Snoring. Pretty sure everyone does it, even if they say they don’t.

It’s not really harmful but it can be annoying to others and disrupt the sleep of the snorer—meaning there’s a chance you’ll snore so loud you wake yourself up. And we’ve already talked about sleep before; sleep deprivation and fatigue are not your friends.

Turns out you’re more prone to snore if you are:

  • Male
  • Between 30 and 65 years old
  • Overweight
  • Have high blood pressure

It can also be worse if you’ve been drinking alcohol or are sick. Snoring can also be a symptom of some sleeping disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea.

Because snoring is muscles around the back of the throat relaxing enough that it vibrates as air moves across it, there’s really no definitive-permanent cure for snoring—so extreme treatments such as surgery are not guaranteed to work. However, that’s something you should talk to your doctor about in depth because there are a few procedures and some may help.

But there are still a few things you can do to minimize the severity of your snoring that don’t require surgery such a sleeping on your side instead of your back and ensuring the air in your room is neither too dry nor humid. If you have problems with nasal congestion, getting that taken care of could help your issues. Also, avoiding alcohol before you go to bed and sleeping tablets may help. Most over the counter items such as chin straps and anti-snoring pillows aren’t very useful but you can look into a mandibular advancement splint, which is like a mouth guard for when you sleep.

As mentioned before, snoring isn’t exactly harmful, but if you feel that it’s affecting your quality of sleep or that of your partner’s, speak with your doctor or visit a sleep disorder clinic to discuss your issue and the options available to you.

Info: Better Health Victoria:

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