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Snoring Women by Janice Kumar
Statistics say that women snore less than men. However for every two men that snore, we have one woman snoring. Women generally snore less because their nasal passage is larger than that of men. The air passage is surrounded by soft tissue. During sleep, the muscle holding the soft tissue keeping the passage open, relaxes causing the tissue to collapse, narrowing the air passage. The air passing through this narrow passage can vibrate the soft tissue casing the sound of snoring.
Snoring can have various causes. Obesity predisposes a person towards snoring. Fat tends to get deposited around the neck, compressing the soft tissue in the oral cavity. This obstructs the airflow. Another common cause is sleeping on the back. This relaxes the lower jaw muscles, causing the mouth to fall open, compressing the soft tissues and obstructing the air passage. A strong link has also been found between low thyroid hormone and snoring in women. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome might also cause young women to snore. With age and menopause, the levels of estrogen ( which acts as a respiratory stimulant) drop, increasing the chances of snoring. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can create congestion in the nose and pharynx. This could lead to snoring. Another leading cause of snoring are the allergens which cause the nasal passage to get blocked and lead to snoring. Allergies result in irritated nasal passages, causing mucous formation and blockages and this leads to snoring during sleep.
Alcohol, drugs, and depressants increase the relaxation of muscles in the throat and depress the respiratory passage. The air passing through this passage causes the soft tissue to vibrate and this is heard as snoring. Smoking irritates the tissues of the nasal passage causing them to swell. This can also lead to snoring.
In order to avoid snoring, it is important to sleep well. A few important and easy to take precautions can lead to immediate results.
Avoiding alcohol four hours prior to going to bed, will help in reducing snoring. Alcohol is a depressant affecting the central nervous system causing the throat muscles to relax. Avoid alcohol before sleeping and avoid snoring.
Similarly try to avoid, tranquilizers, sleeping pills and depressants to reduce the incidence of snoring.
Kick the smoking habit to find better sleep without the irritating snore.
Large meals just before sleeping make the stomach work overtime, causing the central nervous system to relax. This has a direct bearing on snoring so if you are in the mood for a large meal, try to finish it at least three hours before your bed time giving the stomach enough time to work on it.
Avoid sleeping on the back. Try to sleep on the side. This will definitely help with the snoring problem.
Treat , colds, allergies and nasal polyps and deviated nasal passages through medication or surgery to find a long term solution to snoring.
REMEDIES FOR SNORING
There are just two ways that snoring can be reduced or eliminated. One is surgery and the other is to use over the counter remedies.
A thorough check up from your doctor is necessary first step to identify the leading cause of the problem. Surgical treatments include removal of excess tissue from the soft palate, removing excessively large tonsils or adenoids, and trimming and tightening the soft tissue in the throat. In case the problem is caused by nasal polyps or a deviated nasal septum, surgery can be quite effective and a fast solution to the problem.
The over the counter remedies include the following.
Nasal dilators can be placed inside the nostrils to keep them popped open.
Nasal strips with spring clips can be stuck on the outside of the nose to dilate the nostrils.
Herbal mouth sprays can help in keeping the air passage clean and clear while sleeping.
Snore pillows can help 'back sleepers' and help them sleep on the side reducing the incidence of snoring.
Mandibular devices of thermo flexible plastic moulded for tongue based snorers can be useful in specific cases.
Chin up plasters applied over the lower jaw can help prevent the lower jaw from sagging and reduce snoring.
Electronic anti- snoring devices can be useful.
If nothing works , try getting your partner a pair of ear plugs so that snores do not disturb his/her sleep!
It may also be mentioned that many people find relief for their specific underlying condition leading to snoring through many alternative treatments and remedies. In this context Homeopathy, a regimen of Yoga, Tai-Chi and Reiki can be very effective. These alternative treatments can fix the various problems relating to stress, allergies, depression, dependence on alcohol and stimulants and can help a person sleep better and snore less
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