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Snoring compromises the health of yourself and your partner

A snoring partner can endanger the relationship and the health of your own and the person next to you. A cell phone can help to track the symptoms.

Can someone be snoring unknowingly?

There are many kinds of snoring: a snoring that does not interfere with the snorer's own sleep but disturbs that person next to the snorer and snoring, which also interferes snorers own sleep.

In addition, there are snorers with breathing problems. Poor sleeping do not nourish or relax the body and mind. Poor quality sleep can be felt as fatigue, headache, and concentration disability. It can also threaten health and cause heart problems and depression.

It's estimated that about half of people are snoring at some stage of life.

Why are women snoring after menopause?

It is estimated that every fifth middle-aged man snores each night, and every tenth of the same age women. The problem becomes more common with age. Half of the men after sixties are snoring as well as every third of the women are roaring.

After menopause, women begin to catch men's head start. Hormonal causes may contribute to this, as the decrease in estrogen will dry the upper respiratory mucous membrane and in some people, the dryness of the nasal mucous membranes may be partly due to snoring.

The main reason behind post-menopausal snoring is probably being overweight and aging of the throat associated tissues.

Overweight people have accumulated fat around the neck, which narrows the airways. Horn sound is formed when the airflow gets into the throat tissues at the time of oscillation.

Is snoring dangerous?

Snoring is dangerous if it entails respiratory distress, as it may get exposed to, for example, brain or heart problems.

Snoring itself is also dangerous if it hampers sleep and causes daytime sleepiness. Tiredness increases the snorer’s risk of accidents.

How can snoring be reduced?

Overweight is recommended to lose at least some weight. Even a small weight loss can help with the snoring.

Some people only snore when sleeping on their back. They can try to reduce their snoring with a shirt with a stitched pocket for a tennis ball. Cushioned belts have also been developed for residential care. These means seem so unpleasant that a person would rather sleep on his side.

Letting go of smoking helps. Alcohol relaxes the throat muscles too much, and tobacco increases swelling in the upper respiratory tract. Soothing drugs exacerbate snoring.

Nasal congestion and large tonsils makes it harder to breathe. The cause of nasal congestion may be in drug-treated allergies, tumors of the nasal mucosa, or anatomic stenosis of the nasal passage of the nose wall. The polyps are treated by a doctor.

Would a pillow change help?

Sometimes help with snoring can be achieved through pillows and mattresses.

The cushion affects the head and neckline position. When the cushion is at right height, it changes the head position. In this case, the cervical spine extends slightly and the upper respiratory tract remains open. The pillow is always individually selected.

When a mattress is inappropriate for the user, the sleeper often goes on his back.

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Help from the pharmacy?

Sprays and patches are sold for snoring. They may help some or not, because the reasons for snoring vary.

If there is a cause, for example, in the structure of the throat or in the problems of bite, the patch will not help them.

Some have received help from anti-snoring mouthpieces that are being inserted between the teeth. It brings a slight downward movement of the lower lip so that the air will flow even better in the throat.

When snorer should go to see a doctor?

It is advisable to go to a doctor if snoring is a disadvantage for yourself or for a partner. If snoring repeatedly makes someone feel sleepy and fatigued from day to day, medical assistance is required.

The sound of snoring can occasionally rise to 80 dB, which corresponds to the volume of traffic or shouting. Before long, noise and the subsequent fatigue begin to hinder the relationship.

What happens at the doctor’s reception?

At the reception the doctor looks into the patient's throat, examines the nose, bite, jaw and neck position and weighs the patient. In addition, the symptoms, medicines and illnesses in the patient are being studied.

You can be prepared to a reception by making a recording of your snoring with a cell phone. If the sounds refer to respiratory distress, the patient is subjected to a sleep registration. For that purpose, he gets the device home for a night. The device registers, for example, heart rate, blood oxygen pressure, respiratory disturbances, palpitations,

Based on the stored data, the physician will be able to determine how serious breath breaks are and decide on treatment.

How does a doctor handle breathing breaks?

If snoring is accompanied by severe breathing interruptions, the patient often gets CPAP device. Device care keeps the upper respiratory tract open during sleep. The treatment is carried out by means of an atmospheric pressure controlled by a nose mask. The appliance is used every night continuously.

Existing CPAP devices are small in size and are very quiet in use.

Most of the recipients of the device are happy with the treatment because it has a great effect on the quality of sleep and on the next day.

Is surgery an option for snoring and breathing interruptions?

The previous major physiotherapy operations have almost completely abandoned due to the associated disadvantages and poor results.

RFA, ie radio frequency therapy, can be recommended for snorers who have problems with the stuffy nose. The treatment reduces the bulges inside the nasal passage. The treatment is fast and can be done at the reception with local anesthesia.

If the snorer has big tonsils, their removal can facilitate snoring.

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