Overcoming Snoring the Natural Way
Snoring is a common problem among American and Canadian adults, and while many of us have been taught to ignore snoring as just some mundane, trivial if not humorous consequence of bad luck, it’s actually more serious than that.
The main mechanism in snoring is the airway is getting closed partially, preventing the airway from functioning as normal and letting air through for breathing.
There are many causes for snoring, and most of it is genetic, based upon a person’s weight, body mass, sinuses, throat, chin, and jaw structure, and lifestyle choices. Smokers and people on prescription drugs, as well as regular partakers of alcohol, can also have higher rates of snoring.
Over half of the US is considered to be overweight, and over one third are considered clinically obese. This is thought to be a major cause of snoring and worse- sleep apnea- according to Harvard medical doctors. I know this is isn’t something people like to hear, but it’s true.
What Can You Do About Snoring?
Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do about your snoring issue without going to a doctor and settling on a CPAP outright. First, take an honest look at your body weight, your current activity level, and see where you can cut out the precription meds, beers, and Marlboros.
Second, adjust your sleep position and try sleeping on your side to see if this helps. Additionally, an anti snoring pillow can be a helpful thing for snorers as well.
Third, examine how often you exercise and what you do. Men are most susceptible to snoring, most likely because as they age, what was once muscle starts to turn to flab, and they may start to put on the pounds the less exercise they do. This is why physical exericse is so important.
A Stop Snoring Mouthpiece Can Help
While many people go for the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device or even surgery, others may find relief from a much cheaper and less committal option- the stop snoring mouthpiece.
There are 2 main types of anti snoring mouthguards, the MAD (mandibular advancement device) and the tongue retention device. They are both effective but function in different ways. MADs act by keeping the chin from slipping back towards the throat and constricting the airway, and the tongue retention device keeps the tongue pulled forward near the opening of the mouth so it doesn’t slip back into the mouth and depress the tonsils.
Final Word on Beating Snoring
While snoring may not kill you directly, it can lead to other issues like heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, higher stress levels, decreased energy, anxiety, depression, and decreased productivity.
The best thing to do is to take a proactive approach and do something for your health. It may just be an annoying little quirk right now, but it could be a bigger problem down the road.