Sometimes seemingly mundane and commonplace things can actually conceal serious dangers. For example, snoring. Who of us pay any attention? If a loved one snores at night, we prefer to just put up with it (except for very "vociferous cases"). "It's okay, not so terrible disadvantage, it is easy to suffer ..." But maybe it is not so simple? Let's face it.
Snoring - a disease or a symptom?s own snoring is not a disease, so treat it - all the same what to treat fever. Possible to bring down a fever tablets, but a full recovery is necessary to deal with the diseases caused by it. The same situation with snoring - it only indicates that there were problems in the body.
What causes snoring?There are many reasons for snoring, and the most common ones - excess weight (and even above the norm by 10% in half increases the risk of snoring), deviated septum enlarged tonsils, nasopharynx edema as a result of inflammation during a cold or allergies, smoking, alcohol, many hypnotics and sedatives, causing muscle relaxation and decreased muscle tone of the pharynx. Above all it is necessary to remove the cause of snoring, otherwise restful sleep nor the snoring or his home may not count.
Why fat people are more likely to suffer from snoring?Overweight really provokes snoring. While it is unclear exactly how overweight snoring affect the appearance, but there is the following opinion in this respect: the excessive formation of adipose tissue in the abdomen and the neck increases the load on the diaphragm and the respiratory system as a whole. In addition, a complete person due to accumulation of fat inside the abdomen (and fat deposits in the liver, pancreas, between the internal organs) the diaphragm is pushed up. It draws in the lungs and prevents them from properly disclosed during inspiration.
But snoring in itself can cause weight problems. Snoring people suffer from disturbed sleep architecture, as in constantly waking up during the night. These awakening last only a few seconds and are not stored, but they "break" the natural cycle of alternating fast and slow phases of sleep. Some hormones are responsible for proper metabolism, are produced only when we sleep. Chronic snoring can lead to deficiencies of these hormones and consequently weight gain.
Snoring and Sleep posture - there is a connection?Sleeping on your back often leads to the fact that a person starts to snore. To train yourself to sleep on your side or on your stomach, you can sew to back sleepwear small pocket and put it in a solid object - such as a small ball. Turning over in his sleep on his back and felt uncomfortable, you do not wake up, turn over on his side. A week later, another body remembers the optimum position. Also, do not sleep on a very low pillow - the head during sleep should be at least 10-15 cm above the legs.
Snoring and sleep apnea - the same thing?Snoring - a vibration of the soft tissues of the pharynx, and sleep apnea - full stop breathing during sleep, which can last from a few seconds to 2 minutes. At this time, the whole body is experiencing a powerful stress - blood oxygen level drops sharply, quickens the heartbeat and blood pressure rises. Apnea can occur up to 400 times per night, which leads to oxygen starvation of the brain, arrhythmia, hypertension, hormonal disorders, kidney disease, daytime sleepiness, poor concentration and a sense of constant fatigue.
To which the doctor ask for the treatment of snoring?First of all you need to make an appointment with an audiologist, who will examine the nasopharynx and determine whether snoring is not caused by some pathologies of ENT organs. Depending on the results of the survey it or deal with the problem itself or refer the patient to a dentist, plastic surgeon, dietitian or a sleep. Surgical intervention is rarely shown, often snoring treated by conservative methods - diet (if snoring is the result of excess weight), exercises that strengthen the muscles of the larynx, and with the help of special tools.