In medical practice, snoring is a sound symptom that can accompany a person’s breathing in a dream. There can be many reasons for this phenomenon to occur. Doctors identify anatomical defects in the nasal passages and oral cavity, inflammation of the palatine tonsils, tumors in the nose, runny nose, obesity, and even malocclusion. Snoring can occur spontaneously and at any age, sometimes it becomes a constant problem or appears periodically in the presence of provoking factors. In any case, sleep snoring is a symptom that requires medical advice, because at first glance, a harmless sound phenomenon can develop into a life-threatening condition — sleep apnea. With this syndrome, short-term respiratory arrests are observed, leading to oxygen deficiency.
How to cure snoring? With such a question, only a small proportion of those who have sleep disorders turn to an ENT or somnologist. Most people who snore do not consider the sound phenomenon to be a pathology and try to cope with the alarming symptom on their own. Such actions are fraught with negative consequences, especially if the cause of snoring is not a common cold.
In order to protect your health and get rid of snoring in your sleep in the most effective and safe ways, it is important to seek medical help as soon as possible. Even a therapist can help with this. The medical specialist will take into account the patient’s complaints, if necessary, examine the oral cavity and nasal passages and possibly appoint a consultation with a narrow specialist, for example:
endocrinologist (if the patient is obese);
orthodontist (if there is a suspicion of a curvature of the bite);
otorhinolaryngologist (if snoring, according to the therapist, is associated with the pharynx, larynx or nasal cavity).
Sleep snoring due to allergies
If snoring in a dream appeared due to nasal congestion due to allergies, then it would be appropriate to consult not only a therapist, but also an allergist. The doctor will determine the cause of rhinitis and prescribe the optimal therapy, which will include vasoconstrictor drops or sprays for the nasal cavity.
For allergies, antihistamines may be recommended. Today, medications that are easy to use, which need to be taken only once a day, are especially common. Such medicines, as a rule, have a minimum number of possible side effects and well eliminate allergic manifestations. This group of drugs includes Erius and Allergo (desloratadine), Cetrin and Zodak (cetirizine) and Fexofast (fexofenadine). Each of the drugs presented is prescribed exclusively by a doctor, because often drugs have strict contraindications and may not get rid of the problem, but only harm health.
Effective treatment for snoring will depend on its cause.
If a sound symptom appears on the background of rhinitis or tonsillitis, then it is likely to disappear immediately after complete recovery.
If sleep snoring is due to anatomical defects in the larynx or nasal passages, assistive applicators or other devices, including mouth guards, retainers, and masks, may be recommended. Surgical correction is also possible. But the importance and necessity of such surgical methods is determined only by the attending physician, because any operation is a risk.
Often men and women, not knowing how to cure snoring, resort to the help of incompetent specialists. That is why today more and more often there are electromechanical wake-up devices. Such products are bracelets that create electrical or mechanical impulses that irritate the nerve endings on the upper limbs. The device works like an alarm clock, reacting to snoring in a dream and provoking awakening. Doctors do not recommend the use of such methods of snoring treatment, because they are not a therapy, and they increase sleep disorders.
Snoring clip and alternative medicine treatment
The modern market is filled with numerous assistive devices that, according to manufacturers, can treat snoring quickly and without consequences.
Silicone snoring clips are common and purported to show positive results after the first application. Treatment of snoring in this way, according to the manufacturer, is carried out at the expense of biologically active points located inside the nasal passages. The device is put on with one movement of the hand and outwardly resembles a horseshoe with small balls at the ends.
In fact, there is no evidence-based practice in modern medicine that would claim that snoring clips are effective. In addition, there are no points on the human body that would eliminate snoring forever. Putting on a snore clip before going to bed is useless. On the contrary, a dubious device can only impede nasal breathing and increase the sound symptom that accompanies a person’s sleep.
To find out how you can cure snoring in a particular case, you should consult with your doctor. Do not use dubious methods and non-patented non-medical preparations (masks, pillows, sprays, snoring clips, etc.), especially without consulting a competent specialist.
Be careful with alternative medicine, including herbal decoctions, tinctures, ointments and compresses. Alternative medicine prescriptions are allowed only on the advice of a doctor. The therapist or ENT can prescribe treatment with folk remedies in combination with drug therapy, for example, with tonsillitis or pharyngitis.
Sleep snoring is a symptom that may indicate a much more serious problem, such as sleep apnea. Every person who snore in their sleep should understand that the sound symptom accompanying breathing can be not only a social problem, but also significantly harm health. Snoring is a sign of difficulty breathing, which most often leads to significant sleep disturbances. Against the background of the sound phenomenon, short-term respiratory arrests can occur, which causes oxygen deficiency, and leads to damage to many body systems.
How to cure snoring? You can find out the answer to this question only after consulting a doctor. After all, a sound phenomenon can appear for various reasons, and one cannot do without a correct and accurate diagnosis. Don’t self-medicate.
Otolaryngology. National leadership. / ed. V.T. Palchuna - 2014