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Snoring occurs while you are sleeping and often sounds as if you are snorting. It is usually harmless although it can be annoying for anyone that has to hear it. Some people snore loudly and continuously throughout the whole time they are asleep while others may only snore in certain positions. Snoring can vary in pitch and intensity or it can be the same every night. Each case depends on the individual. There is a condition called sleep apnoea which is a very dangerous medical condition and snoring is often a symptom of it. People who suffer from this condition find that they occasionally stop breathing while they are sleeping. When they stop breathing, there is not enough oxygen getting in the blood and this can cause tiredness and if prolonged it can be fatal. If you suspect that you are suffering from sleep apnoea, consult your doctor immediately.

 

Causes

Snoring is an involuntary action and it happens when the snorer breathes through their mouth and the muscles of the soft palate relax. The passages are then narrowed and as the air is drawn into the lungs the soft palate vibrates. Snoring usually occurs when the muscles that allow a person to breath become too relaxed, alcohol, medications, sleeping on your back, obesity, poor muscle tone or an overly soft pillow could all be reasons as to why you are snoring. You could have also been born with this physical problem or else smoking and asthma have to an obstruction and therefore snoring.

 

Prevention

Try to eat early in the night, keep to your ideal weight, do not drink alcohol before going to sleep, stop smoking and sleep on your side.

 

When to seek further advice from a professional

If you are living with a snorer and you notice that there are times when he stops breathing.

Snoring occurs while you are sleeping and often sounds as if you are snorting. It is usually harmless although it can be annoying for anyone that has to hear it. Some people snore loudly and continuously throughout the whole time they are asleep while others may only snore in certain positions. Snoring can vary in pitch and intensity or it can be the same every night. Each case depends on the individual. There is a condition called sleep apnoea which is a very dangerous medical condition and snoring is often a symptom of it. People who suffer from this condition find that they occasionally stop breathing while they are sleeping. When they stop breathing, there is not enough oxygen getting in the blood and this can cause tiredness and if prolonged it can be fatal. If you suspect that you are suffering from sleep apnoea, consult your doctor immediately.

 

Traditional Treatments

If you do snore, you should see your doctor so that he check if there are any problems. Snoring can normally be fixed by just eating correctly and losing weight. Giving up smoking and drinking will also help. If there is a severe obstruction your doctor may recommend surgery.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 0000-00-00