The overall hassles resulting from snoring loudly may not be as instant as say, those people caused by a head-on car or truck crash but they're there and may possibly just be as frightening. That is why loud snores along with related sleep problems have to looked into seriously.
Pooh-poohing the condition is the equivalent of burying one's head in the sand. Other than the inconvenience (if not to the snorer themselves, then to their bedmates or housemates) and the embarrassment it brings, reasons to find ways to stop snoring have major health implications.
That reverberating, whistling, or buzzing sound a snorer makes is due to the vibration of the soft tissues located at the back of the throat. It sounds innocuous enough, right? Wrong. The snoring sound is an indication that the soft palate, uvula, and tonsils are flapping against each other; this happens when there is too much tissue in that area or when there is a narrowing or a blockage in the airway.
There are a few reasons that can cause either blockage or tissue slackening—or both—and this why you should watch out for them:
1. It's a threat to your health. Although it is not always the case, snoring is often a symptom of other health concerns. From obesity to sleep apnea and to the cascading health problems associated with each.
2. It'll deprive you of quality sleep. This in turn, will lead to poorer quality waking hours evidenced by low energy, poor mental acuity (slow reaction time and low concentration), and emotional volatility that can affect both your personal and professional life.
3. It can affect your personal relationships. Unless you live alone and have no plans of changing your solo existence, snoring can affect the people closest to you, literally. Your bed partner can suffer from all the effects of lack of sleep as you and can develop their own health concerns (deafness is one common issue) directly because of snoring.
The treatment on snoring depends on what is causing your snoring and how bad your snoring is. For some, changing sleeping positions may help reduce their snoring. For an overweight person, proper diet and losing weight is recommended. Avoid drinking alcohol before bedtime to prevent loud snoring.
The use of a dental appliance such as the snoring mouth piece could be another convenient yet effective way to stop snoring. As this may help your air pathways open while you are sleeping. Better ask your doctor if an anti-snoring mouth guard is a suitable treatment for your snoring. As for worse cases, surgery is another alternative to treat someone else's snoring condition.
Finding ways to stop snoring now, like the use of a snoring mouthpiece, may be as simple as going to your doctor for a quick check up or it may involve a longer, more complicated process, like nose or throat surgery. Either way, it's better to know your options than regret not doing anything about them later on.