Snoring: Sleep Disturber

If snoring could be filed as a disturbance of the peace, every cop in town would have their work cut out for them. Imagine all the complaints they would receive from groggy wives, kids, friends, and neighbors (if the snorer is that loud) because the snorer ruined their peaceful sleep. They would have to create a special department just for snoring disturbance because the complaints would be numerous. Snoring is that obnoxious noise you hear when the person sleeping next to is breathing through their mouth. It can drive you mad, keeping you up at all hours of the night, while the snorer is sleeping peacefully, unbeknownst to the havoc they reek. Of course the snorer will hear about their disturbance in the morning from an unhappy, got-no-sleep-because-of-you person.

The reality is everyone, or most everyone, snores. It’s a natural thing for us human beings. Annoying, but natural. The thing is, when we sleep we are supposed to breath through our nose not our mouth, which causes snoring. Our nose acts as a natural humidifier, heating, cleaning, and filtering our air. But when we breath through our mouth we receive cold, dirty air and that cold, dirty air drys our mouth and breathing passages which causes us to snore. And when we snore we deprive ourselves of that much needed rest. The cause of that snoring is very different from one person to another. One type of cause could be how your mouth is developed. The airways could narrow due to huge tonsils, a thick palate, or adenoids (tissues) in the throat. Drinking too much alcohol is another cause. Another cause could be nasal congestion or allergies, which are easily treated with over the counter medicines. Problems with your nose can be another factor. Sometimes, snoring can be a sign of a more serious problem that we are unaware of, but most of the time it is the bane of our existence.

Now, as I said before, snoring can be a sign of a more serious problem. If you snore and find that you stop breathing for a few seconds which will wake you up due to the lack of air, then something more serious is going on. Such a condition is called obstructive sleep apnea. Tissues in the throat block the airway, which would prevent you from breathing. The sleep apnea is characterized by periods of loud snoring and then silence that normally last ten seconds or more. The brain forces you to wake up with a snort or gasp due to the lack air. This process will repeat itself over and over again if left untreated. And if it is left untreated more serious problems could occur such as high blood pressure, heart failure, and stroke.

But such a serious problem as obstructive sleep apnea is rare where snoring is concerned. Most of the time snoring is just a nuisance. There are ways to relieve yourself of the problem of snoring. First off, weight can be an issue where snoring is concerned. The fat can narrow the airway because of its heaviness. The easiest way to cure yourself of that problem, if your weight is causing your snoring, is to lose the weight. Another solution is sleeping on your side instead of your back. Lying on your back cause your mouth to open, your tongue to roll back and narrow the airway, and cause you to snore. Nasal strip are another treatment you can use to cure your snoring. The strips open up your nasal passages more to allow better airflow and to prevent you from breathing from the mouth. Other treatments for snoring are medical treatments which you get through your doctor. If you feel that your snoring problem needs medical treatment, please consult your doctor before trying any treatment on your own.

Snoring is that obnoxious noise you hear when the person sleeping next to is breathing through their mouth. It can drive you mad, keeping you up at all hours of the night, while the snorer is sleeping peacefully, unbeknownst to the havoc they reek. Snoring is annoying, but easily treatable. It could give us a signal to a more serious problem that is going on with us. We don’t have to live with snoring for the rest of our lives. We can easily treat our problem, either through self-treatments or medical treatments.