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Snoring Treatment in Nehru Enclave, Delhi

Snoring simply means the action of making a snorting or grunting sound while asleep. When air travels through relaxed tissues in your throat, the tissues vibrate, resulting in a snorting or grunting sound.  

Although snoring is a common problem for all age groups, in some cases, it may be a symptom of an underlying health condition. Snoring gets more frequent with age. Men and overweight people are said to be more prone to have snoring problems. 

Long-term snoring problems at night can decrease the quality of your sleep which in turn can lead to daytime fatigue and other health problems. Talk to an ENT doctor near you and treat snoring.   

What are the symptoms of snoring? 

In most cases, snoring can be associated with a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you notice any of the symptoms listed below, see a doctor as soon as possible. 

  • Breathing pauses while asleep 
  • Daytime fatigue 
  • Morning headaches 
  • Sore throat  
  • Restless during sleep 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Chest pain at night 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Depression 
  • Weight gain 

How is snoring associated with OSA? 

If breathing becomes noticeably slower or stops for a while during sleep, then it's a sign of OSA. This pause in the breathing process makes you wake up with a loud snort or gasping sound. This breathing-pause pattern may be repeated several times at night. OSA is the most common cause of snoring in children. This disorder in children may lead to hyperactivity, sleepiness or other behavioral problems during the day, due to a lack of sleep. OSA is a serious disorder and should be addressed at the earliest.

What causes snoring?

When you sleep, the muscles in the roof of your mouth, tongue and throat relax. This relaxing of muscles partially blocks airways. As the airways become narrower, air passing through it is forced to pass out. This leads to increased tissue vibration that generates loud snoring. 

Snoring can be caused by a variety of factors that impact the airway:

  • Mouth anatomy - Some people have a low, thick soft palate that can narrow your airway. Obese persons may also have additional tissues at the back of their throats, which can restrict airflow.
  • Consumption of alcohol - Snoring can also be caused by consuming too much alcohol just before going to bed. This happens because alcohol weakens your natural defenses against airway blockage by relaxing your throat muscles.
  • Nasal problems - Snoring can be caused by chronic nasal congestion or a crooked septum between your nostrils.
  • Sleep deprivation - Not getting enough sleep can also be a cause of snoring.
  • Sleep position- Snoring is typically the most frequent and loudest when lying on your back.

When do you need to see a doctor?

Consult a doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above. Although snoring is not a serious problem, it may be a symptom of an underlying health condition. Get yourself diagnosed and treated soon.  

For any further consultation or information, feel free to talk to one of the best ENT specialists in New Delhi. 

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Nehru Enclave, New Delhi.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

What is the treatment available for snoring?

There are multiple options available to slow down or eventually stop snoring. You may have to take the following tests: 

  • Imaging test
  • Sleep study

If your bed partner or kid has been snoring for a long time, see a doctor to determine the severity of the condition. 

Some treatments that will help reduce or stop snoring include:

  • Oral appliances
  • Surgery
  • CPAP

Conclusion 

Snoring will cause problems not only in your lifestyle but also in your relationship. Many over-the-counter medications are available to stop snoring, but most of them do not help. So consult a doctor before taking any medication.  

Is snoring common in young people?

Although age is a key risk factor for snoring and sleep apnea, a growing number of young people, including children, are reporting snoring issues. Few lifestyle changes can help.

Is there any method to cure snoring without medication or a doctor's help?

Yes, some lifestyle changes like:

  • Losing weight
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Changing sleeping position
  • Changing pillows
  • Staying hydrated
  • Clearing nasal passage
If trying all these is not helping, try consulting a doctor soon.

What is a sleep study?

A sleep study is a kind of physical examination performed by a doctor at his or her clinic or your home. It is performed to know the root cause of snoring. It helps to track:

  • Brain waves
  • Heart rate
  • Oxygen level
  • Sleeping position
  • Eye and leg movement

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