Snoring Treatment in Sadashiv Peth, Pune
A horse or noisy breath through the nose or mouth during sleep, caused due to obstruction in the air passage, is known as snoring. Snoring leads the relaxed tissues in your throat to vibrate and cause harsh, irritating snoring sounds. It is more common amongst men and people who are overweight. Everyone snores occasionally, but in some cases, the problem of snoring can be a chronic condition. Snoring not only affects the people close to you but also deteriorates your sleep quality. It might be the symptom of an underlying condition of sleep apnea. Implementing a few lifestyle changes can help you treat the condition of snoring. Medical treatments are available to help with the problem of snoring but are not always required.
Snoring is caused by the tissues of the airway relax, restricting the flow of air, causing a harsh vibrating sound when sleeping. People who have enlarged tissues or tonsils may also be prone to a restricted flow of air leading to snoring. Certain things may be the reason behind the condition of snoring:
- Cold and cough leading to a worsened condition
- Nasal congestion
- Swelling in the throat
- Overweight or obesity
- Excess fat around the neck
- Sleep apnea
- Alcohol intake
- nasal polyps
- sleep deprivation
Snoring can be accompanied by the following symptoms, which might refer to obstructive sleep apnea.
- Restlessness during
- Pain in the chest during nighttime
- High blood pressure
- Choking at night
- Breathing obstruction at night
- Sore throat in the morning
- Headache in the morning
- Trouble during sleep
- Poor concentration span
- Behavior issues found in children
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Treatment and lifestyle changes to make at home
To help with snoring, certain recommendations can be made by the doctor about lifestyle changes such as:
- Limiting intake of alcohol
- Maintaining a sleep schedule
- Losing weight if needed
- Using medical drops for treating nasal congestion
- Watching the sleep position and avoiding sleeping on the back
- Quit smoking
- Raise the head of the bed by few inches
Other treatments that can be referred by the doctor are:
- Using nasal strips or external nasal dilators
- Oral appliances can be used. Oral appliances are form-fitting dental pieces that are used to correct the position of the jaw and tongue to remove any obstruction in the airway
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) wherein a mask that directs pressurized air from a small bedside pump to your airway to keep it open is worn over the nose or mouth while sleeping
- Upper airway surgery may include a procedure called uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), wherein general anesthetics are given and your surgeon tightens and trims excess tissues from the throat or another procedure called maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) involving the moving of the upper and lower jaws forward, which helps with opening the airway. The hypoglossal nerve stimulation procedure employs a stimulus that is applied to the nerve that controls the forward movement of the tongue so the tongue is prevented from blocking the airway when you take a breath.
Snoring once in a while may not be affecting your health but if it forms a regular, long-term problem, it can disturb people close to you and your health as it may be a symptom related to sleep apnea.
Various steps can be taken to reduce snoring. Enough sleep should be taken, if you’re overweight you should try to lose weight and maintain a balanced one, treat nasal congestion, limit the intake of alcohol, and quit smoking.
It is good not to stay dehydrated so enough water should be taken throughout the day though intake of too much water before bed is not recommended.