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Snoring is noisy breathing, loud and harsh, that occurs while sleeping. The sound occurs when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. Snoring can happen at any stage of sleeping.
About half of the people snore at some point in their lives. About 40 percent of adult men and 24 percent of adult women are habitual snorers. Snoring is most commonly seen in men, than in women. It is more common as you get older. Men become less likely to snore after the age of 70.
Snoring sound increases as the airway is narrowed down. When the airway is narrowed, the airflow becomes more forceful which increases the tissue vibration and further causes snoring to grow louder.
There are various factors that affect the airway and causes snoring:
In children, snoring may be a sign of problems with the tonsils and adenoids. A chronically snoring child should be examined by an otolaryngologist, who may recommend a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy to return the child to full health.
Snoring may be a sign of more serious condition called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), which can lead to serious, long-term health problems. To rule out sleep apnoea, snorers should seek immediate medical advice. An otolaryngologist will provide a thorough examination of the nose, mouth, throat, palate, and neck, using a fibreoptic scope. An examination can reveal the cause of snoring which may include nasal allergy, infection, nasal obstruction, or enlargement of tonsils and adenoids. A sleep study in a laboratory or at home is necessary to determine if snoring is due to OSA.
Treatment of snoring depends upon the diagnosis and levels of upper airway narrowing. Diagnosis plays an important part in the treatment of snoring.
People who suffer from mild snoring can follow the below self-help remedies to relive from snoring:
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