In the virtual space, you can find hordes of anecdotes and jokes about “snorers”, as well as a lot of folk advice about the treatment of heavy snoring in women. The most popular: wake up and make love; sew a tennis ball to the nightgown in the area of the shoulder blades and sleep on your side; adapt to a high pillow, etc. Sometimes they bring relief, but do not eradicate the problem. We will tell you how to help get rid of unpleasant symptoms.
“School of firefighters”, or Why does she snore?
“I don’t snore, but I purr,” the representatives of the beautiful half of humanity are trying to laugh it off. But even if their nightly “roulades” are very euphonious and do not violate legislative acts on the maximum permissible decibels, snoring (as snoring is called in scientific circles) is a serious medical problem.
The fact is that the true root cause of the occurrence of low-frequency sounds generated by the vibration of soft tissues in the pharynx and larynx is always a violation of the airway, which can be:
as in a certain area (for example, at the level of an injury to the nasal septum);
and multilevel (at the levels of the palatine and nasopharyngeal space, retrograde-lingual or hypopharyngeal lesions).
Snoring can be provoked (performing “solo” and “in ensemble”):
persistent habit of sleeping on your back;
advanced age and natural aging of tissues;
not only chronic alcohol abuse, but also the seemingly innocent fun of periodically tasting alcohol-containing drinks for the coming dream;
taking certain medications;
special anatomical structure of the skull;
chronic rhinitis and other pathologies of the nose;
syndrome of permanent respiratory arrest, or obstructive sleep apnea (OSAS), etc.
The extreme of the listed causes of rochnopathy is the most dangerous. After all, any cessation of breathing in a dream can lead to asphyxia, being fatal. That is why it is worth consulting a doctor if a woman develops severe snoring, entrusting the treatment to the reliable hands of a therapist or a sleep specialist who deals with various sleep disorders.
Let’s talk about the methods of treatment that modern medicine has.
Weapons against snoring: the arsenal of sleepologists
Nowadays, sonmologists are armed with a whole range of methods to combat rochnopathy. Which one will be chosen for a particular patient, the doctor decides, depending on the cause of snoring.
So, if respiratory arrests are diagnosed in a state of sleep, you may need:
a special apparatus (CPAP), which will forcefully breathe for a person, forcing air into the respiratory tract using a miniature compressor and other medical gadgets.
Surgical treatment can be aimed at correcting various anatomical defects in the upper respiratory tract.
Operations such as septoplasty, functional endoscopic sinus surgery, and turbinate reduction may be effective if there is nasal obstruction, structural abnormalities, or nasal symptoms develop during treatment.
Operations on the mandible, maxilla, and hyoid are quite rare, as is tracheostomy, as other treatment options are now available.
Although palatal surgery has been popular since the 1980s, operative uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is associated with high morbidity, which can be avoided with new laser techniques.
In 2015, a group of scientists from Belgium conducted a survey of almost two hundred patients suffering from rochnopathy. They studied the effectiveness of today’s most popular snoring treatments:
orthopedic correction by means of a device for changing the position of the lower jaw (MAD);
continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.
As a result, conclusions were drawn that each of the methods works great if chosen correctly.
Make an appointment with your doctor to find and beat the cause of your snoring. You should not be alone with the problem, because of which families and destinies are collapsing.
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