Snoring: Should You Be Concerned & The Different Causes?
25 Mar 2016
Snoring is often one of the first indicators of a sleep disorder and should be taken quite seriously, especially if persistent. The problem comes in with being aware that you are snoring because let’s face it, you can’t hear yourself snore. Here are a few guidelines to help you with getting a loved one to get treatment.
How to diagnose and assess your snoring:
Closed mouth snoring:
If your mouth stays shut but you snore on, it may indicate a problem with your tongue/nasal passageways.
Snoring with your mouth wide open:
The tissues which may have relaxed in your throat may be causing you to snore with your mouth open. If your throat is partially obstructed, you’re apt to try to force in more air when you sleep … in other words, snore. This is a definite cause for concern and a visit to your health care practitioner is definitely called for.
On your back:
Often times on our back we breathe through our mouths, which can exacerbate snoring and the intensity. To a certain extent, this could be normal, but should the person have pauses in their breathing, or even stop breathing this is a huge cause for concern and may indicate a sleep disorder.
Snoring regardless of position:
Possibly the sign of a more serious problem such as sleep apnea, see your doctor if your snoring is loud enough to keep your partner awake or if you wake yourself up.
Irrespective of how much you snore or the intensity of the snore, there are great studies that can be done at home to determine if you have cause for concern. There are also minor non-invasive treatments such as carboxytherapy which can be used to tighten lax muscle tissue at the back of the throat.
Help is at hand, never self-diagnose rather seek the assistance of a health care practitioner today.