Snoring

2Snoring is a big problem.  If you suspect you are snoring and sleep alone you might want to set up a tape recorder to detect the sound of the snoring. If you have a partner snoring is especially annoying  to the person with whom you share a bed.

When your breathing is somehow obstructed while you are sleeping the harsh sound of snoring occurs.  This may indicate a health problem and it is a good idea to consult with your physician.  It could be caused by a physical problem such as enlarged tonsils, deviated septum or nasal polyps.  While you sleep your throat muscles relax.  If your throat narrows, the more narrow it becomes the louder you snore.

People who are overweight or under stress are the most likely to snore.  Aging also promotes a snoring problem.  Men or more prone to snoring than women.

If you actually stop breathing while sleeping and snoring this is called sleep apnea and requires medical intervention.    There are ways to help the snoring, both surgical and non-surgical.

Snoring can lead to morning headaches, inability to concentrate, being tired when awaking, confusion and more.

Being obese is one of the biggest risk factors for snoring.  Some of the easiest things to try to help with your snoring problem are to lose weight, stop smoking,  and avoid alcohol before going to sleep.  You might try sleeping on your side and sleeping without using a pillow. There are also medical devices that can  help eliminate the snoring.

Make no mistake.  Snoring may indicate a real health problem and should not be ignored.  Your physician needs to be consulted and possibly a sleep study is in order.

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