Snoring is noisy breathing while you sleep. It’s a common condition that can affect anyone, although it happens more often in men and in people who are overweight. Snoring tends to get worse with age. Snoring can itself be a symptom of a health problem like  Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

OSA is a condition in which the person sleeping, has involuntary episodes of breathing that stops and starts for brief periods of time during sleep.

Snoring once in a while isn’t usually a serious problem. It’s mostly a nuisance for your bed partner. But if you’re a long-term snorer, you not only disrupt the sleep patterns of those close to you, you hurt your own sleep quality.

Causes :

Snoring happens when the flow of air through your mouth and nose is blocked. Several things can interfere with air flow, including:

  1. Blocked nasal airways: Some people snore only during allergy season or when they have a sinus infection. Problems in your nose such as a deviated septum (when the wall that separates one nostril from the other is off-center) or nasal polyps can also block your airways.
  2. Poor muscle tone in your throat and tongue: Throat and tongue muscles can be too relaxed, which allows them to collapse into your airway.
  3. Bulky throat tissue:  Being overweight can cause this. Some children have large tonsils and adenoids that make them snore.
  4. Long soft palate and/or uvula : A long soft palate or a long uvula (the dangling tissue in the back of your mouth) can narrow the opening from your nose to your throat. When you breathe, this causes them to vibrate and bump against one another, and your airway becomes blocked.
  5. Alcohol and drug use : Drinking alcohol or taking muscle relaxers can also make your tongue and throat muscles relax too much.
  6. Sleep position: Sleeping on your back can make you snore. So can using a pillow that’s too soft or too large.
  7. Sleep deprivation: Your throat muscles might relax too much if you’re not getting enough sleep.

The severity can be judged by asking the following questions

  • Since how long have you been suffering?
  • Do you suffer with a nose block?
  • Do you experience a loss of smell?
  • Do you suffer with headaches?
  • high BMI – obesity?
  • Do you snore only when tired?
  • Do you wake up at night because of shortness of breath?

To prevent or quiet snoring, try these tips:

  • If you’re BMI isn’t within range, Exercise and take necessary actions to resolve the issue.
  • Sleep on your sides , your sleep position could help you reduce the snore.
  • Raise the head of your bed. Sleeping in head high position / half-sitting position can help your nasal blockage , in turn your snore.
  • Nasal strips or an external nasal dilator which are readily available in your near by chemist shop.
  • Treat the nasal congestion or obstruction, the underlying cause being treated, your snore would vanish.
  • Limit or avoid alcohol and sedatives.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Get enough sleep; staying up all night , end up with a tiresome and snore filled disturbed sleep the next day , instead , get adequate sleep , regularly.

Is snoring sign of bad health ?

Heavy snoring could sound funny to your sleep partner, but the condition is no joke. Snoring is often the sign of a condition called obstructive sleep apnea, which raises the risk for

  • diabetes,
  • obesity,
  • hypertension,
  • stroke,
  • heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

How much snoring is normal ? 

  • Apneas and hypo-apneas occur five to fifteen times per hour in people with mild OSA,
  • 16 to 30 times per hour in those with moderate OSA,
  • more than 30 times per hour in those with severe OSA.

What medicines can cause snoring ?

Medications that relax muscles can make snoring worse.

For example, tranquilizers such as lorazepam (Ativan) and diazepam (Valium) can have this effect. In contrast, antihistamines may actually alleviate snoring by reducing nasal congestion.

Foods that can cause snoring ?

There are some foods that cause snoring – such as processed meat, dairy and wheat. If you try to cut back on these it may improve the severity of your condition.

Homoeopathic Approach

A homeopathic remedy that embraces a natural, holistic approach to combat the symptoms, problems, and dangers of snoring should be wisely chosen and prescribed by your physician.

Remedies like lemna minor, opium, kali sulf, china etc may help after proper case taking by homoeopathic physician.

Homeopathic medicines for snoring yield excellent results by correcting the cause behind it. These medicines for snoring is natural, safe and treats the condition without any side effects.

Aude Sapere

Dr kajalverma


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