Importance of Physician Information regarding Snoring
Snoring is more common than what you might think. In fact, up to 45% of all individuals snore occasionally while 25% are considered chronic or habitual snorers. However, if you snore, it doesn’t necessarily indicate that there is an underlying medical condition. In some cases, it could be a symptom of a sleeping disorder such as sleep apnea that requires an OTC anti-snoring solution or treatment by a physician or specialist.
What causes Us to snore?
There are numerous reasons why people snore as well as why one person does and another person doesn’t. Some of the more common causes of snoring include:
- being obese or overweight
- congestions related to allergies and colds
- drinking alcohol
- enlarged adenoids and/or tonsils
- irregularly shaped facial bones
- large tongue base or an unusually small mouth with a large tongue
- swollen areas within the mouth such as the soft palate and uvula
- taking sedatives or sleeping pills
Additionally, for women, being in the last trimester (latter stage of pregnancy) increases the risk of snoring. When snoring is not a symptom of an underlying medical condition or sleep apnea, it poses no significant health risk. However, it can disrupt you and your partner’s sleep and the hinder the quality of it.
Common Snoring Symptoms
Snoring is a noisy, rattling, vibrating sound that happens as you breathe during sleep. While snoring may or may not be a symptom of sleep apnea, chronic or habitual snoring could have the following consequences:
- changes in your attention span, inability to concentrate, and memory loss
- excessive daytime fatigue or sleepiness
- feeling confused when waking up at night
- interrupted breathing while sleeping (observed by your partner)
- morning headaches
- recent weight gain
- waking up and not feeling rested
If you suspect that you have a snoring problem or your partner/spouse has expressed their concerns about your snoring, it may be time to speak with a doctor or specialist regarding OTC anti-snoring products or other solutions for snoring.
How do Physicians diagnose Snoring Problems?
A physician will review your medical history along with your symptoms and perform a physical exam when diagnosing your condition. They may even ask your partner or spouse specific questions such as how and when you snore in order to understand the extent and severity of your snoring problem. In addition, they may suggest imaging tests such as a CT scan, MRI, or X-rays.
They may also recommend a sleep study that records brain waves, blood-oxygen levels, your breathing rate, eye and leg movements, heart rate, and sleep stages. If they want to find out if your snoring is associated with an underlying condition or health problem, they may inquire about:
- incidences wherein your breathing is interrupted while sleeping
- problems resulting from not getting enough rest
- sleeping positions that worsen your snoring
- snoring frequency and volume
When it comes to sleep-related issues, your physician or a sleep therapist should evaluate your circumstances and determine whether or not your snoring is a sign of sleep apnea. Remember, it’s always better to be proactive where any health conditions are concerned.
What are Your Treatment Options?
When it comes to anti-snoring products and solutions for snoring, there are several options to consider. Some are non-invasive, easy ways to stop snoring while others are invasive or involve surgery. Some relatively non-invasive OTC remedies include:
- Nasal dilators that keep the nostrils open for easier breathing
- Nasal sprays (anti-snoring sprays)
- Nasal strips that are worn across the bridge of your nose just above where the nostrils flare
Other, more invasive options include:
- continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP machines that help to maintain breathing and minimize snoring while your sleep
- mandibular advancement devices (MAD’s) or oral appliances similar to mouthguards that move the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open
In the more severe cases involving anatomical obstructions of the airway, one of the following surgical procedures may be required:
- Adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy – removes excess tissue from the back of the nose or throat
- Laser-assisted uvulapalatoplasty – reduces soft palate tissues
- Radiofrequency ablation – also referred to as Somnoplasty®, this procedure shrinks soft palate and tongue tissue using radiofrequency energy
- Septoplasty – improves airflow through the nose by straightening a deviated septum
The product and its defined purpose is acknowledged by the relevant medical authorities and forms the frame of reference for that particular part of the medical documentation concerning the performance and the link between snoring and OSA. The demands for the authorities are stated below:
- Classification: We refer to the Directive Article 1, Definitions, Scope (Directive 93/42/EEC)
- Product safety: We refer to the Annex 1, Essential Requirements (Directive 93/42/EEC)
- Product performance ( defined purpose ): We refer to Annex 1 and Annex X, Clinical Evaluation (Directive 93/42/EEC)
Outside Europe Asonor® is approved by the medical authorities (Ministry of Health) in more than 70 countries, including USA where Asonor® was registered in 2007.
Asonor® is produced in accordance with the guidelines for production of medicine at GMP facilities in Germany, Spain and Denmark.
There are no known or registered side effects from using Asonor®
In most countries, Asonor® is available as an OTC product and available in leading pharmacies
Asonor is recommended for patients who experience ordinary to heavy snoring. These patients often suffer from tiredness during the day and/or a dry mucous membrane and high blood pressure.
The patient is typically a male over 35 years of age with an unhealthy lifestyle (stress, smoking, alcohol and unhealthy food). Our experience has shown that more and more women are suffering from snoring.
Asonor is the alternative to laser treatment and anti-snoring sleeping devices which are used in the mouth or nose at night. Many of our Asonor users have complained that these devices are uncomfortable.
In addition, there is a certain health risks that laser treatment s pose and also have some side effects, which cannot be treated. Asonor is a widely accepted snoring solution provider.
International research shows that snorers have a decrease in quality of life with a high risk of cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, stress, decreased sexual function, obstructive sleep apnoea, headache and premature death. We have linked some of these studies. Read more.
On a closing note, some snoring symptoms can be relieved with Asonor Anti-snoring Nasal Spray and Solution by TannerMedico. For more information about this amazing product, visit our website or e-mail us at [email protected].