If or the person sleeping next to you has a snoring problem, no one is getting a good night’s sleep. There are few things that are as irritating than trying to sleep through someone else’s snoring problem. When it comes to snoring, there are several underlying causes; some are easily fixed while others are more complex. ENT Specialists is here to talk about the most common reasons people may be snoring in hopes to help everyone get a more restful night’s sleep.
Why are You Snoring?
When you are snoring at night, it isn’t only effecting the sleep of the person that is trying to sleep through it, but the actual person that is snoring as well. When you snore, you may find that even after sleeping all night, you are tired and lacking energy the next day. Here are some of the reasons you may be losing sleep at night due to snoring.
– Why Do Old People Snore?: Have you noticed that several older people snore when they sleep? It’s true, as people age, they tend to snore more. This is because their throat muscles and tongue are more relaxed with age. This causes more vibration as they inhale and also causes snoring.
– Sleeping Positions Can Cause Snoring: If you find that you snore when you are sleeping in a certain position, usually on your back, you are known as a “side dependent sleeper.” It may take some time, but most people are able to train themselves to either sleep on their side or on their stomach to avoid snoring at night.
– Snoring Due to Throat & Nose Issues: Certain conditions in the nose and throat can cause people to snore at night. Some of them include deviated septum, nasal polyps or enlarged tonsils & adenoids. All of these issues can be treated by a doctor. Even people that have severe allergies will find that they snore at night; or people that are experiencing a head cold and have severe congestion.
– Alcohol Consumption & Snoring: Many people used to believe that drinking some alcohol before going to bed is the best way to get a good night’s sleep. Now, with more studies, we are finding that is actually the opposite. Alcohol works to relax the muscles in your throat and neck which causes vibrations as you breathe at night. Likewise, you could see the same problem if you take a muscle relaxant just before turning in for the night.
– Being Overweight Can Cause Snoring: If you are overweight, you could solve your snoring problem by simply losing some excess pounds. Sometimes it’s only a matter of losing 5-10 pounds in order to get rid of snoring.
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If you or someone you love is a heavy snorer, there is a way to get rid of it and get a restful night’s sleep again. ENT Specialists can help you get to the bottom of your snoring problem so that you can have the energy you need to get through the day. Call us today!