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Don’t let snoring keep you up at night!

Snoring isn’t good for anyone -- the person sleeping or the person who can’t. More and more of us aren’t sleeping thanks to snoring. Nearly 45 percent of adults snore at least occasionally and 25 percent are regular snorers with sleeping issues. If snoring affects your ability to sleep, you’re not alone.

What causes snoring?

Snoring occurs when areas in your mouth and nose vibrate or become blocked. Vibrating soft tissue at the back of your mouth, nose or throat causes the sound. Loud and persistent snoring may indicate sleep apnea.

In children, snoring may be a sign of problems with the tonsils and adenoids. If snoring happens more than three times per week, consult your child’s pediatrician for treatment options.

What can I do to sleep better?

These tips can help you get a better night’s sleep if you experience mild or occasional snoring:

  • Avoid tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and antihistamines before bedtime.
  • Avoid alcohol, heavy meals, or snacks before bedtime.
  • Develop a healthy lifestyle to develop good muscle tone and lose weight.
  • Develop regular sleeping patterns.
  • Raise the head of your bed four inches.
  • Sleep on your side rather than your back.
  • Quit smoking if you smoke.

Should I see a doctor if I snore?

Sleep apnea might be the cause of your snoring. This sleep disorder is common, but serious since it causes you to stop breathing while you sleep. If you experience the following symptoms on a regular basis, see your doctor:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Frequent headaches (in the morning)
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Lack of concentration or memory loss

For sleep apnea and other serious cases, surgery is sometimes an option. Your surgeon will correct any nasal obstructions and may remove tissue in your throat.

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