How to Manage Snoring
Snoring occurs during sleep when the muscles at the back of your throat and your tongue relax. The tongue drops back and causes the airway to narrow. The narrowing of the airway results in vibrations as air passes through. It is the vibrations of tissue in the airway that creates the snoring sound.
- A National Family Opinion poll revealed that 90 million Americans over the age of 18 snore and 37 million are considered habitual snorers
- Approximately 30% of those over age 30 snore, rising to 40% in middle-age (Source: British Medical Journal, 1997)
- Male to female ratio of snoring is 2:1 (Source: Vancouver Sleep and Breathing Center)
What factors contribute to snoring?
- Sleeping on your back causes gravity to pull the jaw and tongue back, narrowing airway passages which vibrate and cause the snoring sound
- Research indicates that 60% of all snorers will snore only, or most often, while sleeping on their back
Alcohol or Medications
- Excess weight and fatty tissues in the throat narrows your airway
- Substances with a sedative effect will cause your throat muscles to relax more than usual and will likely produce snoring
How to Stop Snoring
Most snoring treatments come in the form of products, natural remedies or devices geared at managing snoring, whereas some snoring surgeries are designed to completely cure the ailment. Since surgery can be a costly and difficult process with varied results, many snoring patients opt for snoring management treatments that won’t make you don an uncomfortable dental device, take pills every night or drench yourself in essentials oils.