Snoring is the coarse or hoarse sound that a person makes while sleeping and is made when mouth, nose, or throat tissues, as well as the soft palate, vibrate. It is typically cause by turbulence within the airway during inhalation. In many cases, this turbulence results from a partial blockage located anywhere from your nose to your vocal cords. Furthermore, it can originate from the base of the tongue, nose, or oropharynx (the area of the throat behind the oral cavity at the back of the mouth).
In most cases, snoring is attributed to a breathing obstruction such as allergies and colds, an anatomical anomaly in the nose or throat, being overweight, drinking alcohol, etc. But, the most common reason that people snore is due to the throat muscles relaxing too much when we’re sleeping. When this happens, the tissues in the throat sag and cause a narrowing of the airway. Conversely, muscle tone is what keeps the airway in normal shape during our waking hours. Unfortunately, snoring cannot be stopped by sheer will nor can it be cured. As the pressure in the back of the throat rises, the soft palate and uvula begin vibrating, thereby causing the snoring sound.
However, you can control it with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), an oral appliance, and an anti snoring nasal spray.
Snoring Causes and Risk Factors
Snoring can be attributed to several factors such as alcohol consumption, allergies and colds, anatomy of the mouth and sinuses, and body weight. As you fall asleep and progress from a lighter sleep to a deeper sleep. At this point, the soft palate (muscles in the roof of the mouth, throat, and tongue relax. In cases involving snoring, they relax so much that the airway is partially blocked and begins to vibrate. The more the airway narrows, the more forceful the airflow becomes.
As a result, tissue vibration increases and snoring gets significantly louder. There are 5 factors that can affect your airway and cause you to snore. These include:
- Alcohol Consumption – consuming too much alcohol prior to bedtime can cause the throat muscles to relax and decrease the body’s natural defenses against obstruction of the airway.
- Anatomy of the Mouth – having a lower or thicker soft palate can cause the airway to narrow. Overweight individuals may have extra tissue in the back of the throat that causes their airway to narrow. Additionally, if you have an elongated uvula, it can obstruct the airflow and increase vibration.
- Nasal Problems – chronic nasal congestion of a deviated septum (a crooked partition between the nostrils) can contribute to snoring. That is because the air that you breathe in doesn’t go through straight as it should but through a crooked path, leading to higher vibrations and therefore, snoring.
- Sleep Deprivation – the lack of sleep can result in further throat relaxation and lead to snoring.
- Sleep Position – frequent, louder snoring is attributed to sleeping on your back. In this case, the airway narrows because of the effect that gravity has on the throat.
In addition to the causes listed above, there are certain risk factors that can contribute to snoring. These include:
- Being Male – men commonly snore more than women
- Being Obese or Overweight – you’re more likely to snore if you’re obese or overweight
- Drinking Alcohol – drinking alcohol causes the throat muscles to relax and increases the risk of snoring
- Family History of OSA or Snoring – you could be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring if there is a family history of these conditions
- Having a Narrower than Normal Airway – if you have larger than normal adenoids or tonsils, or an elongated soft palate, this can cause the airway to narrow and lead to snoring
- Having Nasal Problems – chronically congested nasal passages or a structural defect in airway (e.g., deviated septum) increases the risk of snoring
If you’re a habitual snorer, there could be a more serious underlying issue such as OSA and you could be at risk for a number of other complications such as hypertension (high blood pressure), heart conditions, or stroke. When in doubt, consult with a doctor.
Will Anti Snoring Sprays Help?
Nasal snoring sprays can be an effective deterrent for snoring, provided you get the right one such as Asonor Anti-snoring Snoring Spray and Snoring Solution. The main types of nasal sprays include:
- Anticholinergic nasal sprays treat runny noses by reducing the amount of mucus produced by the nose.
- Antihistamine nasal sprays treat nasal blockages attributed to allergies.
- Decongestant nasal sprays work by constricting blood vessels and widening the nasal passages for easier breathing through the nose.
- Mast Cell Inhibitors are best for individuals who suffer with seasonal allergies and can predict the onset of their symptoms. These need to be used a couple of weeks prior to the onset of symptoms.
- Non-Medicated Saline Nasal Sprays help to moisturize nasal passages and soothe inflammation. They are also effective at breaking down excess mucus.
- Steroid Nasal Sprays reduce inflammation like antihistamine nasal sprays. In addition to clearing blocked nasal passages caused by allergies and colds, they are effective at treating nasal polyps and non-allergic rhinitis.
Although there are many available devices and OTC nasal spray products that you can use, not all of them might be effective for you. Most of these are anti-allergic sprays which means they reduce or eliminate the allergies to help you stop snoring but if you snore all year around, they might not be effective. The key with each type of nasal spray is that they are effective at clearing blockages or reducing the cause of them. These are common causes of snoring.
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