Help for the Occasional Snorer

| Posted On Nov 14, 2012 | By:

Sleeping in the same room with someone who snores can literally be exhausting. Occasional snoring, although a nuisance to those around you,  is usually not a serious problem. However, if your snoring is habitual, it is not only disrupting the sleep of others, but it also impairs your own sleep quality and can be an indication of a more serious medical condition. Just what causes snoring, what can you do to stop occasional snoring, and when should you seek medical help?

What is Snoring?

Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. This area is the collapsible part of the airway where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula. Snoring occurs when these structures strike each other and vibrate during breathing.

Causes of Snoring

Help for the Occasional Snorer

Adults who suffer from occasional snoring can try some self-help remedies:

When to Seek Medical Attention for Your Snoring

Habitual or heavy snoring can be an indication of a serious health issue called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Heavy snorers include people who snore constantly in any position or who negatively impact a bed partner’s sleep. OSA is characterized by multiple episodes of breathing pauses greater than 10 seconds at a time, due to airway narrowing or collapse. If you experience any of the following, you should contact your doctor for a sleep evaluation:

To rule out a more serious problem, your physician may refer you to a sleep specialist for a home-based sleep test using a portable monitor or an overnight stay at a sleep clinic. If a sleep study concludes that the snoring is not related to any sleeping or breathing disorders, you can discuss different treatment options to stop the snoring.

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Comments

  1. I really enjoyed this post about snoring. There are people out there that snore heavily and don’t realize it could be sleep apnea.

    Comment by David on November 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm
  2. I’ve been using a sleep apnea CPAP machine since last summer…no more snoring (which my husband appreciates) and the the added benefit for me of more energy during the day…check it out.

    Comment by Mark on December 6, 2012 at 7:33 am
  3. As a sleep apnea machine user, I can tell you what a differance it has made in my life. You get so used to the machine, that you don’t know you have it on. You get a good nights sleep, your partner will thank you, your health will improve. As my oxygen level was low, I also wear a mask to prevent sleeping with my mouth open.. I know this all sounds very cumbersome, but the differance it has made in my life, is well worth it.

    Comment by Pat on December 6, 2012 at 8:27 am
  4. Large tonsils can also be a cause of sleep apnea. I just had mine removed and while it is NOT a fun recovery for adults, I instantly noticed the difference. I woke up from surgery feeling like I had gotten an extra lung. Definitely worth looking to see if there’s a connection if you’re having sleep apnea.

    Comment by Kate on December 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm
  5. It’s really difficult to sleep with someone in a same room who snores. Great information about the causes of snoring has given here.

    Comment by stop snoring nz on March 9, 2013 at 2:13 am

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