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Are you keeping your family awake at night? Is your snoring driving your loved ones to distraction? Are you waking up feeling groggy and weary? Are you one of the 45% of people who are snorers? Then you are no doubt eager to find a snoring cure, one that will allow you to get a replenishing night's rest and your loved ones to sleep soundly, without earplugs.

The noisy sounds of snoring occur when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages of the back and nose. The vibration of the soft palate and uvala (the fleshy structure that dangles from the roof of the mouth back into the throat) causes the sounds that we call snoring. The vibrations of these areas may be caused by poor muscle tone in the muscles of the tongue and throat. Alternatively, excessive bulkiness in the tissues of the throat can lead to snoring. Obstructed nasal passages may be another contributor to snoring.

Snoring is both a medical and a social problem. It is disruptive to the sleep patterns of the snorer, preventing him from getting a sufficient recuperation during the night hours. It has also been identified that snorers have a greater likelihood of developing high blood pressure than non-snorers. Socially, snoring can be a major irritant to other family members as well as subjecting the snorer to ridicule.

The following suggestions will help a person to overcome the snoring habit:

(1) Maintain an active life-style, incorporating regular exercise to tone muscles and lose weight.
(2) Don’t drink alcohol within three hours of retiring.
(3) Don’t eat a large meal within 3 hours of retiring.
(4) Maintain a regular sleep pattern – avoid getting over-tired.
(5) Don’t sleep on your back. Try sleeping on your side.

If you are a heavy snorer, you will need more than the above suggestions to overcome your snoring. The most exaggerated form of snoring is known as obstructive sleep apnea. Here the loud snoring is interrupted by episodes of totally obstructed breathing. During this time the heart is forced to pump harder in order to circulate the blood faster. Thus can lead to irregular heart beat, elevated blood pressure and even heart enlargement. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you should consult your physician. He may suggest a laboratory sleep study to evaluate your symptoms. Treatment will depend on the diagnosis. If a nasal infection is found to be the cause, then medication to alleviate this may be prescribed. The removal of tonsils and adenoids may be necessary. Surgery on the throat and palette may even be in order to tighten up flabby tissues and expand the air passages.

Snoring may seem to be a harmless, irritating complaint. But, snoring is an obstruction to breathing, and as such should not be taken lightly. So, make the necessary lifestyle changes in order to alleviate the problem. And, don’t hesitate to seek medical advice if the problem is more serious. You’ll be doing your whole household – especially yourself – a huge favor.