Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound, due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. The structures that are usually involved are the uvula and soft palate.
observes the person sleeping. Besides the noise of snoring, more complex conditions such as sleep apnea can be consistent with the symptom of snoring.Patients are also able to assess their own conditions to determine the likelihood of these problems based on their sleeping difficulties.
Almost all treatments for snoring revolve around clearing the blockage in the breathing passage. You may be able to treat snoring by simply making changes in your lifestyle and in the way you sleep. Some examples include:
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking
- Sleep on your side rather than your back
- Limit the amount of alcohol and sedatives before bed
- Use nasal strips which can widen the nostrils and improve airflow
- Use of prescription nasal sprays for reducing swelling
If snoring continues or gets worse, you may need to be tested to see if you have developed upper airway resistance syndrome or sleep apnea. And finally, in extreme cases, surgeries can be performed.
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