Snoring: Common Treatments and Self-Treatments
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Snoring: Common Treatments and Self-Treatments

Medical treatment and Self-Treatment for Snoring.

 Snoring, although affects many, why so many snore is unknown.  The snoring sound is because of the air that passes over the uvula causes vibrations similar to woodwind instruments. Instead of rhythmic sounds, vibrations cause harsh, rasping noises. Sleeping on one’s back often contributes to the problem as well as having mouth open is a factor. However, some people still snore regardless with mouth open or closed.

 Alcohol consumption, use of muscle relaxants, tranquilizers, antihistamines, and other drugs or medications that relax the muscles of the throat and dry mucous membranes can cause snoring. Smoking is also known to have similar effect.

 Physical characteristics have a direct connection with snoring. Overweight people is three times more likely to snore than others. Blockage of nasal passages can also cause snoring, clear example would be people with overgrown adenoids and deviated septum. 


Medical Treatments 

There are no medical treatments for snoring itself, but a physician may seek ways to eliminate underlying cause. For example, taking decongestant may help nasal congestion. Some is also advised to wear mouth guard that can hold the upper and the lower teeth together to keep mouth close while sleeping. On the other hand, some might suggest surgery for over grown adenoids or deviated septum especially if snoring is linked to difficulty in breathing or increased number of sinus infection. Also, a surgical procedure to reshape or remove uvula and nearby structure may be recommended. However, said operations do not always solve the underlying problem.



The problem of snoring is somewhat helped through the process of trial and error. For example: 

  • Nasal strips that encourage nasal breathing by opening nostrils wider are said to reduce or eliminate snoring in many people. Strips are available in local pharmacies.
  • If you snore mainly on your back, change in sleep position is advisable.
  • Elevating your head while sleeping makes breathing easier. Putting extra pillow or cushion under the bed mattress might help.
  • Clean your room. Make sure to get rid of dusts and other allergens.
  • Avoid taking sleeping pills and alcohol to help you fall asleep. Instead, have a glass of warm milk and honey might do the trick.

If nothing helps, the person being disturbed by your snoring might resort to ear plugs.

Snoring may not be that near to death problem, may destroy relationships. Do not be ashamed. Ask for help.

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