As a person breathes, the airflow passes through some relaxed tissues which don’t move much such as tongue, soft palate and the airway. Since these tissues are sagging they narrow the airway hence when air flows through them they vibrate causing an effect which we generally call as snoring. Snoring when low can be normal but at times this can go obnoxiously loud which needs medical assistance.
Snoring for a prolonged duration can cause sleep disorders such as the most common one to be affected with is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The symptoms included are as follows:
THINGS TO NOTE BEFORE CONSULTING A DOCTOR
There are just few things which is better if we get to know about the issue of snoring as just snoring alone as a symptom would not help the doctor diagnose the best way. It’s better if we ask a partner or anyone to notice the patient’s sleep pattern. Mainly Type of snore, loudness, any abnormal body movement, breathing issue, hours of sleep and quality of sleep.
One of the reasons for snoring deeply could be because of a deviated septum in the structure of the nose. To help find this the doctor would suggest a few tests such as an MRI and X-Ray.
The doctor will conduct a test known as a sleep cycle where the patient is monitored the whole sleep duration, known as Polysomnography. This could be both done at home as well as in a hospital.
The sleep study consists of multiple sensors connected to the patient’s body to analyze the following at different point of time during sleep:
HOW TO REDUCE GENERAL SNORING?
There are various forms of treatment when diagnosed for snoring. The most common factors the doctor would suggest is just lifestyle changes. If snoring is diagnosed to be accompanied by OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) then different forms of medications and equipments are used. When coming to general snoring the lifestyle changes to be made are as follows: