Sleep apnea is a very real problem. Snorers — both men and women — not only do not let their soul mate sleep peacefully, but also endanger their own health, and sometimes life. The causes of snoring are varied. This can be a curvature of the nasal septum, excessive growth of the palatine tonsils, which in children are called adenoids, chronic runny nose and sinusitis, and even excess weight.
With obesity, adipose tissue accumulates not only in places familiar to us, but also in the nasopharynx, interferes with normal breathing and can cause short-term cessation of breathing during sleep, which deprives the body of much-needed oxygen. In addition, the snoring of the spouse, as a rule, interferes with the normal sleep of the household. As a result, the latter can get up sleepy, irritated and with a headache. How to deal with snoring in your sleep?
Apnea as a cause of snoring during sleep: the risk of heart attack
The most unsafe consequence of snoring is the cessation of breathing during sleep, the so-called sleep apnea, which can even lead to cardiac arrest. Loud intermittent snoring speaks of apnea. And perhaps the most harmless consequence of it is the inability to get enough sleep. Such people sometimes wake up from their own snoring, and in the morning they look wrinkled, sleepy and gloomy. This is due to superficial unrefreshing sleep against the background of snoring.
An important feature of snoring during sleep apnea is arterial hypertension. It occurs mainly at night and in the morning. If ordinary hypertension occurs during the day in response to some stressful situations, then a person wakes up in the morning, measures the pressure — and it is already elevated. Moreover, mainly the lower, or diastolic pressure, rises, for example, up to 150 to 110. In addition, from snoring with sleep apnea, the heart rhythm can be disturbed up to a heart attack or stroke. That is, snoring is a serious problem that can shorten a person’s life.
Another feature that characterizes sleep apnea snoring is frequent urination. A snorer can get up 3–4 times at night and urinate with a full bladder. This suggests that even at night a person is in a state of stress.
Types of snoring with sleep apnea
Sleep apnea can be of two types. The first is sudden frightening pauses for 30–40 seconds, up to a minute, followed by loud snoring. The second option is when snoring gradually increases and then abruptly stops. In fact, this means the closing of the airways, the moment of suffocation. Following this, from a lack of oxygen, the brain “emerges from sleep” and causes the airways to open. At this time, there is a sharp snoring. In the second option, the narrowing of the airways goes gradually, but at the end the same thing happens: the lack of oxygen wakes you up and makes you take a normal breath.
Snoring checkup: lose weight
What if a relative or spouse snores in sleep with signs of sleep apnea? Are there any remedies for snoring in this case? For good, such a snorer should spend a day in a special clinic for the study of snoring, where specialists will observe him at night and record what happens when breathing stops. There are many varieties of snoring and stopping breathing during sleep. One of them is positional snoring, when a person snores in one position and not in another. From a practical point of view, this is convenient. You can ask a snorer sleeping on his back to roll over on his side, which will open the airways and stop snoring. Thus, when a snorer lies on his side, there are no threats to his life — the sleeping position works against snoring and against breaks in breathing.
During the examination in the clinic, many sensors are attached to the patient’s body, which allow determining, in particular, oxygen saturation of the blood. The sensor is put on the finger, and during the night it makes up to 30 thousand measurements. When breathing stops, blood oxygen saturation drops, and this can be recorded. Another sensor simply detects whether a person is breathing or not. It looks like a thin tube with protrusions that are inserted into the nostrils. The tube is attached behind the ears.
In addition, during the whole night the patient’s electrocardiogram is recorded. So when breathing stops, a doctor watching a sleeping snorer sees what happens to his heart. Perhaps the only problem with such an examination is that not every person will be able to fall asleep, hung with sensors. But, interestingly, when normal breathing is restored during sleep, when an anti-snoring remedy is found, oxygen “burns” fat in abundance, and a person can get rid of excess weight.
The first piece of advice a snorer might hear from a doctor is to reduce weight. This in itself will improve the situation with snoring. There are more curious, simple and at the same time ingenious remedies for snoring. For example, a special pajama with a pocket at the back, between the shoulder blades, in which a tennis ball is placed. When the patient rolls over on his back in his sleep, the ball interferes with him, forcing him to take a position on his side. Lying on your back is simply impossible. However, it is unlikely that such a “technique” will help you sleep better. But snoring and sleep apnea will stop, and the body and brain will receive enough oxygen.
There is another remedy that facilitates nasal breathing during snoring. This is a narrow elastic strip with an adhesive composition on one side. The strip is fixed on the snorer’s nose, after wiping it (not the snorer!) With alcohol to degrease, otherwise the strip simply will not stick. During sleep, when the nostrils fall down, the strip, due to its springiness, straightens them, facilitating air access and stopping snoring.
Alternative methods of dealing with snoring
You can, of course, approach the problem of snoring from the other side — for example, buy earplugs or go to sleep in another room. But not everyone in the apartment has enough space, and in earplugs a person will sleep peacefully all night and … in the morning, that is, he will not hear the alarm clock. Moreover, co-sleeping is believed to strengthen and bring together marital relations. You can try numerous folk remedies, but it is still better to show a chronic snorer to a doctor. This can solve the problem once and for all, and save a person from diseases leading to snoring in a dream and unpleasant complications.