Understanding why people snore, can help you stop snoring. A major contributing factor to snoring is breathing through your mouth, rather than through your nose when asleep. Sleeping on your back can make the base of your tongue and soft palate collapse to the back wall of your throat, causing a vibrating sound during sleep.
Many snorers have Obstructive Sleep Apnea – hence you should NEVER IGNORE A SNORE TM
Sleep Apnea and snoring are close bedfellows, but whilst many OSA sufferers snore – not all do. This means that to fully understand the relationship between sleep apnea and snoring, you should seek the advice of your GP, and ultimately a referral to a SleepGP – in case there could be an underlying medical condition.
So – how do you stop snoring, or stop your partner or a family member or good friend snoring?
Many couples try earplugs, nose clips and any number of quick fixes, so desperate are they for a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately these quick fixes are not based in a medical diagnosis and often turn out to be ‘quack’ fixes, rather than ‘quick’ fixes. Some couples take the relationship-threatening next step of sleeping in different beds, and even different bed rooms.
At The SleepGP, we want to help snorers avoid that situation, and we find we can help most patients with effective OSA therapy, or by referring for surgery.