When every night the rolling snoring of a spouse or parent is heard from the bedroom, all family members cannot be envied. Many people snore so that the walls are shaking, and the rest of the family, sometimes even in another room, should forget about a calm, full sleep. But the problem of snoring is dangerous not only because of the sound, but also the pronounced harm to the health of the snorer and the nerves of those around him, up to divorces about this. Often, by eliminating excess weight, refusing to take certain medications and fighting bad habits, snoring can be reduced, but sometimes only radical interventions can help. What will help in eliminating or reducing snoring in different cases?
Snoring: a problem both medical and social
The terrifying sounds heard from the bedroom at night are not only a source of conflict in the family or a headache and sleep disturbance of the household, it is a serious medical problem and a real threat to the health and life of the snoring person himself. Snoring occurs due to the formation of obstacles to the flow of air during sleep, and it is typical for both adults and children. But just to endure it without making any effort and without sending the snorer to the doctor is impossible! This is due to a whole “bouquet” of negative consequences for the general condition and health of both the child and the adult family member. If a baby snores, this disrupts its growth and development, creating constant tissue hypoxia, leading to frequent illnesses and neurological abnormalities. If snoring is a problem for an adult, he is threatened with strokes with heart attacks, memory and attention disorders, and chronic fatigue.
Sleep disorders of a snorer
Pronounced snoring disturbs the sleep of both those around you and the person suffering from it, but you should not look for methods of getting rid of it on the Internet or resort to dubious folk recipes. Most often, these techniques are ineffective or dangerous, they can threaten complications and even greater sleep disorders. Against the background of snoring, normal ventilation of the lungs is disturbed, chronic hypoxia is formed, which leads to increased pressure and circulatory disorders of both the brain and all organs and tissues. Such a dream does not give a good rest, and a person gets up in the morning broken, lethargic or, conversely, overexcited. You can get rid of snoring only with the treatment of a somnologist (specialist in sleep disorders) or a neurologist, often in tandem with an ENT doctor and even a surgeon. Treatment in each case is selected individually, but for all snorers there are a number of general recommendations that, although they will not completely eliminate snoring, will make it less pronounced.
What methods of struggle are applicable
It is important to understand that it will not be possible to completely eliminate snoring with home methods alone and forever. There are quite well-working techniques that help reduce the manifestations of snoring, often completely getting rid of the terrifying sounds for a certain time. Often, lifestyle changes and some simple interventions can help eliminate snoring, but three approaches are most often combined:
- General and non-drug interventions, lifestyle changes
- Therapeutic techniques for eliminating snoring
- Surgical correction, radical interventions.
It is the first two groups that are most important in therapy, but without the desire and active participation in all procedures of the snoring patient, the effect cannot be achieved.
Excess weight as a cause of snoring and the fight against it
Often, it is overweight with fatty deposits in the neck and face that causes a person to start snoring. Approximately 10% of excess body fat leads to an increase in the strength of snoring by several decibels, respectively, and the risks of stopping breathing at night (apnea periods) sharply increase. Excess weight leads to hypoxia of the brain tissue and all tissues of the body, which leads to disruption of normal night sleep and ailments, poor health. The accumulation of excess weight is the cause of hypertension, impaired performance and headaches, lethargy. Therefore, those who are overweight and have begun to snore at night need to take up weight loss. Losing every kilogram of excess weight improves the general condition and helps in eliminating snoring.
Rejection of bad habits
Snoring is often caused by bad habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol. If a person smokes or stays in smoky rooms for a long time, it irritates the pharynx and larynx, forms chronic inflammation and edema, and lowers the tone of smooth muscles in the area of the airways. Thus, the habit of smoking contributes to the development or intensification of snoring due to the narrowing of the glottis and swelling of the airways. It is important to give up the habit to reduce snoring and normalize sleep, and if it is difficult to completely give it up, you should not smoke at least a couple of hours before going to bed.
Patients snore more because of the bad habit of drinking alcohol. This happens due to the relaxation of the muscle elements in the nasopharynx, sagging tissues and their vibration during breathing. 100 g of alcohol provide snoring and sleep disturbance at night for at least three hours.
Medications: their effect on snoring and sleep
Often, drugs that have a sedative effect or sleeping pills, as well as some antidepressants and tranquilizers, have a side effect — provoke snoring. Therefore, in the presence of snoring, in order not to increase its manifestations, the intake of these drugs must be discussed with the doctor. It is forbidden to use them on their own, this threatens to intensify sleep apnea attacks, which can only worsen the situation. If such drugs form a strong and pronounced snoring, you should consult a doctor with a request to replace them or cancel them altogether. It is necessary to monitor your condition throughout the day, protecting yourself from nervousness and stress, so that there is no need to take medication at night.
In addition, it is necessary to visit an ENT doctor and check the nasal septum and pharynx for structural anomalies and neoplasms that can lead to impaired air conduction. Allergic swelling of the nose or vasomotor rhinitis, as well as severe dryness of the air and a hot room, can lead to snoring. The doctor will advise methods to eliminate all influencing factors.