Help with Snoring

Snoring can be a symptom of a condition known as sleep apnoea which is a breathing disturbance characterised by explosively loud snoring interspersed with long pauses of silence.

During these pauses which can last for a frightening ten seconds or longer the snorer will actually stop breathing. This problem happens probably dozens or even hundreds of times a night which then prevents the snorer from falling into a natural sleep. They then wake up feeling tired, unrefreshed and exhausted. The worst thing about sleep apnoea is that it can ultimately prove to be fatal if the heart stops beating whilst in an episode of apnoea.

The exhaustion from the sleep deprivation caused through the snoring and apnoea can also lead to unrelated accidents which are caused through the sheer exhaustion the sufferer is experiencing. These can include driving accidents, working with dangerous machinery or even just losing concentration at a critical time throughout the day.

If you or your partner is snoring so loudly it causes a disturbance, keeps others awake and doesn't respond to any home remedies you've tried such as lying on your side, losing weight, stopping smoking and drinking etc, then it may be time to consult a sleep specialist. They can give you a complete evaluation of your problem and give you lots of ideas and options to improve your snoring problem.

There are lots of tests they can give you to see what is causing your snoring problem, and once the cause is discovered then hopefully they can then offer you a solution to if not solve the problem completely, at least make it less of a trouble.

Nasal splints can be an effective remedy to assist with the problem of snoring. There is a product called "Breathe easy" on the market which can be a very effective remedy for some individuals. This consists of small tapes that are placed on the sides of the nose to encourage the nostrils to keep in a wide position. This then helps the snoring problem to decrease because more air is being breathed in by the snorer. This causes the vibrations in the throat to decrease and the noise volume is lowered thus helping both the snorer and others in his household to get better nights sleep.

A nasal spray decongestant can also be a good option. Some snoring can be caused by the person developing a cold or cough; this can then aggravate any snoring problems which may be present. You shouldn't need a nasal spray decongestant to be prescribed as there is a variety which can be bought over the counter. (Ask the pharmacist for advice).

Snoring which is worsened by Rhinitis is another problem that can be helped with the assistance of a decongestant spray.

However it is important to realise that overuse of a decongestant spray can ultimately make the problem worse as they tend to thicken the lining in the nose if used too much. Decongestant sprays should be used sparingly and discarded once the medical problem is improved.