Health guide: Causes of snoring and home remedies that may help
Snoring is a sleep condition characterized by production of a hoarse or harsh sound that occurs during breathing. Sometimes snoring may indicate a serious health condition as well as being a nuisance to your partner or roommate.
As many as half of adults sometimes snore while in children although rare, may indicate a serious medical condition which needs quick management. Snoring occurs when air flows past relaxed or collapsed tissues in the throat, causing the tissues to vibrate during breathing, which creates those irritating sounds.
Snoring is often associated with a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Not all snorers have OSA. See a doctor if you usually wake up gasping or choke while asleep
Causes of snoring may include:
- Abnormal structure of the mouth and sinuses,
- Too much alcohol consumption before sleeping,
- Allergies, a cold,
- Being over-weight,
- Sleep deprivation,
- Sleeping on your back while facing upwards
Complications of snoring include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Frequent frustration or anger
- Difficulty concentrating
- A greater risk of high blood pressure, heart conditions and stroke
- An increased risk of behavior problems, such as aggression or learning problems, in children with obstructive sleep apnea
Depending on the primary cause, treatment will vary from using special devices placed around the mouth, to surgery to remove of abnormalities physically. However, some home remedies which may help include:
- Losing some weight in case you’re overweight
- Sleep on your side. Using pillows may help one maintain this position during sleep
- Raise the head of your bed by about 4 inches may help.
- Treat nasal congestion or obstruction as advised by a doctor.
- Limit or avoid alcohol and sedatives.
- Quit smoking.
- Get enough sleep for at least 7 to 8 hours per night.