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A good night sleep ensures a fresh start the next day. Therefore if you wish to start your day with full enthusiasm and zeal, make sure you comfortable sleep at night. However, if you are co-sleeping with a person who has a habit of snoring at night, the constant noise can greatly affect your quality of sleep.

What, exactly, is snoring?

Snoring Disrupting Sleep - sleep apnea in Idaho FallsSnoring is a noise similar to a snort or a rattle, however, can vary from person to person during their sleep. Often people who sleep while keeping their mouth open experience snoring as the noise passes through the soft palate and tissue present in the mouth vibrates, and produces the characteristic snoring sound. The loudness of the sound can differ from person to person. In many cases, it is very low and is hardly audible, but in some cases, it can be very loud and can become troublesome. With the help of a grading system, the severity of snoring has been estimated. The grading system is often used by healthcare professionals where snoring is regarded as a possible health concern.

Symptoms of sleep apnea Idaho Falls

The most common symptom of snoring is the effect itself. When a person makes strange saw or motor sounds through their nose or mouth while asleep, that is snoring. The sound is caused due to vibration of tissues in the nose and throat. The loudness of the snore depends on the intensity of the soft tissue which is situated on the back of the nose to vibrate.

“Snoring is when you make a noticeable sound when you breathe in during sleep. In lay man’s term, often snoring is caused due to tissue vibration, and it has been noticed that a person snores when he/she is within their deepest stage of sleep. “

Following are the various snoring grades:

Grade one snoring

Grade one snoring is very common and is experienced by almost everybody, sometime or another during their lifetime. In fact, many babies experience grade 1 snoring. Grade 1 snoring is generally infrequent is of very less intensity, which does not suggest any health issues.

Grade two snoring

Grade 2 snoring is not only louder than grade 1 snoring but is categorized as grade 2 when a person snores more than 3 times a week. If a person experiences grade 2 snoring may indicate possible breathing obstructions or even a more serious problem.

Grade three snoring

If a person happens to snore every day very loudly at long intervals, Grade 3 snoring may be suspected. Grade 3 snoring may be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea where the airway gets blocked for few seconds and the brains pass signals to the airways to clear the obstruction in order to get more oxygen. This can lead to a disturbance from a deep sleep which can lead to uneasiness and loss of meaningful and restful sleep.

Though snoring is a very general and typically does not indicate adverse health issues, it is wise to consult your doctor if any of the following is experienced!

Snoring can sometimes cause excessive tiredness as it may cause uneasiness and difficulty breathing while you are asleep. If lack of sleep (with snoring) is causing problems with your day to day routine then it may be time to see a doctor. Do any of the following apply to you?

  • Issues with short term memory and/or poor concentration
  • Headaches and/pr nausea
  • short temper and/or hot temper
  • stress
  • feeling depressed
  • loss of appetite

If you are experiencing any of the above and have a history of snoring, tell your doctor.

What causes sleep apnea?

There is soft tissue in your head and neck that, when vibrates during breathing, can cause snoring. This vibration generally occurs on the passage which connects the nose and the mouth as well as the soft palate which is located near the back of the tongue. When a person is sleeping the airways become relaxed and the soft tissues vibrate rapidly as air is drawn back and forth past them. This vibration is quite common in case of a cold or during flu as the airways is already blocked. Also, people who regularly smoke and drink are more prone to snoring.

Treating sleep apnea?

Dental Appliance - sleep apnea in Idaho FallsSince snoring is a common occurrence and is often never regarded as a medical problem, it is mostly ignored. However, if it starts to pose a problem then it is important to seek medical advice.

There are various ways by which snoring can be treated. Treatment can, to a great extent, improve snoring but sometimes it is not possible to 100% completely be rid of it. Snoring can easily be controlled with the use of many different kinds of procedures and medicines. Snoring can also be controlled by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Simple things such as losing weight and maintaining a healthy diet can help reducing snoring. In other cases, the use of a nasal strip or a mouth guard can help to clear the airway.

If sleep apnea is serious enough and other treatments don’t provide relief, surgery may be required. The surgery is pretty straightforward and involves removing the soft tissue which actually results in snoring. Once the tissues are removed then they do not vibrate as they get tighten and reduces snoring and sometimes also help stop snoring to a large extent.

Surgery might seem to be a pretty attractive alternative to stop snoring but sadly the effects of surgery do not last too long and the person might again start to snore after a few days. One needs to take into consideration that surgery might also result in some side effects which can cause complications in the future. Therefore surgery should be considered as the last resort.

Though snoring is not really a serious medical problem however if left untreated can result in some serious damages. Since snoring is caused due to vibrations, therefore, it can affect the blood vessels and the muscles present in the head and nose which ultimately weakens the muscles and the immune system.

There are few things or habits which can increase the risk of snoring which consists of the following:

  • Increased weight – It is evident that excessive weight can lead to several health complications such as heart problems, high BP etc., similarly it has been found to be a major cause of snoring as well. People who are fatter tend to snore more than people who are slimmer.
  • Excessive drinking – Controlled drinking, in fact, has some health benefits however excessive and regular drinking can damage the liver and other essential organs, on the other hand, it has other minor issues such as loss of appetite, lack of sleep and snoring as well.
  • Antidepressants and sedatives – people who generally take antidepressants and sedative to counter other problem experience snoring as it tends to block the airways and lead to snoring.
  • Smoking – inflammation of airways lead to snoring and tobacco generally is associated with inflammation of airways thus increasing the risk of snoring.
  • Allergic rhinitis – people who suffer from allergies due to pollen and are prone to hay fever suffer from allergic rhinitis. In such a condition the inside of the nose gets inflamed and swollen thus blocking the air passage which leads to snoring while a person is asleep.

There is something or the other cure for every problem, thus why live in pain or misery. Sleep apnea in Idaho Falls can be cured to a large extent; there are various simple ways to get your snoring in control and save you from the embarrassment and long term problems. Comfort Sleep Solutions will help you get back your peaceful sleep without any side effects and long term symptoms, all you have to do is take a step forward and everything else will fall in place.

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