A Little Self Help on How to Stop Snoring
When someone complains about your snoring, bear in mind that it’s a physical issue and not something immoral or highly communicable.
The awareness that a snorer has over something which he or she cannot control is not only embarrassing but frustrating.
Finding a cure on how to stop snoring is not as elusive as searching for El Dorado but one must have the determination and commitment to accept the situation and address it accordingly.
DON’T BE DAUNTED BY THE TASK
With the plethora of anti-snoring devices on the market, finding the most suitable solution for you may be harder than you thought. Don’t be daunted by the task. It’s all a matter of trial and error and while you might be disappointed more than ecstatic with all the cures and aids offered by pharmaceutical manufacturers, there are some solutions on how to stop snoring which are worth trying.
You should be able to pinpoint when you are most likely to snore. Is it when you had a particularly stressful day at work? Or when you are unknowingly exposed to certain elements which may be causing you allergies? This observation period will require patience. But in time, you will be able to readily ascertain when your snoring is triggered.
HOW YOU SNORE
Knowing sleeping positions may well determine why you snore and help you come to that one solution on how to stop snoring. If you sleep on your back and you snore, then change sleeping positions. When your mouth is open when you snore, it could mean that you have throat tissue-related issues associated with snoring. If your mouth is closed when you snore, it could mean you have problems with your tongue. A more extensive treatment, however, should be sought if you snore while sleeping in different positions.
Frequent and excessively loud snoring may be sleep apnea, a potentially serious medical condition which is often unrecognized. And there lies the irony because sleep apnea causes breathing to stop anywhere from ten seconds to a few minutes, and, if untreated, may cut off the oxygen supply to your brain, rendering you in a coma, or worse, dead.
NOT EVERYONE SNORES THE SAME
Normal snoring is vastly different from sleep apnea. Knowing the difference between the two will help you better in your quest to learn how to stop snoring.
When your nasal airway is blocked because of your throat tissues relaxing during sleep, you snore; this is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the most common type of sleep apnea. When the brain fails to send a signal to the muscles that control your breathing, then what you have is Central Sleep Apnea, a condition of the central nervous system. Complex Sleep Apnea is a combination of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Central Sleep Apnea.
Identifying whether what you have is normal snoring or sleep apnea can be difficult because you’re sleeping, of course. Ask someone to help observe you while you sleep or record yourself so you can listen afterwards to the sounds you made while snoring.
To diagnose your condition, your doctor will review your signs and symptoms, and your medical history. Your doctor will also perform a physical examination.
Your doctor may ask your partner some questions about when and how you snore to help assess the severity of the problem. If your child snores, you’ll be asked about the severity of your child’s snoring.
Your doctor may request an imaging test, such as an X-ray, a computerized tomography scan or magnetic resonance imaging. These tests check the structure of your airway for problems, such as a deviated septum.
Depending on the severity of your snoring and other symptoms, your doctor may want to conduct a sleep study. Sleep studies may sometimes be done at home.
However, depending upon your other medical problems and other sleep symptoms, you may need to stay overnight at a sleep centre to undergo an in-depth analysis of your breathing during sleep by a study, called polysomnography.
In polysomnography, you’re connected to many sensors and observed overnight. During the sleep study, the following information is recorded:
- Brain waves
- Blood oxygen level
- Heart rate
- Breathing rate
- Sleep stages
- Eye and leg movements