It is estimated that 45% of people snore regularly, while 25% are severe snorers. Snoring can often reach a pitch 80 decibels, which is equivalent to the noise created by the passage of a motorcycle! The problem may appear to be small, however, snoring can cause serious complications, not to mention the inconvenience it causes for many people who are around. But new options have emerged in recent years suggesting better days for those who snore and their loved ones!
While almost everyone knows exactly what snoring is, not many can explain the reason behind. In fact, a narrowing of the passage at the back of the throat causes snoring. During sleep, the soft palate, uvula and tongue relax gradually. If these organs are too large, they can cause airway obstruction. Incidentally, the trapped air then vibrates the tissue and causes snoring.
In adults, the phenomenon may worsen after a meal with lots of water or taking sleeping pills because at that time, there is an excessive relaxation of throat muscles. In children, large tonsils can cause this problem. In some cases, snoring can also be caused by a large nasal obstruction (because of allergies, chronic sinusitis, etc.).
Although most of the time the snoring does not pose any threat the health of the individual, but it causes a multitude of personal problems and often causes great anxiety for the person who is victim.
The example of Charles, 37, is very revealing “I started snoring has gradually installed in my nights in my late twenties. Initially, the noise was occasional and not very strong,” he explains. “But in recent years, it’s hell. I snore very loudly and it has complicated my relationship with my wife and my close friends and creates problems when we are going for getaways or trips.”
Snoring: Practical Solutions
1. Avoid alcohol, large meals and sleeping pills.
2. Choose a diet to lose weight if you are obese.
3. Try new sleeping positions: sleeping on your back favors snoring, sleep more on the side.
4. If these options do not help, see an ENT specialist who will identify the cause of snoring.
5. Under general anesthesia, surgery of throat carried under general anesthesia is known to improve the situation in approximately 70% of people.
6. Under local anesthesia, laser surgery and treatment by radiofrequency also brings significant improvements.
Snoring is different from sleep apnea as it usually has no serious consequences on health. Apnea disorder occurs when respiratory obstruction in the throat prevents outlet air into the lungs for at least 10, sometimes 15 seconds, several times a night.
A person chokes and wakes up. This problem obviously causes fatigue in the affected subject, irritability as well as drowsiness during the day. In the long term, poor oxygenation can cause heart problems, hypertension and even increase the risk of heart attack.