uvula, or large a large base of tongue
* Weakness or a small jaw, which falls back when you sleep
* Poor muscle tone tongue or throat
Some medications, such as those that control the pain, or sleep, and alcohol contribute to the problem, causing the tongue or throat muscles relax more than usual. This allows the tongue to fall on the back of the throat or the throat muscles to draw, making the obstruction worse.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring can be more than just irritating, it can be a symptom of a potentially serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). All that prevents airway can be blocked so full that air can not pass, and stop breathing. When your dips in blood oxygen is low, it causes your brain to wake you up so you can breathe, but not enough to wake you – so you do not know what was happening. All of you know that you wake up feeling tired.
The first step in treating snoring, to make sure that you do not have OSA, says Goldberg. You may have to undergo a sleep study, during which you will be connected to a machine that controls your breathing, eye movements and brain waves during sleep.
After the OSA is not ruled out the most effective treatment for snoring is to improve air flow. Goldberg recommends nasal sprays to keep the nose clear when you have allergies and room humidifiers and more retail products such as salt spray or special gel to keep the air spaces and airways moist. She also advises snoring to avoid anything that irritates the respiratory tract, such as smoking. Some people also find it helpful to avoid foods that produce mucus membranes in the throat or cause or tongue to swell.
Some of the available treatment options include:
* Homemade solution. One of the easiest, cheapest and most effective remedy, put a tennis ball in a sock and sew or pin it in your pajamas, between the shoulder blades, so that every time you roll on your back, you wake up. The idea to make you sleep on your side, making it easier for the airway to remain open.
* Oral devices. Some oral appliances can be effective if the snoring coming from the back of the throat, for example, soft palate, says Goldberg. However, she recommends ordering custom from one dentist, as the level of success without a prescription online technology hawked mediocre. Continuous positive airway pressure devices are commonly used to treat snoring.
* Surgery. There are surgical procedures designed to open the airways, reducing the tissue of the soft palate, uvula, base of the tongue, or nasal turbinate. But all the operations are not without risk, Goldberg warns. Surgery can also change the tone of voice, so she advises actors or singers to think very carefully before undergoing any of these operations.
* Component procedures. One new order, which shows the promise of post procedure, in which three silicon rods, each less than an inch long, are inserted into the small of the sky. The idea is to stabilize the sky, so it does not vibrate as air passes. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, takes about 15 minutes, and it is “about as minimally invasive surgery, as you can get,” says Goldberg. However, she notes that it is only effective in 50 to 60 percent of cases, although others claim success may be higher than 90 percent.
If your snoring is a problem, you can seek professional help – http://www.everydayhealth.com/sleep/expert-answers-on-sleep.aspx. If nothing else, it can allow you and your partner to finally quiet night of rest. Anyone who has struggled with sleep problems knows that they can lead to more than just a little fatigue — they can damage your health and affect your entire life. In this roundtable, sleep experts share their insights into how genetics, environment, and your habits may be keeping you from a good night’s sleep. Read what they have to say.