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Snoring is a condition that happens when there is an obstruction in the flow of air through the mouth and noise.

What is Snoring?

Snoring is a condition that happens when the air can’t flow freely through one’s nose and throat during sleep, producing a sound that can be soft, harsh, or hoarse. It is a fairly common occurrence, with as many as half of the adult population of the United States having experienced snoring at least once in their lives. However, snoring is more prevalent among men and those who are overweight. Although most people don’t think snoring is dangerous, it can actually be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Furthermore, snoring can affect the quality of one’s own sleep and the sleep of those around him.

The major, primary reason behind snoring is an obstruction in the passages of the mouth and the nose. This obstruction can be caused a number of factors. Having an allergic reaction, a sinus infection, or a nasal problem can block the nasal airways. Alcohol consumption can cause the throat and tongue muscles to be too relaxed during sleep, also blocking the airway. Age naturally relaxes these muscles, which is why snoring is also common among the elderly. For overweight people, the fat gathered around the throat can cause bulky throat tissue, resulting in the blocked airway.

The way one snores is an indicator of the cause of snoring. If one snores and their mouth is closed, it is indicative of a problem with the tongue. If their mouth is open, it is indicative of a problem with the tissues in the tongue.

Causes of Snoring

Obstructed air flow may be caused by allergies or sinus infections. These lead to blocked nasal airways. Additionally, the throat and tongue muscles might be too relaxed and the muscle tone poor. The most common reason for this is ageing and excessive alcohol intake. Swollen tonsils in children can also result to bulky throat tissue which leads to snoring.

How to Stop Snoring

The main treatment for snoring is to clear the air passageways using nose drops like Asonor and Botanica. There are also nasal strips like Breath Right and Snoreeze. Most importantly, one should establish a regular sleep pattern, while avoiding the use of sleeping pills. One can also change his sleeping position.

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