What Causes The Sound Of Snoring?
Snoring can be an irritating problem which can cause significant loss of sleep. Resentment and chronic tiredness may lead to relationship difficulties. It is caused by the loose soft tissues of the pharynx vibrating when the muscles relax during sleep. The vibration occurs when the air moves past during breathing.
Particularly loud snoring might occur in those with obstructive sleep apnoea. This is a condition where people briefly stop breathing whilst asleep. This is because their airways relax so much that they close up and block the air movement. As no air moves for a short period the oxygen level goes down and the carbon dioxide level goes up. Both of these stimulate the individual's brain to wake them up.
Risk factors for OSA include obesity, large neck diameter, smoking tobacco and diabetes. Diagnosis is highly important. This is because there is an increased risk of coronary and cerebral artery disease. This could lead to stroke or heart attack. People who could be affected should visit their GP. This is for control of risk factors, diagnosis and potential treatment.
Signs include loud snoring, daytime sleepiness and see-sawing of the chest at night. Partners definitely need a good pair of ear plugs to help them sleep. ZenPlugs are ideal for use at night. This is because they are custom fitted to your ears and don't protrude. This stops them digging in on rolling over. They also don't get dragged out when they rub on the pillow. The high density thermoplastic is excellent at blocking the sound of snoring.
There are some simple treatments which can really help with loud snoring. Orthopaedic pillows are a good example of this. They a formed and support the head and neck in a neutral position during sleep. This helps to hold the soft tissues of the throat open, preventing the snoring.