Do you find it embarrassing when your partner imitates the way you snore at night? Well, snoring is a fast growing problem, which rarely lead to any major ailment but it is always advisable to find a cure of the ailment to avoid long term irreversible effects.
What causes it? Snoring is a result of the obstruction of air flow. It may be due to poorly toned or weakened muscles of throat and tongue, which when in a relaxed state may obstruct the airway, blocking the free passage of air when one breathes. This is found more among obese people. Also as the throat and its subsequent tissue are relaxed when we sleep, the wind airway becomes narrower and hence, snoring occurs.
When should one seek medical assistance? When it is associated with day time sleepiness or other signs of sleep apnoea (a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep). It may also need medical attention if the degree is such that it is disturbing to others.
Can snoring lead to other health ailments? Snoring especially if associated with sleep apnoea syndrome can lead to hypertension and stroke.
Should one go for over the counter aids like; nose strips, etc? They may give temporary relief but are not long term solutions.
What should one do?
Keep a tab on one’s weight and have a healthy lifestyle.
Introducing simple lifestyle changes such as avoiding alcohol, sleeping on time and take light meals at night will help. Consult a doctor if you have sinusitis or tonsils.
Home remedues for snoring: Boil some water in a pot. Add some chamomile powder and cover with a lid for five minutes. Inhale the vapours, with a towel covering your head.
Take a few sips of olive oil beforegoing to sleep. Gargle with warm water and some salt in it. It helps clear your throat.
Inputs from Dr Nevin Kishore, Sr consultant, Respiratory Medicine, MAX Healthcare