Legacy Community Health - Montrose Clinic
Medical clinic in Houston, Texas
Address: 1415 California St, Houston, TX 77006
Phone: (832) 548-5100

Stop Snoring: Help to Stop Snoring

Snoring is a very common breathing problem as more than one-third of adults will snore occasionally. However, frequent long term snoring can be more than just a nighttime annoyance to your partner. It may indicate a serious health condition. When you fall to sleep and move from a light state of sleep to a deep sleep, the muscles in the roof of your mouth tongue and throat relax and may partially obstruct your airway. When during breathing air flow move trough those relaxed tissues in your throat it causing these tissues to vibrate creating snoring sounds. The more narrowed your airways, the louder the airflow becomes. Snoring may be an occasional problem and you may not be aware that you snore.

Habitual snoring may be more than just nuisance to your bed partner causing him/her sleep loss. It may indicate health problems such as obstructive sleep apnea, nasal obstruction or obesity. People with obstructive sleep apnea, a serious disorder, have episodes of loud snoring followed by periods of silence where breathing briefly stops. Left untreated may raise the risk of developing health problems such as high blood pressure, heart failure and stroke.

If you are not sleeping well because of snoring or sleep apnea you may experience falling asleep during waking hours, feeling tired, becoming irritable and loosing concentration.

To restore peace in your domestic life you may have to take a few self-care steps to stop snoring that include.

-Lose weight. Being overweight is a common cause of snoring.

-Sleep on your side. When lying on your back allows your tongue to fall back into your throat, narrowing your airway obstructing airflow.

-Treat nasal congestion or obstructions. These force you to breathe through your mouth and increase the likelihood of snoring.

-Limit or avoid alcohol. Alcohol will depress the central nervous system and cause to relax muscles, including those of the throat.

-Over-the-counter remedies. These are products that claim to have success with snoring.

Seeing your doctor about your problem can be of great benefit in helping with your effort to stop snoring. He will, most likely, recommend at first several lifestyle changes. If lifestyle changes don't help he may suggest an ear, nose and throat doctor or a sleep specialist for additional evaluation. You may even have to stay overnight at a sleep center to be examined by a team of specialists. Medical treatment can be anything from drugs; steroid preparations, Oral appliances; dental mouthpieces that help to keep air passages open - for mild forms of the condition to CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), traditional surgical procedures and laser surgery for the more severe forms.

With the right treatment, most snoring-related problems will improve. However, people with obstructive sleep apnea will most likely benefit the most with treatment. Any improvement with your snoring or sleep apnea will result in more restful sleep, fatigue and irritability reduction, improved concentration and more peaceful domestic life not just for you but both you and your partner.