Snoring is noisy breathing that occurs while people are asleep. It occurs physically when the air flow through the mouth and nose is obstructed.
Snoring happens when the surrounding soft tissues of the nose, the soft palate, or the pharynx vibrate while sleeping. People who snore have too much “floopy” tissue in the throat and nasal structures. The tongue can also get in the way of smooth breathing.
REASONS FOR SNORING:
• Sinus infections
• Nose deformities, such as deviated septa
• Nasal polyps causing obstruction
• High body mass index, or BMI
• Genetics, including extra throat tissue, enlarged tonsils, large adenoids, long soft palates, or long uvulae
• Sleep apnea
VARIOUS HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH SNORING:
The various health risks associated with snoring include things like obstructive sleep apnea, which creates major problems that include:
- Long interruptions of breathing
- Waking frequently from sleep
- Light sleeping
Prolonged suffering from obstructive sleep apnea results in higher blood pressure and will cause enlargement of the heart, thus elevating the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
A poor night’s sleep will lead to fatigue and drowsiness during the day. Snoring can also lead to low oxygen levels in the blood with constricted blood vessels in the lungs and eventually pulmonary hypertension and chronic headaches.
Lifestyle changes can help prevent snoring. Sleeping in a supine position, losing weight, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, and avoiding alcohol or any sedatives that may relax the muscles but interfere with breathing and establish regular sleep patterns can help prevent snoring.
If all efforts to stop snoring do not help, consult your physician.