Snoring is a very common occurrence, and almost everyone who sleeps does it. You may snore without realizing it, but your bed partner might hear it and get disturbed. Due to snoring, the quality of sleep of the bed partner is also affected as they cannot get a good night’s sleep. Though snoring is not a serious health issue, it could have a negative impact on the quality of your sleep and make you feel tired during the day.
What are the different types of snoring?
Snoring can be classified into two types: obstructive and central.
- Obstructive snoring occurs when the soft tissues in your throat vibrate when you inhale and exhale air. The soft tissues vibrate because of the narrowing of the airway passage, which results in snoring.
- Central snore is caused due to an underlying medical issue such as heart disease, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), or Sleep Apnea.
What are the causes of snoring?
There are many reasons that cause snoring, including frequent consumption of alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and chewing tobacco. Other reasons that cause snoring include:
- Obesity:People with a BMI of 30 or above are at a higher risk of snoring.
- Bone structure:The shape of your throat determines how comfortably you can breathe while sleeping. If it’s narrow, you might experience difficulty breathing and snore loudly.
- Age:As you grow older, your tissues become rigid and less elastic. This makes it difficult for them to vibrate properly when you inhale air, leading to snoring.
What are the symptoms of snoring?
The symptoms of snoring include:
- A sore throat in the morning.
- Difficulty in breathing while sleeping.
- Feeling dizzy in the morning due to lack of oxygen.
- A headache in the morning due to disturbed sleep.
- You may have difficulty concentrating on something if your sleep is disturbed due to snoring.
- You may feel sleepy during the daytime if you don’t get enough sleep due to snoring.
How can you prevent snoring?
- The following are some of the things that you must keep in mind to prevent snoring:
- Quit smoking
- Reduce alcohol intake
- Avoid eating spicy foods
- Limit your intake of fatty foods
- Follow a healthy diet
- Practice regular physical activity
- Go to bed at regular hours
- Don’t lie down on your back
Please reach out to Dicus Family Dentistry at 15 McCabe Drive, #201, Reno, NV 89511, to have a consultation with our dentist. Call us at (775) 828-7246 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.