Remedies for Snoring

Jun 9, 2017,










Snoring is a common condition among all ages and both genders, although it occurs more frequently in men and people who are overweight. Snoring also tends to worsen with age. Occasionally, snoring may not pose a very serious health problem. It can, however, cause disruptions to your own sleep and your bed partner's sleep. It can lead to fragmented and un-refreshing sleep which translates into a poor daytime function (tiredness and sleepiness). Any person can snore. Frequently, people who do not regularly snore will report snoring after a viral illness, after drinking alcohol, or when taking some medications. Habitual snorers may often need medical assistance.

What causes snoring? 

Snoring occurs because of physical obstruction to the flow of air through the airways while sleeping. This could be due to one the following?

  • -Narrowing of the nasal airways in cases of allergies, viral rhinitis or sinus infections.
  • -Deformities of the structures in the nose like a deviated septum or nasal polypimage 2.jpg
  • -Bulky throat tissue in people who are overweight or obese
  • -Children with enlarged adenoids or tonsils
  • -Long Uvula or long soft palate
  • -Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue

What other symptoms are associated with snoring?

People who snore make a vibrating, rattling, noisy sound while breathing during sleep. Consult your doctor if you snore and have any of the following symptoms or signs:

  • -Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • -Morning headaches
  • -Recent weight gain
  • -Awakening in the morning not feeling rested
  • -Awaking at night feeling confused
  • -Change in your level of attention, concentration, or memory
  • -Observed pauses in breathing during sleep

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What are the remedies for snoring?

Depending on what your doctor observes as the risk factor responsible for your snoring, your doctor may:

  1. 1. Recommend medications to treat allergies or any other infection of the airways
  2. 2. Advise lifestyle modifications like weight loss, sleep position change (sleeping more on the sides), avoidance of alcohol and sedative medications especially at night
  3. 3. Recommend oral appliances that help to keep the tongue from falling backward during sleep
  4. 4. Recommend surgeries to correct nasal deformities and to remove tissues in the back of the throat that may be causing a narrowing of the airway


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