Snoring is the result of some type of blockage in the airway that obstructs air flow causing the respiratory structures of the throat to vibrate abnormally during sleep. Relief from snoring is critical for restorative rest, which is a factor in your overall health. Without free air flow, the body is deprived of oxygen, and of sleep, leading to poor functioning throughout the day. The most common reasons for snoring are obstructions in the nasal passage between the nose and throat, a poorly positioned jaw, swelling in or around the throat, or blockage of the airway by the tongue. People with obesity are more likely to snore because of the larger amounts of fat around the throat, putting pressure on the airway.
Heavy consumption of alcohol and other harmful substances can also result in snoring. In cases such as these, snoring can be remedied by lifestyle changes that lead to healthier living, like eliminating alcohol and fatty foods from your diet. Losing weight and reducing the amount of fat around the throat can also help to reduce snoring among many other health benefits. In cases where snoring is a result of the tongue obstructing the airway, other methods are available:
• Mouth guards and mouthpieces can be used to effectively and immediately eliminate snoring. These are available in two different types; Tongue Stabilizing Devices which control the tongue and stop it from falling back into the throat, and Mandibular Advancement Devices which protrude the lower jaw forward in order to prevent the tongue from blocking the airway. There are several brands of each of these devices, although the MADs are much higher rated and thought to be more effective. Unlike MADs, the TSDs are suitable for people who wear dentures. Read comprehensive reviews of snoring mouthpieces and anti snoring devices here.
• Inclined sleeping is a trick that helps to keep the tongue forward and is an option for those who do not want to wear a mouthpiece. This can be accomplished by (more…)