Snoring, similar to other sounds, is produced by vibrations that direct particles in the air to create sound waves. While we are asleep, airflow make the tissues of the nose and throat vibrate and cause snoring. Basically, this is the sound that results from turbulent airflow that causes tissues to vibrate during sleep.
Treatments For snoring
There are several treatments for snoring. They can be either surgical or non-surgical. The non-surgical treatments can be further divided into different categories. These are behavioral or lifestyle changes, stop snoring devices and nasal continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP.
These may be the simplest to determine but the hardest to accomplish. In the event that a person gains weight, say ten pounds, snoring may become a problem. It is quite simple to tell the person to lose weight but the actual losing of weight is difficult to do.
Aside from weight loss, lifestyle or behavioral changes include changes in sleeping position, quitting smoking, resisting alcohol intake and stopping medications that may cause snoring.
Stop Snoring Devices
As mentioned, snoring is worsened by airflow that passes through narrow passages in the throat. This narrowing is brought about by the falling back of the palate and tongue while sleeping. Some stop snoring devices are designed to hold the jaw forward and since the tongue is connected in the front to the jaw, the tongue is also maintained in a forward position. Other devices are built to hold the palate in place.
These devices may reduce snoring with up to 90% success. For these to effectively work, they must be put on every night and should have the correct fit. Some minor disadvantages of stop snoring devices are excessive salivation, facial discomfort and dryness of the mouth.
There are also devices that are intended for people with narrow nasal passages. Breath-rite strips open the front part of the nose if this is the main area that causes snoring. But if allergies are the reason for snoring, nasal sprays may solve the problem.
Continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP in short, is a device that is normally utilized for people with obstructive sleep apnea. This functions by providing a stable, increased air pressure to prevent the narrowing of airway during breathing. This requires the wearing of a mask that is attached by tubing to a pump that maintains pressure of the inhaled air at a higher than normal level.
Aside from these, there are also over the counter medications and other products which may potentially help in managing snoring. Some are not scientifically studied and their effectivity may vary subjectively. Whatever the case, if you feel that your condition is getting worse it is better to consult a doctor and choose a treatment that suits your needs.