Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What can you do about snoring?

You don’t have to have sleep apnea to snore. If you don’t have sleep apnea then you might be able to control your snoring.

With sleep apnea the cause of snoring is the blockage of the throat by soft tissue in the palate or it might be an enlarged tongue or even tonsils. You can correct these issues by using a cpap or bipap. If it’s really bad then surgery might be what you need.

But if you don’t have sleep apnea, then why are you snoring? It could be a lot of things. Heredity could play a part. You might have inherited a narrow throat or other physical characteristics that contribute to snoring. If this is the case then you might want to check with a doctor to see if you do have sleep apnea.

Also as we age our muscle tone usually decreases and that includes the muscles in your throat. Exercise is great for many reasons; it might also help with this issue.

Your snoring can also increase when you have a cold or the flu. Once again, it causes blockage in the back of the throat.

There are things that you can do to control your snoring. As mentioned before exercising regularly can be beneficial. Smoking and alcohol are two things that definitely contribute to snoring. Both these habits relax the muscles around the throat. And if you sleep on your back simply by turning over might also cut down on the snoring.

So there are things that you can do by yourself to help curtail the snoring. Of course with sleep apnea it can be a little trickier.

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