When you're tired, there's nothing quite like slipping under the covers for a good, long nap. If you're really tired, you might even fall asleep on the couch while watching television or even in the backseat of the car on the way home from a soccer game.
To get good rest, you usually need some peace and quiet. Of course, there's one thing that can disrupt that peace and quiet and keep you from resting as peacefully as possible. What are we talking about? Snoring, of course!
If you know someone who snores, then you know exactly what we're talking about. When some people sleep, they make some noxious, nasally noises that can keep other people awake. Some people snore so loud that you can hear them in another room!
All of us might snore from time to time. For some people, though, snoring is a recurring problem that keeps them — and others! — awake. Snoring can even be a sign of a more serious medical problem, so read on if you snore or know someone who does!
Snoring occurs when air doesn't move as freely as it should through your nose and mouth while you're sleeping. Parts of your mouth and throat, including your tongue, soft palate, uvula, tonsils and adenoids, vibrate as you breathe, creating the unique sound we all know as snoring.
There are many possible causes for snoring. For example, allergies can make your nose stuffy and cause you to snore. Colds and infections can cause snoring by blocking your nasal passages and airways or making your tonsils or adenoids swell.
Snoring can also result from being overweight. Gaining weight can cause your airways to narrow, leading to snoring. Being overweight can also contribute to a serious condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes irregular breathing, which can contribute to snoring.
If you snore or know someone who does, there are many different types of solutions people use to try to quit snoring. Whether they work for you or not will depend a lot upon what is causing your snoring in the first place.
If your snoring is caused by seasonal allergies or a cold, it will most likely go away once you feel better. If you're snoring because you're overweight, the solution may be to drop a few pounds. You can also try simple fixes such as sleeping on your side or not eating a large meal before going to bed.
If you snore because of something else causing you to breathe irregularly, you may have luck with some of the anti-snoring products on the market today. Examples include breathing strips and mouthpieces. If sleep apnea is causing you to snore, you should see a doctor to treat this serious condition.