Snoring comes in all shapes and sizes. From the light snoring that goes unnoticed to the high-octave snore that wakes you from your sleep. Snoring does not have a one-size-fits-all solution. Many perfectly healthy people snore, as well as those with complicated medical issues that indirectly lead to snoring. As it has been identified, sleep disorders can be a root cause of snoring. Sleep apnea for example can cause snoring along with a temporary halt in breathing. If left untreated, it can be deadly. This knowledge leads to the question, how should snoring and all of the different types of issues that cause snoring be treated?
According to Web MD, there are many natural solutions to snoring. This is not to say that your snoring should be left out of the discussion with your medical professional. However, natural solutions can do the trick in many cases, especially if a medical condition is not the cause of your snoring. Web MD lists these seven natural solutions. You can read more about each one in greater detail on their website.
● Change sleep position
● Avoid alcohol
● Practice good sleep hygiene
● Open nasal passages
● Change pillows
● Stay hydrated
● Weight loss
The underlying theme of each of these solutions is keeping your airways open as much as possible so that nothing obstructs them. When obstruction occurs, you’re congested, or you have loose tissue in your throat, snoring is likely to occur.
Mouth Guard Device
A mouth guard is a device that moves the jaw slightly forward. This opens the throat and helps reduce or stop snoring altogether. You can buy it online or have a dentist or sleep specialist fit you for one. Either way, you should consult a medical professional before buying a mouth guard. These are not intended for use with sleep apnea.
If you have sleep apnea, you need a CPAP machine. Sleep apnea is diagnosed through a series of questions about sleep quality and an overnight test. In the overnight test, you are hooked to many wires that measure brain activity, limb movement, oxygen levels, and other metrics. These metrics tell the sleep specialist how often you are waking up at night and for how long during each instance. Sleep apnea is diagnosed through a certain criteria based on a score calculated by your test results. If your score reflects a diagnosis, they will tell you the severity and your doctor will prescribe a CPAP machine.
In short, a CPAP machine keeps a continuous flow of air traveling through your nasal and throat passages to keep your airways open. This stops snoring and improves sleep quality as well as other sleep hygiene practices. CPAP machines come in different sizes with different mask options and other moving parts your specialist will educate you on.
Surgery may be used to remove tonsils that are enlarged, which can block airways, stiff tissue, and other blockages. Your doctor will tell you the exact nature of your surgical needs. Nevertheless, surgery is usually a last resort in the most severe cases.
Treatment of snoring is possible. From natural solutions to machines that treat medical concerns to surgery, you do not have to live with snoring or the effects it has on your day-to-day life. See a doctor to see how severe your snoring is and what you can do to stop it.