You start to drift off into a nice relaxing sleep when all of a sudden you hear it… A loud grunting, garbling noise coming from your partner’s side of the bed. Say goodbye, to a good night!
Snoring can cause strain on your relationship and as silly as it may sound, some relationships end due to snoring. When your partner expresses signs of frustration, you may want to explore the possible solutions to help with a healthy night’s sleep and a healthy relationship.
Causes of Snoring:
Shape of your mouth, sinus cavity, and/or soft palate
Below are a few things you can do to help decrease snoring:
Avoid alcohol close to your bedtime
Sleep on your side or stomach (avoid your back)
Clear your stuffy nose
Although some of these tips above may alleviate the snoring, there are times when you may require further action or medical attention.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) In this cure, a machine blows pressurized air into your airway through a mask that is placed over your nose and is located next to your bed. This is one of the most popular snoring cures worldwide. However, not everyone is comfortable using this mask as it may affect sleep position and take time to adjust or become comfortable with the new device.
Palatal Implants/Oral Appliances To help prevent the soft palate from collapsing, a small plastic piece is implanted into the soft palate. You could also use an oral appliance to lift your jaw's position. Note: do not carry out this procedure by yourself, please consult a sleep and dental specialist.
Surgical Procedures Another option is to consult with a doctor and determine if surgery may be the best solution for you. There are multiple surgical procedures in place to open your upper airway. By opening your upper airway, you are creating a clearer path for air to travel which will allow you to breath easier and smoother.
To properly treat snoring, it is important to understand the reason why this is happening. After trying to achieve a snore-free night to no avail, it may be best to consult a doctor for further treatment and evaluation. Give it a try! Your sleeping partner will thank you later.