Ever wonder how all that snoring racket gets made? During sleep, the muscles of the throat and mouth relax. This relaxation narrows the trachea—that’s the “windpipe” that carries air to and from the lungs—which diminishes airflow when you breathe. Within the narrowed airway, the tissues of the soft palate and uvula shake and vibrate. This vibration causes the noises of snoring.
Snoring is caused by the vibrations of the soft tissues at the back of the nose and throat while a person sleeps. There are many causes of snoring like being pregnant, allergies, asthma, colds, the flu, excess alcohol, some medications, smoking, and sleep position. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that causes snoring and can be serious. Treatments to reduce or stop snoring include lifestyle changes, home remedies, antisnoring devices and aids, medical treatments, and at times, surgery.
Positional therapy encompasses all products that help you to sleep in a lateral or prone position. These are primarily anti-snore backpacks, positional sleep belts and bandages. A foam wedge or an air cushion is integrated in the rear part of these anti-snore backpacks and positional sleep belts, which renders it impossible to sleep comfortably in a supine position. For sleeping comfort it is important that the foam wedge’s contact area on the back is relatively small, so that you don’t sweat during sleep. Because wherever the foam material comes into direct contact with the skin or the pajama fabric, the air can barely circulate.
Menopause can reduce muscle tone in the throat, causing female snoring. During the perimenopause, a woman's ovaries gradually reduce production of estrogen and progesterone. As a result, women report issues like hot flashes, insomnia, mood disorders, and sleep-disordered breathing. Sleep problems are often accompanied by snoring. Snoring, accompanied by pauses or gasps in breathing are symptoms of a more serious sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Snoring can also lead to marital problems that stem from couples sleeping apart and experiencing less intimacy as a result. Pop culture has long played up snoring as a kind of running gag that tests a couple’s commitment (who can forget Meredith Grey’s adorable nighttime snuffling that drove McDreamy crazy on Grey’s Anatomy?), but it’s not as cute and harmless in real life.
Somnoplasty is an unique surgical method for reducing habitual snoring by removing or stiffening tissues of the uvula and soft palate. Unlike other approaches (such as the laser), somnoplasty uses very low levels of radiofrequency heat energy to create finely controlled localized burn-areas beneath the lining (mucosa) of the soft tissues of the soft palate. These burn areas are eventually resorbed by the body, shrinking the tissue volume and stiffening the tissues, thereby reducing symptoms of snoring. Somnoplasty is performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting and takes approximately 30 minutes.
Your sleeping can be affected by weight gain. When a person is overweight, there is an excess of tissue in the mouth and throat. When sleeping, the throat muscles relax and the soft tissues can cause airway blockages. Obstructed breathing during sleep can make it difficult for you and your partner to get a good night’s sleep. If you are overweight and looking for a way to stop snoring naturally you may want to try to lose weight.
Menopause can reduce muscle tone in the throat, causing female snoring. During the perimenopause, a woman's ovaries gradually reduce production of estrogen and progesterone. As a result, women report issues like hot flashes, insomnia, mood disorders, and sleep-disordered breathing. Sleep problems are often accompanied by snoring. Snoring, accompanied by pauses or gasps in breathing are symptoms of a more serious sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Irritability due to sleep loss. Disrupted sleep isn’t just a problem for the non-snorer. Snoring is caused by disordered breathing, which means the snorer’s sleep quality also suffers. Poor sleep takes a toll on mood, thinking skills, judgment, and your ability to manage stress and conflict. This can explain why communication often breaks down when you and your partner try talking about the problem.
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