Frequently Asked Questions About Snoring
Snoring can be a surprisingly difficult thing to understand sometimes. But it’s also significant, and can have a fairly dramatic impact on your life. For that reason, it’s important to understand it (and the potential remedies for it) to the best of your ability.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear about snoring and the most common remedies for it. Hopefully, after browsing this FAQ, you will have fewer questions and more answers when it comes to snoring and OSA.
Q: What is snoring?
A: Snoring is that rasping, choking, gurgling, and/or wheezing sound you hear when people are trying to sleep, but do so extremely noisily. Snoring has to do with the airways, so it happens when people inhale or exhale while they are sleeping.
Snoring can be caused by a number of different things. For many, snoring occurs when tissue in the soft palate vibrates during inhalation. For others, it happens when they become congested. For others, it can happen when there’s too much fatty tissue in the throat, which causes it to ‘collapse in on itself’ slightly during sleep. This restricts the airway and causes more soft tissue vibration.
With so many different causes for snoring, it’s important to understand what’s causing it for you before you can make a choice about how best to deal with it. Different remedies and products target different problems – so try to identify which particular part of your body (throat, nose, the back of the tongue, the sinus passages, etc.) is causing the problem before seeking a solution.
Q: What is sleep apnea?
A: Sleep apnea is a fairly common condition in which you suffer ‘pauses in breathing’ during sleep. There are technically two different types – there is obstructive sleep apnea, and central sleep apnea. Obstructive is the more common type, and involves the airway collapsing in on itself during sleep – which blocks your ability to breathe, thus causing a ‘pause’. Any air that does slip by, however, will probably cause considerable vibration and a very loud snoring sound – which is how most people identify it.
The problem with sleep apnea is that it eventually deprives the brain of oxygen – which causes your brain to ‘wake you up’ so that you can breathe, but not enough that you’re usually aware of waking up. When you do, your throat muscles tense and you breathe just fine – until you go back to sleep, only to have the entire process begin again.
This can significantly impact your quality of sleep, and can cause you to eventually become sleep deprived. People with OSA have a lot of trouble getting the rest they need, and may sometimes contribute to sleep loss for other people around them as well.
Q: Is snoring dangerous?
A: Snoring, in itself, is really just noisy – but it can disrupt your quality of sleep, and that’s where the real danger is. Sleep loss, in itself, can contribute to a number of problems – and some of them can be quite serious. Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can put a strain on the heart, increase your risk for high blood pressure, cause enlargement of the heart itself, and increase your risk for a heart attack.
These can also contribute to lower oxygen levels in the blood, which can cause constriction in the blood vessels and may eventually lead to pulmonary hypertension. Headaches, obesity, and daytime fatigue can also be made worse of you suffer from either of these.
Snoring, on its own, isn’t something that you should be especially alarmed about – but it is something that you should try to remedy as quickly as possible.
Q: What is a stop-snoring device?
A: A stop-snoring device is a product that was produced to help relieve snoring problems. There are many different types of stop snoring devices, ranging from mandibular advancement devices, to tongue stabilization devices, to nasal breathing strips, to many more. There are also stop snoring therapies available in the form of pills, sprays, and oils that are said to help reduce the effects of snoring and help you to get a better night’s sleep.
Of course, some of these methods will tend to work better than others. For best results, you might need to try a few different things before figuring out what will work the best for you.
Q: Can stop snoring devices/remedies really help?
A: Yes, stop snoring devices and snoring remedies can certainly help – but they’re not all created equal, and some of them will tend to work better for different people. You might need to experiment and try some different things before settling on a product that’ll work right for you.
Q: What should you do if you suffer from snoring on a regular basis?
A: If snoring is bothering you or your loved-ones on a regular basis, then you should probably consider looking for some way to get rid of the problem. If you fear that you’re suffering from sleep apnea in any way, then a visit to your doctor might be a good idea.
If it’s just a case of snoring, however, then ordering a stop-snoring device might be one possible way to solve the problem. Of course, different devices might not help everyone the same way – but you’d be surprised at how effective some of them can be.
Q: Do you need to see a doctor for your snoring problem?
A: You probably don’t need to see a doctor unless you feel that you might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. If that ends up being the case, then you might want to see your doctor for a sleep study to confirm it, as sleep apnea is a much more serious medical condition than snoring is.
Q: How many people in the world suffer from snoring?
A: According to an article published on Wikipedia on the subject, at least 30% of adults, and perhaps as many as 50% of people on some demographics have a snoring problem. Men tend to snore more often than women, and snoring tends to become more likely as a person ages.
According to this article, published on sleepfoundation.org, snoring “is a common problem among all ages and both genders, and it affects approximately 90 million American adults – 37 million on a regular basis.”
As you can see, snoring is certainly a widespread problem. You can almost bet that there’s going to be at least one snorer in every household, especially if the family is large enough.
Q: Does being overweight make you more likely to snore?
A: This is actually true. Being overweight can contribute to snoring problems because it makes you more likely to have extra fatty tissue in the airway. This can significantly impact your odds of suffering from snoring or OSA. The more fatty tissue you have in your throat, the more likely you are to suffer blockages while sleeping – which is what starts the vast majority of snoring problems.
Q: Are you less likely to snore if you live an active lifestyle?
A: This is also true. If you live a more active lifestyle, you’ll tend to have less body fat, and will also tend to have more muscle tone and definition – both of which are things that can help to cut down on snoring. Living a more active lifestyle will contribute not only to better health and well-being in-general, but also to a better night’s rest – including (but not limited to) a possible decrease in your risk for snoring or sleep apnea.
Q: Why does snoring tend to get worse as you get older?
A: Snoring tends to get worse as you get older because, as you get older, you muscle mass tends to decrease and the loose tissue in the throat tends to get in the way of your breathing more. Younger people will tend to have more tone to their muscle and tissue, while older people might have greater challenges in this area.
Q: Does snoring surgery really help, or is it a waste of money?
A: Snoring surgeries can certainly help. Sometimes, they might fix your snoring problem for good – and sometimes, they can seriously diminish it. Of course, whether or not a stop snoring surgery may be right for you is something that only a doctor can say with any kind of certainty – and even then, medical professionals will generally always make sure to inform you that there is no snoring surgery that’s 100% effective all of the time.
There is always going to be a chance that a snoring surgery won’t work – and if that ends up happening, then you might find yourself out-of-pocket for the cost of the surgery without any real solution in sight. This is why a lot of people are unsure about whether or not to get one. They could get it done, and it might end up helping a lot – but they might also come to realize that a stop-snoring device, which is significantly cheaper, can do the job just as well with much less monetary risk.