I still remember my hostel days when I had to share room with my two other friends. One of my roomies was a great snorer. It was really very difficult to share room with her. My other friend and I used to cover our ears with pillows. We tried to avoid her as if she was suffering from some communicable disease. We wanted to complain about her and shift to the other room.
However, as she turned out to be a good friend we learned to cope with it. And yes! More importantly, she was sorry that we had to deal with her problem. She shared with us that her parents had even consulted doctors as they thought of it as a serious condition which required medical attention. So, instead of throwing her out of the room, we tried to help her by finding out easy fixes for snoring. Believe me! Those easy fixes helped her a lot.
So, Is Snoring Really a Disease?
Snoring is caused due to the obstruction of air flow. It is like all other sounds which are caused by vibrations that cause particles in the air to form sound waves. Some people snore occasionally whereas some are habitual snorer. Medically speaking, snoring is not considered as a disease in itself. However, there are multiple health risks associated to it if you are a habitual snorer.
Consulting with a medical professional is important if you are a habitual snorer as it may be a symptom of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea takes place when the natural breathing is disturbed during sleep. If not paid attention and left untreated it can cause hypertension, stroke, or heart failure.
When to Consult a Doctor?
Certain symptoms help you to be aware about your snoring problem. You should consult a doctor if you’re having symptoms like:
- Disproportionate daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Weight gain
- Disturbance in the normal pattern of sleep
- Trouble in your level of awareness, concentration, or memory
- Observed pauses in breathing during sleep
As a treatment one can do certain things to avoid sleep apnea.
- Change in diet
- Change medications
- Use of dental devices
- Use of nasal devices
In the case of serious sleep apnea, doctors may suggest surgery. Some of the surgical treatment of snoring includes nasal surgery, radio frequency energy, deviated septum, nasal polyps, oral surgery, uvulectomy, laser assisted uvulopalatoplasty, radio-frequency ablation of the palate and palate implants.
What to Do With Occasional Snoring?
Although occasional snoring does not seem like a big problem, it can annoy your partner a lot. Here are some of the ways to avoid occasional snoring.
- Weight loss
Well, thin people also snore but the snoring problem is persistent with the people having weight issues. If you’re snoring problem is due to your increasing weight, then weight loss will help you.
- Avoid alcohol
Drinking alcohol causes snoring problem too as it rests tone of the muscles in back of the throat. Avoid alcohol and have a good sleep.
- Change sleep positions
Sometimes the sleeping position causes snoring problem. Sleeping on your back makes the base of your tongue and soft palate collapse to the back wall of your throat, causing a quivering sound during sleep. Sleeping on your side may help avoid this.
- Stop smoking
Smoking annoys the membranes of the nose and throat which disturbs the airways and cause snoring.