10 questions about snoring

10 questions about snoring

1. What is snoring?

the snoring is a process that occurs during inspiration and generates unwanted noise. It then acts on breathing during the sleep phases. What you need to know is that this anomaly is the most harmless form of a disease known aschronic ronchopathy. In its most severe manifestation, snoring becomes one of the symptoms ofsleep apnea. Be aware that breath sounds come from the Venturi effect. This appears when a fluid, which penetrates an expandable conduit, travels through a contracted area. The contraction accelerates the movement of the fluid and causes a collapse which will cling to the walls.


2. What are the causes of snoring?

Snoring is a sign that you are not in a restful sleep phase. When sleeping, the muscles in the neck tend to relax. This relaxation then acts on the upper respiratory tract. The nose and throat become almost closed, preventing the passage of air produced by the pulmonary system. The causes of snoring can be temporary or long-lasting. By having a swollen uvula or excessive pressure in the neck area, you can expect to snore in the evening until these syndromes disappear. On the other hand, in the long term, snoring can be due to the shape of your nose or your jaw. Treatments can remedy this by treating the problem on the surface and not in depth.

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3. What to do in case of snoring?

To limit snoring or even eliminate it, it will be necessary to opt for a healthier lifestyle which is expressed as follows:
  • Have a decent and stable body weight and try to lose extra pounds that interfere with breathing
  • Do not consume alcohol before sleeping because it causes the muscles to relax and the soft palate to collapse.
  • Limit the consumption of tobacco, which increases inflammation of the mucous membranes.
  • Avoid the lying position which places the tongue and the soft palate at an angle blocking the passage of air.

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4. Is snoring dangerous?

Not all snoring is necessarily dangerous. A danger can be observed in the event of respiratory arrest occurring during sleep. These suspensions are all the more dangerous when accompanied by deep pick-ups that manifest themselves in the form of loud snoring. Drowsiness during the day is also considered an alarming symptom. If the subject has cardiovascular, cholesterol and d’hypertension, his snoring must be treated as soon as possible so as not to cause even more serious dysfunctions.


5. Why do women snore?

In women, snoring is often linked to an unhealthy lifestyle such as an unbalanced diet, lack of physical activity, consumption of alcohol and cigarettes, etc. If the problem is prolonged, it may be due to certain diseases such as sleep apnea. Also be aware that occasional snoring can occur during a cold, bad posture during sleep or because of a simple nasal congestion. Not to mention that more than 40% of pregnant women tend to snore, especially at the beginning of the third month of pregnancy.

6. Snoring in children: should you consult?

Whatever the circumstances in which the child snores, it is imperative to consult a doctor. Snoring can occur due to the hypertrophy of the tonsils, recurrent inflammation, and in the most serious cases, craniofacial malformations and neurocognitive disorders. It would therefore be more prudent to seek the advice of a doctor at the first signs of snoring.


7. How to stop snoring?

Some very simple habits can easily put an end to snoring. By having a healthier lifestyle, the respiratory functions regain optimal functioning. Sometimes it is enough to adopt a balanced diet, practicing daily physical activity and limiting the use of harmful substances such as tobacco to see your snoring decrease or even disappear. To increase your chances of finding a good quality of sleep, you will have everything to gain by taking care of your posture, choosing the right cushions and hydrating yourself properly before going to bed.


8. What natural solutions to stop snoring?

  • Essential oils: Menthol opens the airways. Opt for a mixture of half water, half menthol and spray it all around your bed. To vary the aromas, you can choose marjoram, lavender, marjoram, geranium, peppermint, eucalyptus, etc.
  • Olive oil: Drink 2-3 teaspoons of olive oil before sleeping. You will then notice a marked reduction in the vibrations inside the throat, which will considerably limit your snoring.
  • Nettle leaves: Thanks to their antihistamine action, they are known as one of the best natural solutions for snoring. You can consume them in the form of an infusion.



9. Should surgery be considered?

Resorting to a surgical operation is only necessary in the event of severe snoring ormedically diagnosed sleep apnea. The doctor will then decide whether you need conventional, laser or radiofrequency surgery. The so-called “classic” operation consists of removing part of the soft palate or uvula. The same principle is applied during a laser procedure without hospitalization or anesthesia. As for radiofrequency, it allows tissues to be shrunk using electrodes.


10. Who to consult in case of snoring?

Only one ENT, specialist in anomalies occurring in the nose, throat and ears, can intervene in the event of snoring either by offering the necessary medication and care, or through surgery.
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