1. Does snoring indicate good sleep?
Snoring does not indicate good sleep. It indicates the presence of an obstruction to the flow of air. It disturbs the quality of sleep of the person and those around them.
2. Is there a treatment available for snoring?
The common treatment involves correcting the cause of snoring, such as losing weight, treating nasal congestion, avoiding sleep deprivation and avoiding consumption of alcohol. Other dependable treatment options include upper airway surgery, use of close-fitting mouthpieces and continuous positive airway pressure in which air is pumped into the airway to keep it open.
3. Can taking sleep medications cure snoring?
Sedatives actually worsen the symptoms of snoring as they act on the throat muscles and relax them. It is recommended to consult a doctor to determine the best way to prevent snoring.
4. Can surgery treat snoring?
Surgery may be recommended when excessive snoring does not lessen with other methods. Upper airway surgery involves the removal of excess tissue from the throat region to open the airway. Another method to open the airway involves shifting the upper and lower jaws forward, shrinking the palate tissue or stimulating the hypoglossal nerve, which prevents the tongue from blocking the airway.
5. Can change is sleeping position stop snoring?
Generally, lying on the back increases snoring. It is recommended to sleep on the side as this prevents obstruction of the airways. Lying down with your head elevated slightly can also help prevent snoring.
If breathing is partially obstructed, then a harsh or hoarse sound is generated either from the nose or mouth and this sound is called snoring. The snoring is similar to that of our vocal cords vibration which makes a noise. While sleeping, the turbulent airflow causes the tissues of the palate present in the nose and throat to vibrate and results in snoring with a sound that can be heard.
There are different reasons for snoring for different individuals. A few of the causes of snoring are:
Palatal snoring is a type of snoring that occurs when an individual breathes through the mouth due to nasal obstruction.
The doctor will enquire about the patient about his/her medical and medication history. In severe cases, the doctor may evaluate the signs and symptoms along with the time and severity of snoring. In a few cases, the doctor may check the airways problems by the following tests:
After suggesting a few lifestyle changes to treat snoring, the doctor may suggest the following ways:
To prevent snoring, there are few home remedies and they are: