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What causes Snoring and it's treatment

What is Snoring?


Snoring is a common condition that occurs to men and women of all ages, although it occurs more often in men and in people who are overweight. While snoring can be a mild disorder, it can also be the sign of a dangerous medical condition.
What causes Snoring and it's treatment
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An estimated 40% of adults in the U.S. snore. And, men, you tend to out-snore women.And despite the myth that snoring is a sign of deep sleep, there's really no upside to it.When we sleep, if the air that moves through our nose and mouth has a clear passage, we can sleep silently. But when the airways are narrowed, we snore.

According to Wikipedia,"Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. In some cases, the sound may be soft, but in most cases, it can be loud and unpleasant. Snoring during sleep may be a sign, or first alarm, of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Research suggests that snoring is one of the factors of sleep deprivation."

What are the causes of snoring?


Snoring is more likely in the presence of:

✓Obesity
✓Increased neck circumference above 43 cm in some studies
✓Alcohol, sedatives, and antidepressants, which produce muscular relaxation and so narrows the airways
✓Smoking and allergies can cause airway inflammation which further narrows the airway and produces snoring.
✓Obstructive sleep apnea is a known risk factor for snoring.

How common is snoring?


According to medicinenet.com,"Any person can snore. Frequently, people who do not regularly snore will report snoring after a viral illness, after drinking alcohol, or when taking some medications.

People who snore can have any body type. We frequently think of a large man with a thick neck as a snorer. However, a thin woman with a small neck can snore just as loudly. In general, as people get older and as they gain weight, snoring will worsen."

Treatment for snoring


1.Drink more water. 


Staying hydrated is always a good idea, particularly for snorers. Dehydration leads to mucus forming in your nose which could make you snore. Drinking about 3.7 liters of water for men, and about 2.7 liters of water for women is highly recommended.

2.Ginger and honey tea


Ginger is the most common household item. It is a superfood which can cure almost anything - from an upset stomach, weight loss, heart problems to a common cough and cold. Ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent and increases saliva secretion, which soothes the throat and provides relief from snoring. Drinking ginger and honey tea twice a day is perfect to get rid of the problem of snoring.

3.Quit smoking


Tobacco smoke irritates mucous membranes, so your throat swells, narrowing the airway. Smokers also have more problems with nasal congestion.

4.Medication


Some people find relief from snoring by taking medications such as pseudoephedrine and domperidone.

5.Sleeping position


As simple as that. Sleeping on your back often causes the relaxed tissues or tongue to block the airway. This means that your sleeping position might actually be the reason behind snoring.
So, instead of sleeping on your back, you can try sleeping on your sides, on your belly or in a semi-upright position. Another common method that snorers have tried is to sew a tennis ball on the back of their shirt.
This helps them avoid sleeping on the back and allows them to practice sleeping in different positions.

6. Lose weight


People who are overweight are more likely to snore. Poor muscle tone around the throat and fatty tissue can contribute to snoring. Exercising regularly along with consuming a healthy diet can help in weight loss and eventually prevent snoring.

Surgery treatment for snoring


According to southerncross.co.nz,"Various different types of surgery are used to reduce or eliminate snoring. Some aim to remove obstructions or adjust structures in the nose, throat or jaw. Other procedures use scarring (with a sclerosing liquid), heat (with a laser or cauterizer) or implants to firm-up or support the soft palate. 

An individual should discuss with their doctor what surgical options might be relevant to their specific situation."