Snoring “spoils” many people’s lives with its terrible rattling, and not only those close to them, but also the snorer himself. Don’t make fun of someone who snores or get annoyed by their vibrating sounds. It is much better to look for the cause together and, when determining it, choose the most effective way to eliminate it. After all, very often snoring can be a harbinger of a serious illness, such as a stroke or myocardial infarction, because the work of the heart worsens. Also, due to constant snoring, hormonal disorders develop, hypertension is aggravated, and metabolism is disturbed.
Snoring is a specific process with a distinct vibrating sound that accompanies a person’s breathing throughout the night. By itself, snoring in women is no different from men. But, if in men it is in most cases considered a common occurrence, then snoring in women more often indicates a serious problem.
In addition to significant discomfort, snoring also causes other troubles, up to a serious family conflict. Very rarely, a snorer hears his “own vibrations”, which cannot be said about the sleeping person next to him. Annoying rattling noises throughout the night can negatively affect a loved one who shares a room or bed with a snorer. Upon awakening, he will feel irritable and tired. Indeed, when snoring, the volume of sounds emitted can reach 112 dB.
Causes of snoring
The causes of snoring differ from case to case. Very often it occurs in people with some airway defects. Malocclusion, narrowness of the nasal passages, elongation of the palatine uvula, all these pathologies are congenital, often leading to snoring. If changes are detected, the doctor will select the necessary corrective treatment, up to surgery. Snoring in women can be caused by excess weight, the presence of adenoids or polyps in the nose, defects in the nasal septum (for example, its curvature), as well as enlarged tonsils.
The tone of the pharyngeal muscles is negatively affected by smoking, drinking alcohol, abuse of sleeping pills, lack of sleep or fatigue, etc.
There are many reasons for snoring. It often affects overweight people. Overeating, especially at night, negatively affects not only the general condition of the body or the quality of sleep, but also the condition of the diaphragm. Excessive food intake puts pressure on it, which results in poor breathing and bowel function. It has been proven that with a weight loss of at least 10%, breathing during sleep improves.
Snoring often occurs when the wrong posture during the night rest, especially on the back. In this position, the tongue can sink, which contributes to the violation of the breathing process. To prevent the tongue from sinking in and, accordingly, snoring, it is recommended to slightly raise the headboard.
Alcohol abuse can lead to snoring and sleep apnea because alcoholic drinks relax the muscles in the throat.
With narrow airways, there is also a serious risk of stopping breathing during sleep.
Smoking can also cause snoring, as a result of irritation of the mucous membranes of the throat and nose with tobacco smoke. This can contribute to the development of the inflammatory process and swelling of the trachea or pharynx.
Treatment of snoring in women
Treatment for snoring may include one or more of the following:
- When obese, weight loss should be taken care of.
- The use of caps (special devices for the oral cavity), which can increase the tone and breathing through the nose. They usually reduce the volume and prevent vibration. Sometimes its complete disappearance is possible after prolonged use of the cap.
- An unusual breathing technique using the didgeridoo pipe. By playing this Australian pipe, the upper respiratory tract is trained, as well as the muscles develop and the larynx, nasopharynx and palate are strengthened.
- Implants can prevent snoring very effectively and quickly.
- Orthodontic treatment to correct jaw defects.
- The use of cryoplasty (cold treatment) or laser. This technique is based on achieving a therapeutic effect by exposing the palate mucosa to cold or heat, respectively.
The dangers of snoring
When snoring in women during a cold, due to impaired breathing through the nose, you should not worry too much. Of course, it irritates not only loved ones, but also interferes with the snorer himself, causing discomfort. Therefore, in the morning, fatigue and “brokenness” are very often felt. Loud snoring wakes everyone up, and the brain does not have time to recover and rest during the night, which leads to a decrease in performance. But as soon as the symptoms of a cold pass, the snoring itself will disappear.
Snoring contributes to some serious consequences. Among them, the most dangerous is sleep apnea (sudden holding of breath during sleep). During the night, apnea can be repeated several times, in the worst case, complete cessation of breathing is possible. In moments of apnea, the blood is not saturated with oxygen in full and its deficiency occurs. Therefore, people with sleep apnea are more prone to accidental nocturnal heart attacks and sudden death. When determining the cause of snoring and the occurrence of apnea, it is imperative to carry out specialized treatment.
According to the results of studies, it turned out that over time, snoring can lead to brain destructive changes that contribute to a decrease in the volume of the gray matter of the brain and, accordingly, to a decrease in mental abilities.
How to get rid
Proper sleep on your side is considered the best option for getting rid of “night serenades”. It is desirable to ensure the correct position of the head, so it is better to get rid of large pillows.
When the cause of snoring is difficulty breathing, the treatment of snoring should be aimed at restoring free breathing. Therefore, nasal drops or sprays can be used to clear the nose. In pathologies, surgery is indicated: correction of the nasal septum, removal of tonsils or polyps.
In some cases, drug or physiotherapy treatment of snoring is recommended, as well as weight loss in obesity.
Otolaryngology. National leadership. / ed. V.T. Palchuna - 2014