Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Snoring

Snoring is a noisy breathing in sleep, also called sawing logs or stertor. It’s common for a man to snore. Many are occasional snorers. A few are habitual snorers. Since it is an indication of obstructed breathing, it should not be taken lightly.
An ENT specialist (ear, nose and throat) (otolaryngologist) may be consulted.


Snoring occurs if the free flow of breathing air is obstructed due to the vibration of relaxed tissues in the throat while sleeping. Vibration of the muscles of the roof of mouth (soft palate), tongue and throat will be more if the airway is narrowed more due to more relaxation.

Snoring is also caused by nasal allergy, infection or deformity.

Snoring can also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder. A person with this problem stops breathing for about ten seconds many times while sleeping.

Tips to reduce snoring:


  • Slightly elevate the head side of your bed.
  • Sleep on your side. Avoid sleeping on your back.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Avoid overeating.
  • Avoid sleeping pills and tranquilizers before going to bed.
  • Take regular exercise.
  • Lose weight if you are obese.
  • Nasal strip may be applied to increase the area of nasal passage.

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