The vibration of the soft tissues of the nose and mouth causes snorting noises referred to as snoring. Anybody can snore, and research has shown that about 30% of women and 45% of men snore in their sleep on a regular basis. Others snore on occasion after taking certain medications, drinking alcohol or after having a viral illness. These individuals generally do not seek snoring treatment.
Many are under the preconceived notion that mainly large, overweight men snore, but women of slim stature can be regular snorers as well. Some snoring comes from the narrowing of the back of the throat, while others have narrowing of airways in the nose or mouth. There are those individuals that snore only when they sleep in particular positions. There are many different causes for snoring and there are products to snoring treatment increasingly appearing on the market.
The relaxing effects of alcohol and some medications can cause snoring in some individuals. For many snoring is an underlying issue to a more serious condition such as sleep apnea. Of course often it is the partner of the snorer that suffers the most and goes out seeking snoring treatment for their partner. Even if the snorer does not suffer from a more serious condition, the partner may eventually due to a lack of sleep.
It is important to know whether a case of snoring is part of a more serious condition. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition where the individual stops breathing for a short period of time. OSA can lead to other sever health issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and heart attack. Snoring treatment is advised in order to avoid the more serious health issues.
In order to be appropriately evaluated for more serious issues related to snoring, the individual that snores and their bed partner should both be present. After all, the snorer cannot say what they do in their sleep. A physical exam will be performed and many questions asked about daily schedule, sleep pattern, etc. The individual may also be sent to a specialized clinic for a sleep study to rule out a more serious condition. After all results are in, then snoring treatment can be recommended.
Often the partner of the snorer is the one that suffers most from the snoring. In these cases the snorer can choose some non-surgical means of snoring treatment. Sometimes behavioral changes such as weight loss, regular exercise regime, avoiding drinking alcohol and possible medication changes can be helpful. There are also dental devices that can be created especially for the individual. 70% to 90% of snoring cases can be improved in this manner. There are also nasal devices and allergy medications and nasal saline that can assist in alleviating snoring.
Anybody can snore, and research has shown that about 30% of women and 45% of men snore in their sleep on a regular basis. There are both surgical and non-surgical remedies, depending on the severity of the issue. Sometimes the sleeping partner has more issues with the snoring than the snorer, but other times snoring is just a byproduct of a more severe medical condition. In any case snoring treatment of one form or another is available.