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Secret to stop snoring

 

The truth is that snoring is a common condition that occurs to men and women of all ages. Snoring occurs when sleeping and the airways in your head relax enough to narrow, this increases the speed at which you breathe out and affects the air pressure in the airways. This change of pressure means that the soft walls of the airways are sucked inward and close, thus causing vibrations when air is forced through by heavier breathing. 


Evidence has shown that once you start snoring, it will only get worse without treatment. Since snoring weakens the muscles in the head and neck, it becomes harder and harder to keep the airways open and the snoring only increases.

 

The ultimate key to control the problem on snoring is a simple lifestyle changes. Exercising more to lose weight will alleviate pressure on airways. Stopping smoking will prevent the irritation of nasal tissue, decrease swelling and stop the build-up of catarrh, all this will help regulate your breathing and reduce snoring. Avoid alcohol before bed, a unit or two long before bed won’t hurt, but time it wrong and you’ll be snoring all night. Avoid taking sleeping pills or antihistamine before going to bed. Try to keep a regular sleeping patterns. 

 

Snoring is often associated with a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Not all snorers have OSA, but if snoring is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, it may be an indication to see a neurologist or sleep specialist for further evaluation for OSA:

  • Noise during sleep

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Morning headaches

  • Sore throat

  • Restless sleep

  • Gasping or choking at night

  • High blood pressure

  • Chest pain at night

  • Your snoring is so loud it's disrupting your partner's sleep

  • You wake up choking or gasping

See your doctor if you have any of the above symptoms. These may indicate your snoring is caused by a more serious condition, such as obstructive sleep apnea. #sleepapnea #snoring #sleeptest #sleepspecialist #neurologist #specialist #winnielimkhoo #health #sleep #exercise #lifestyle #diet #nutrition

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