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ITS GOODNIGHT TO SNORING

SNORING IS SERIOUS.

Are you tired of snoring?

Are you tired of being told that you snore?

Is snoring affecting your life?

We have a solution to help you say good night to snoring.

Snoring:

Snoring is a noisy breathing during sleep caused by the vibration of respiratory structures due to obstructed air movement.

Causes of Snoring:

While you sleep, the muscles of your throat relax, your tongue falls backward, and your throat becomes narrow and "floppy." As you breathe, the walls of the throat begin to vibrate -generally when you breathe in, but also, to a lesser extent, when you breathe out. These vibrations lead to the characteristic sound of snoring. The narrower your airway becomes, the greater the vibration and the louder your snoring. Sometimes the walls of the throat collapse completely so that it is completely occluded, creating a condition called apnea (cessation of breathing). This is a serious condition which requires medical attention.

The following conditions can affect the airway and cause snoring:

 

1. Your mouth anatomy. Having a low, thick soft palate can narrow your airway. People who are overweight may have extra tissues in the back of their throats that may narrow their airways. Likewise, if the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate (uvula) is elongated, airflow can be obstructed and vibration increased.

2. Alcohol consumption. Snoring can also be brought on by consuming too much alcohol before bedtime. Alcohol relaxes throat muscles and decreases your natural defenses against airway obstruction.

3. Nasal problems. Chronic nasal congestion or a crooked partition between your nostrils (deviated nasal septum) may contribute to your snoring.

4. Sleep deprivation. Not getting enough sleep can lead to further throat relaxation.

5. Sleep position. Snoring is typically most frequent and loudest when sleeping on the back as gravity’s effect on the throat narrows the airway.

Risk factors

Risk factors that may contribute to snoring include:
1. Sex: Men are more likely to snore or have sleep apnea than are women.
2. Being overweight. People who are overweight or obese are more likely to snore or have obstructive sleep apnea.
3. Having a narrow airway. Some people may have a long soft palate, or large tonsils or adenoids, which can narrow the airway and cause snoring.
4. Drinking alcohol. Alcohol relaxes your throat muscles, increasing the risk of snoring.
5. Having nasal problems. If you have a structural defect in your airway, such as a deviated septum, or your nose is chronically congested, your risk of snoring is greater.
6. Having a family history of snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. Heredity is a potential risk factor for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Complications

Habitual snoring may be more than just a nuisance. Aside from disrupting a bed partner’s sleep, if snoring is associated with OSA, you may be at risk for other complications, including:
1.  Daytime sleepiness
2.  Frequent frustration or anger
3.  Difficulty concentrating
4.  A greater risk of high blood pressure, heart conditions and stroke
5. An increased risk of behavior problems, such as aggression or learning problems, in children with OSA

6.  An increased risk of motor vehicle accidents due to lack of sleep

Treatment

To treat your snoring, your doctor likely will first recommend lifestyle changes, such as:
1.  Losing weight
2.  Avoiding alcohol close to bedtime
3.  Treating nasal congestion
4.  Avoiding sleep deprivation
5.  Avoiding sleeping on your back
6.  Anti-snoring devices.

Want to get yourself treated.
Visit our specialist at Dr Kochar’s House of Smiles and gift yourself a peaceful sleep.

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