I was recently helping my wife cook dinner when she told me this: "Remember Beth, from the barbeque at the Smiths? She is constantly complaining about her husband because he has a serious snoring problem. She told me that she got so sleep deprived that she made him sleep on the couch!"
As she was chuckling a bit amused by the situation, I could not help myself but feel sorry for the poor guy. In fact, I felt so sorry for him that I immediately gave him some anti-snoring tips that I will also share with you.
First of all, snoring can be of many types.
Figuring out the cause of this noisy condition will bring satisfaction not only to yourself but for your bed partner as well.
Here is a little guide that can help you determine which type of snorer you are:
Type 1 - Nasal Snoring
This type of snoring occurs when your nasal airways are blocked by colds, flu, and allergies. These blockages push an increasing amount of air through your mouth, creating a vibration which translates into a snoring sound.
A potential culprit of this type of snoring can be any allergen that may be lurking in your household, including:
- Pet Dander
- Outdoor pollen
- Dust mites (hiding in your bedding)
Or you may have a deviated septum, which may be the cause of a congenital defect or the result of an injury.
This condition restricts airflow because the thin wall that separates your right and left nasal passages bulges to one side.
Type 2 - Mouth Snoring
This type of snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft tissues of your palate (the roof of your mouth) against one other.
Usually, if you breathe through your mouth while sleeping and especially if you sleep on your back or on your side… you are susceptible to snoring.
Type 3 - Tongue Snoring
As you sleep, the tissues in your mouth and throat naturally relax. Sometimes, it just so happens that your tongue can relax to the point that it deviates from its normal position and ends up farther back in your throat.
Thus, restricting airflow to your lungs.
You unwillingly trigger this condition if you do any of these things before bed:
- Drink alcohol
- Take antihistamines
- Take sleep aids
However, if you avoid all of that and still find yourself snoring, then you might be suffering from sleep apnea. This condition is quite common, affecting approximately 25 million U.S. adults, according to the American Sleep Association. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition, characterized by long pauses between breaths during sleep.
Usually, the pauses are followed by gasping or a loud snort, which may even wake up the affected person.
Most often, you might not even be aware of this condition and your sleeping partner is most likely the one who notices these patterns.
But you need to be careful because the most common and dangerous type of sleep apnea is the Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is caused by blockages in various places throughout the airway. When air is forced through these blockages, the result is a loud snore.
In this case snoring is the least of your concerns since you can also experience the following symptoms:
- Dry mouth
- Restless sleep
There are many factors that can result in OSA:
- Obesity (which can also be a result of sleep apnea)
- An enlarged tongue or tonsils
- The natural shape and structure of your body
Don't treat this lightly, because OSA can be a potentially serious issue, raising your risk of heart attack, depression, and diabetes. Therefore, if you have the slightest suspicion that you may suffer from this medical condition you should discuss the problem with your physician.
Diagnosing sleep apnea usually involves a sleep study, a test in which your body's functioning is monitored in a laboratory environment while you sleep.
So, have you figured out what type of snorer you are? Or do you have a partner that snores? How have you tackled this condition?
Please let me know in the comments below. And if you have any sleep-related problems like insomnia, I would recommend that you...