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Snoring Prevention

Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. In some cases, the sound may be soft, but in most cases, it can be loud and unpleasant. Snoring during sleep may be a sign, or first alarm, of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Research suggests that snoring is one of the factors of sleep deprivation.

In Layman's terms, snoring is the result of the relaxation of the uvula and soft palate. These tissues can relax enough to partially block the airway, resulting in irregular airflow and vibrations. Snoring can be attributed to one or more of the following:

  • Throat weakness, causing the throat to close during sleep.
  • Mispositioned jaw, often caused by tension in the muscles.
  • Obesity that has caused fat to gather in and around the throat.
  • Obstruction in the nasal passageway.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Sleep deprivation.
  • Relaxants such as alcohol or other drugs relaxing throat muscles.
  • Sleeping on one's back, which may result in the tongue dropping to the back of the mouth.
  • So far, there is no certain treatment that can completely stop snoring. Almost all treatments for snoring revolve around lessening the breathing discomfort by clearing the blockage in the air passage. Medications don’t cure but they can help control some of the underlying causes such as nasal congestion and allergic reactions.

    A number of other treatment options are also used to stop snoring. These range from over-the-counter aids such as nasal sprays, nasal strips or nose clips, lubricating sprays, oral appliances and "anti-snore" clothing and pillows. However, one needs to be wary of over-the-counter snore treatments that have no scientific evidence to support their claims.


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