Snoring is a common problem, with around 40% of people affected. Men are more likely to snore than women, and snoring is more likely between the ages 40 and 60. But what exactly is snoring? The snoring noise happens when air flow is obstructed and causes the soft palate and other tissues in the mouth, nose and throat to vibrate.
What causes snoring?
There are a number of different causes of snoring. Lifestyle factors such as smoking, overeating, using alcohol or sleeping pills can all contribute to snoring. In many people snoring is caused by a cold or allergy, and treatments to clear the nose can help.
Sleeping position can be a factor, as you are more likely to snore if you sleep on your back. However in practice this can be hard to change, as if this is your preferred sleeping position you may find yourself rolling onto your back as soon as you fall asleep.
How can snoring affect you and others around you?
Ways in which snoring may affect you include disturbed sleep leading to daytime drowsiness, lack of focus, irritability and loss of libido. Not only does it affect you, but it may also affect your partner, leading to relationship problems.
In some cases snoring can be related to sleep apnoea, where you stop breathing for short periods during sleep and this is important to get checked out with your doctor.
Tower Health's natural snoring solution - Therasnore
Mouth guards can be a very effective natural treatment option for snorers. You may have become used to breathing through your mouth whilst you sleep. Or your snoring may be caused by your tongue blocking your airway. The mouth guard holds your jaw and tongue forward, and encourages breathing through the nose. At Tower Health we offer a choice of mouth guards including the clinically proven Therasnore, a worldwide best seller used by the NHS.