Snoring

snoring-1Whilst some people rarely snore and others snore quietly, there are many who snore every night, and sometimes as loudly as a pneumatic road drill.

The snorting and rattling noises come from vibration of the soft palate and tissue in the mouth, nose or throat. Read more at What Happens When You Snore.

Loud and repeated snoring is more than a joke, especially when it damages relationships and causes excessive sleepiness and poor concentration during the day.

Snoring solutions range from losing weight to wearing a breathing device to, in the last resort, surgery. Treatment can improve snoring in a number of cases, but a complete cure is not always possible.

Symptoms

Some snorers deny that they snore, but may be told they do by others sleeping nearby. Occasionally the force of a snore will wake the sleeper, causing gasping or choking during the night.

 

snoring-2Loud snoring, particularly if you have a more serious condition called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) which causes you repeatedly to stop breathing for around 10 seconds, can make you feel excessively tired during the day.

 

The most common signs of excessive daytime tiredness are when you find yourself falling asleep during the day, and concentration and memory suffer. Others are headaches (particularly in the morning), irritability and a short temper, anxiety, depression or loss of libido (sex-drive).

Causes

Being overweight, having a blocked nose or enlarged tonsils, drinking alcohol and smoking greatly increase your chances of snoring. Most people tend to snore loudest when sleeping on their backs.

Snoring can sometimes point to a more serious condition. The most common is obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

 

Nasal blockage may be caused by allergic rhinitis. Allergy to pollen, dust, mould or animal particles, gives hay fever-like symptoms and can result in nasal polyps (fleshy swellings inside your nose). Read more about  Allergy Testing

 

Snoring can worsen if left untreated; it can weaken nerves that supply muscles in the head and neck, further impairing their ability to keep your airways open and making you more likely to snore. The vibrations of snoring may inflame the upper airway causing swelling and further narrowing the airway.

 

Snoring in children can be caused by airway problems such as enlarged tonsils, which may need further investigation.

Diagnosis

At the South West Sleep Clinic we ask questions to find out what makes you snore, how often and how loudly you snore and how you feel during the day. Your snoring will be graded. Read more about Three Grades of Snoring

 

snoring-3We weigh and measure you to find your body mass index (BMI) and your mouth and throat will be checked for conditions such as swollen tonsils or a non-cancerous growth.

 

We ask, if at night you are aware of snorting or gasping noises between snores – a yes might indicate you have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), and you may be given a monitoring device to wear at night while you sleep at home. This is known as a home sleep study.

Treatment

At the South West Sleep Clinic we search out and treat underlying health conditions, and offer advice and support on how to reduce snoring. Read more about  How to Stop Snoring

 

Where non-invasive solutions and lifestyle changes (such as giving up smoking and losing weight) have failed, and when we have confirmed that soft tissue in your mouth is responsible for your disruptive snoring, as the last resort the answer could be surgery. Read more at Surgical Snoring Solutions

 

Allergic rhinitis can be controlled with medication, and the most effective treatments available for sleep apnoea are devices to help with breathing during sleep.Read More about Sleep Apnoea

 

What Happens When You Snore

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When you go to sleep your airways relax and narrow, changing the inner air pressure within them and making the tissue in your nasal passages, the soft palate in the..

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Three Grades of Snoring

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Grade one snoring is infrequent, not particularly loud, and breathing is unaffected. Significant health problems are rarely related to these symptoms

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Snoring Solutions

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At the South West Sleep Clinic we search out and treat underlying health conditions, and offer advice and support on how to reduce snoring.

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Allergy Testing

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There are a lot of different types of allergies that can cause various levels of discomfort that can give you problems with snoring or going to sleep. Allergy symptoms can include…

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Sleep Apnoea

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This is a relatively common condition that interrupts breathing during sleep. It affects around 4% of middle-aged men and 2% of middle-aged women in the UK.

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How to Stop Snoring

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Many snorers can be helped by a variety of treatements – you may have to keep working at it, but the benefits can outweigh the effort involved.

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