Snoring is one of the signs of sleep apnea and can be an obstacle to a good night’s rest. Depending upon the severity of your snoring problem, there are several ways to prevent snoring without undergoing medical treatment. In mild cases, behavioral changes may be all that is necessary. If you want to prevent snoring or if you suffer from sleep apnea, schedule a visit with Dr. John V. Louis to discover whether you are affected by one of these recognized snoring causes in Easton, MD, including:
- Sleeping position
- Weight gain or obesity
- Nasal breathing problems
- Large throat tissue
- Medication or alcohol
Are You Losing Sleep Due to These Snoring Causes in Easton, MD?
Sleeping on your back can cause your mouth to fall open by pulling the jaw down and back. As a result, your tongue will drop into the airway, blocking the passage. Attempt to sleep on your side or stomach to prevent snoring.
Weight Gain or Obesity
Excess fat deposits on the neck can restrict airflow to the throat. Weight loss may help to prevent snoring.
Nasal Breathing Problems
If you are unable to breathe through your nose, due to a deviated septum or allergies, you will be forced to breathe through your mouth while sleeping. This can result in snoring.
Large Throat Tissue
Swollen or large soft tissue, including a large tongue, uvula, or soft palate, can block the airway, causing you to snore.
Medication or Alcohol
Alcohol and prescription medication can relax the muscles and soft tissue in the throat, encouraging the airway to collapse. Avoid alcohol or find out if you can take your medication at a different time to prevent snoring.
Smoking can irritate the nasal cavity and throat, resulting in congestion and increased mucous production which can cause snoring. Quit smoking now to prevent snoring and many other tobacco related conditions.
For more information on factors that affect snoring, visit Dr. Louis in Easton, MD. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.