Snoring: A common sleep disorder
Sleep consumes as much as one-third, or more, of average human’s life. Even if people hope for restful sleep, many types of sleep disorder reduce the quality and quantity of sleep. Snoring is the most common cause of sleep disorder affecting people.
Snoring is divided into two categories: Obstructive sleep apnea and Primary snoring.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by loud, excessive snoring, interrupted by breathing stoppages and gasping for breath. Other symptoms include excessive sleepiness in the daytime and obesity. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in male.
is very common and is unrelated to apneic episodes. Primary snoring may be an early predictor for people who will eventually develop obstructive sleep apnea. This progression is more likely in people at ages 35-40 and who undergo a weight gain.
Primary snoring is characterized by loud noises that disturb the sleeper or sleep partners. It can be caused by different type of problems:
– if the oropharynx is smaller or narrower than normal
– a deviated nasal septum
– hypertrophy of the tonsils and/or adenoids
– temporary or permanent enlargement of the nasal passages
– mandibular abnormalities
– tongue enlargement
– smoking or air pollution
Medical consequences in Sleep Apnea
The obstructive sleep apnea should always be checked by a physician. The fact that you won’t receive the proper amount of air will lead in time to serious diseases. Not enough air means poor blood and brain oxygenation. Even primary snoring can signal other morbid conditions. Nocturnal asthma may be a cause of snoring and snoring may be a trigger for nocturnal asthma. The day time tiredness and sleepiness is only a residual effect of snoring. Snoring often coexists with hypertension, heart disease, asthma and brain ischemia.
Smoking – Cigarette smoking has been demonstrated to be the cause of numerous medical problems, including snoring. The cause is the negative effect of smoking on mucociliary clearance reducing the ciliary mobility, increasing the upper airway blockages and allowing mucus to collect. This effect can even occur through exposure to second-hand smoke.
Nasal Obstruction – a normal breathe through the nose while sleeping will not cause snoring. When a nasal obstruction appears that we must breathe through the mouth, the risk of snoring is increased. Opening the airway passages through the upper respiratory tract is one solution to snoring.
How Salt Therapy helps in Snoring
Depending on your snoring pattern, home salt therapy could be a real help to prevent and reduce snoring. Salt particles have bactericide, mucokinetic, hydrophilic and anti inflammatory properties. Because of these natural properties, the salt particles help to reduce inflammation in mucosa, opening and widening the airways. It will help to restore the normal transport of mucus and eliminate nasal obstruction and snoring. Widening the airway passages in the nose and sinuses, it will also improve the sinuses drainage and will reduce snoring.
However, if a person seems to gasp for breath during sleep, the snoring may be caused by obstructive sleep apnea. This is a serious medical condition and should consult a doctor.
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