Snoring 101

Asonor, the innovative anti-snoring spray, recently surveyed 1000 participants about snoring habits and since then, there have been several articles talking about the reasons, insights and advice about this noisy topic.

With snoring affecting  approximately 15 million adults in the UK (that’s 1 in 3), we decided to collaborate all the useful information and put it into this Snoring 101 article of our own.

For a start, did you know that what you eat could even be a cause of smoking?!

What causes snoring?

The distinctive rumbling sound of snoring is caused by muscles in the throat relaxing during sleep. The airways become obstructed which constricts breathing and so the soft tissue vibrates as air is drawn over them. This only happens when you’re asleep as awake, the muscles are tense.

Why is snoring a problem?

Snoring & health

Snoring can be an indicator of ill health and can even cause fatalities. For example, it has been linked to people falling asleep behind the wheel, causing horrific accidents, affecting both the snorer and innocent people.

Snoring could be a sign of several medical conditions, including obstructive sleep apnoea. This occurs when the muscles and soft tissue in the throat relax, collapsing sufficiently to cause a total blockage of the airway. Airflow can be stopped for ten seconds or more before the sleeper wakes up and restarts breathing.

If you have a collar size that’s larger than 17 inches, you snore often and you’ve got high blood pressure, this may be a sign of cardiovascular disease. Make sure you get an appointment with your doctor as soon as you can.

Blood pressure monitor

 

As well as the above, snoring can greatly impact quality of sleep, which leads to tiredness in the day. This can result in lack of concentration, mood swings, lowered immune system and even depression.

 

Snoring and relationships

Snoring doesn’t just affect the person who snores but can affect the whole household too, more so if you’re sharing the bed with a snorer. Between couples, snoring can cause arguments – easily understood when it is revealed that 89% of people whose partners snore lose approximately 1.5 hours of sleep each night, leaving them tired and grumpy. A fifth of people even value a good night’s sleep so much that they have considered breaking up with their snoring partner. And sex? Forget it; snoring has been shown to leave 1 in 10 people lacking in sex drive.

 

So what can those who share a bed with a snoring partner do? Dr Chis Idzikowski, director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service and president of Sleep Medicine Section of the Royal Society Medicine has some recommendations below.

 

Ways to help reduce or stop snoring

If you do snore, or have a snoring partner, you don’t have to suffer an eternity of sleepless nights. There are many ways that you can alleviate snoring, even without the need for invasive or expensive treatment.

 

Here are 6 of the most effective ways as recommended by Dr Chis Idzikowski:

Use Asonor – this nasal spray delivers lubrication directly into the nasal passage which softens mucous membranes in the throat, and it tightens the muscles. The lubrication helps prevent a dry mouth which a lot of snorers get and the tightened muscles makes the user less likely to snore.

Asnor anti snoring spray

 

Sleep on your front – this helps your tongue fall forward and provides less constriction of the throat. If you keep moving onto your back, try using pillows to keep you in the right position.

Get a humidifier – it may not sound like the most common cause of snoring but a lot of snorers suffer from nasal congestion or allergies; the humidifier helps clean the air.

Quit smoking – the smoke you inhale from your cigarette can irritate and inflame the linings of your nose and throat which makes it more difficult to breathe. Even if you can’t give up smoking, then try and reduce smoking before bedtime.

Lose excess weight – snoring can be caused by an excess amount of fatty tissue in the back of the throat. By losing weight generally, you can also decrease the fat in your throat.

Exercise to stop snoring

 

Watch what you eat – steer clear of caffeine, heavy meals and dairy for two hours before bedtime. Some snoring is caused by allergic reactions that inflame the throat or increase mucus production and whilst it hasn’t been confirmed, it is thought that milk and dairy products may increase mucous production.

If all else fails, try a short but sharp dig in the ribs!

Useful Links to other articles

Silver Surfers - ASONOR® Snoring treatment proven to help up to 75% of snorers

Huffington Post – Could your partner’s snoring be scuppering your sex life?

Mail Online - HEALTH NOTES: More than 10 per cent of couples say snoring ruins their sex life

BT - 10 ways to stop snoring – and get a good night’s sleep