In this article, you will read about the causes of throat snoring and how to deal with them.
About half of adult men and about one-third of adult women snore in their sleep. Throat snoring can be categorized from mild to severe. But even soft snoring can disrupt sleep and lead to chronic insomnia, and it can also lead to marital problems.
How do we snore?
When we are asleep, the body muscles relax, including the throat muscles, which loosen and make the throat narrower. Then when we breathe, the throat walls begin to vibrate, causing a noise, which we know as snoring—the narrower the throat, the louder the snoring.
The reason that men snore more than women is because of their physiology. Men are more likely to be overweight or obese, and being overweight puts more strain on the upper respiratory tract. Also, men usually have larger necks than women, which puts more weight on the throat. Besides, men have larger noses and taller mouths. So the long palate deepens the throat and strengthens the nose. For this reason, men have louder snoring than women.
For women, a point is that with the onset of menopause, snoring increases. Before menopause, the hormones estrogen and progesterone have a protective effect on the airways, but this changes after menopause. However, men still have more sleep apnea and throat snoring than women, but menopause shortens the gap.
What makes snoring worse?
Alcohol and antidepressant pills relax the muscles of the upper respiratory tract, thus increasing snoring. Also, lying on the back causes the tongue and palate to come down and partially block the airway.
Weight gain can also lead to restless sleep. For this reason, doctors usually suggest that a lifestyle should be adjusted to eliminate snoring.
Lifestyle changes such as:
- Weight loss
- Not drinking alcohol
- Giving up sedatives (in consultation with a doctor)
- Sleeping on your side
These are the first steps to fight to snore.
When does snoring become a health problem?
20 to 25 percent of snoring may be a degree of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing stops temporarily during sleep. Typically, a person with obstructive sleep apnea presents with other symptoms besides snoring.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a feeling of suffocation or shortness of breath during sleep, snoring that stops abruptly and then continues with a deep breath or shortness of breath, often noticed by a roommate or spouse. Other symptoms include morning sleepiness and constant tiredness throughout the day. Sleep apnea should be evaluated and treated.
What are throat snoring solutions?
If snoring causes apnea, the first step is to change lifestyle. Weight loss, no alcohol, along with medical treatment such as using a custom dental device that pulls the jaw to open the airway, or a continuous positive pressure device (CPAP), which acts by pressing air into the throat through a mask and hose or even surgery.
Surgery can stop throat snoring due to a structural problem such as large tonsils or septal deviation. There is also a surgical procedure directly targeting the Uvula & Soft Palate to reduce or stop snoring. We will write about it in another article.
Minimally invasive treatment options include lifestyle changes such as sleeping on your side, not drinking alcohol, weight loss and avoiding sleeping pills. An ear blocker is recommended for the spouse of the snoring person to prevent sleep disturbance.
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