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Why Do I Snore? A Simple-To-Understand Guide To What Causes Snoring & How To Stop It For Good

Snoring must not be laughing. You might think it's funny, even joking about it, but please, think again. Snoring is not only a troublesome inconvenience for those with hearing loss, it can also be a guide to deeper health problems. Snoring has been associated with marital separation, bereavement, blacklisting over the weekend with friends organized ... and even death.

Now this last complication is a big call I know. And I'm not talking here about a frustrated sleeping partner finally throwing away and pulling the trigger. Instead, I refer to dying completely in your sleep, or departing from this world as a direct result of your snoring.

It's not a scary thought, but it does happen sometimes. And unfortunately, the likelihood of this incident actually affects more people than most of us would have imagined. When a person dies from snoring, it is usually caused by complications that occur because they have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (O.S.A.).

However fortunately, most snorers experience what is often referred to as 'easy snoring'. They do not have Sleep Apnea respiratory disorders and this article mainly refers to these more common forms of snoring. If you feel you may have an O.S.A., it should be checked by a healthcare professional because as mentioned, it can cause serious health problems.

Now, some facts snore ...

- 1 in every 3 Americans snores - maybe you sleep with one of them or you actually snore?

- Once a sniper, always a snorer - unfortunately it is a lifetime problem

- Snoring usually gets worse and stronger and harder as you age.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel - with the right food and lifestyle adjustments, snoring can be controlled and in most cases even stops.

Sounds too good to be true? Good read, but first let's look at the mechanics of why you snore.

Physiologically, your snoring may be the result of partial airway obstruction in the back of your throat. This obstruction occurs because when you sleep on your neck and throat muscles, which can cause narrowing of the airways so that your breathing becomes labored and noisy as your airway is forced through smaller openings.

And the final decision? The uvula and soft elasticity at the back of your throat then vibrate against your relaxed tongue, causing the sound of snoring to be too common. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Then the deeper you sleep, the more your respiratory muscles relax and your airways narrower so that in order to maintain normal breathing, the air flow becomes stronger and stronger as you snore. So of course your frustrated sleeping partner likes you in the arms to force you to give up.

Now, the main causes of snoring can be summarized as follows:

Physiological reasons:

- Poor muscle tone on the back of the tongue, soft palate and throat

- Excessive or thick neck, neck or tongue tissue

- Adenoids or enlarged tonsils, especially in children

- A swollen or enlarged thyroid gland in the neck (known as goiter)

- Active thyroid (known as hypothyroidism)

- Upper respiratory tract, stuffy nose or stuffy sinus

- Structural abnormalities, such as distal septum or skull malformations

- Neural control of the mucous membrane in the head and neck is ineffective

- Weight loss and obesity, especially around the neck and upper abdomen

- Aging (which causes general loss of muscle)

Life style reason:

- Allergies to inhalers (eg dust), causing congestion of upper respiratory tract

- Allergies or intolerances of certain foods (such as lactose in dairy products)

- High carbohydrate diet, especially refined carbohydrates

- Flu, flu and other respiratory diseases (both viruses and bacteria)

- Excessive use of decongestants (they dry the nasal passages)

- Sleep tablets and other visitors (they relax your throat muscles too!)

- Alcohol (which both relieves and dilates - ie swells - throat muscles)

- Smoking (which flows and swells the upper airway)

- Prior throat or oral surgery

- Loss of large teeth (changing mouth shape)

While you can identify with several or many causes of your snoring, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, so please don't lose it! For most snorers, your problems MUST be controlled and the antidote for snoring is as easy as making some environmental changes.

Basically, preventing structural abnormalities, stopping your snoring in both the short and the long term often just comes to make the right diet and lifestyle changes. And there are no immediate fixes or surprising pills to avoid regular snoring, so you can stop looking for that one right away!

In contrast to a normal snorer, stopping or at least reducing snoring is about monitoring both:

1. The fuel you put into your body (that is, your food and drink)

AND

2. Your lifestyle.

Yes, over time, you may be looking for some effective short-term solutions to stop your snoring, but if you really want a long-term solution - in other words, it gives you half a chance to kill your snoring problem - then you you will need to make appropriate diet and lifestyle changes, or your dream of a quiet night will not come true.

Now I'm sorry to blab here, but the facts are facts. There is too much hype to snore, too many 'solutions'. short term that allows your snoring to come back with a vengeance as soon as you stop using it, too many silver bullets that don't really offer much help at all and don't have enough quality information on how to put a fixed end to your snoring.

On the other hand, if you are really serious about stopping your regular hearing loss, look at your diet and lifestyle choices first before you consider other treatment protocols. You will likely save yourself a lot of time and money, besides avoiding the frustration of trying product after product, only to find that the underlying problems that caused your snoring in the first place are still there!



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