Sleep: perhaps the most important hours of the day. Essential to your health and happiness. So what’s the single most annoying thing a bedpartner could do? Snoring!
So what is snoring and what can you do about it?
When you snore airflows struggle to make it through your airways. They pass relaxed tissues in your nose and throat. Causing vibrations and a harsh sound that can be as loud as 90 decibels. The volume of a chainsaw!
Snoring occurs at all ages and can have various causes. Because you’re a back-sleeper making your tong, uvula and soft palate fall back into your throat. Or because of weak muscle tension due to exhaustion and alcohol or medicine use. Your throat can be thickened due to irritation from smoking or overweight. For children an enlarged tonsils is often the cause, for older people a thickened and slackened mucous membrane in the throat.
There are certain measures that help you reduce snoring like changing you sleeping position from the back to your side. Try to quit smoking, lose weight, or make some other lifestyle changes. But don’t underestimate the problems of snoring and contact your doctor to find out the underlying reason. Do not let snoring disrupt the quality of your sleep and that of your partner’s!