What Makes People Snore?
by Mark Daymond
For most people snoring is just one of those irritating facts of life; something
that happens if we are unwell or sleep in a different position from usual
perhaps. However, there are many people for whom snoring seriously affects
many aspects of their life in that it impairs sleep for both the snorer and their
partner. In fact snoring is a fact that quoted in very high number of divorces.
So whilst it may be quite a trivial matter for some, for others it not only makes
lives a misery and wreck relationships.
The causes of snoring are based, perhaps nor surprisingly, on how people
breathe when they are sleeping. When we are awake the muscles in the wind
pipe and nasal passages stay taut keeping them clear and minimizes
vibrations. When we are asleep there are number of things that occur. The
muscles in the wind pipe lose their tension and can cause vibrations. For
some people, their mouth can fall open causing them to breathe through their
mouth meaning that the air will hit the back of the throat full on increasing the
chances of snoring.
There are a number of factors that can increase the chances of snoring.
These include being overweight, alcohol consumption, smoking and use of
sleeping pills. In these instances the obvious way of reducing the chances of
snoring is reduce these factors. Another factor is sleeping position; sleeping
on the back particularly decreases gap in the windpipe and therefore
increases vibrations in the soft tissues. For those people who are particularly
prone to roll onto their back while sleeping the traditional remedy is simply to
sew a tennis ball into the back of the pyjamas to prevent this.
There are number of remedies available for snoring, most of which focus their
attention on changing the way in which people snore. Chin straps, for
example, are designed for those people who tend to breathe through their
mouth while asleep. They work on the simple principle of holding the mouth
shut while asleep thereby forcing the individual to breathe through their nose.
Similarly there are other devices that fit inside the mouth which aim to change
the position of the jaw while asleep.
An alternative approach is hypnotherapy which can be administered by a
trained hypnotherapist or self-administered. There are also CDs and MP3
downloads which use the principles of hypnosis. The principle here is pretty
much the same as other snoring remedies in that it is concerned with
changing the way in which people breathe when they are asleep. However, in
this instance it is more concerned with actually training people to breathe
differently, so no actual physical aids are required. Unlike other snoring
remedies, hypnosis can also help non-snoring partners by training them to
block out the sound of snoring and thereby finally getting a good night's
If you are looking to address the issue of snoring in your relationship then
why not read about how to stop snoring. You can read more about curing
yours or partner's snoring at http://www.snore-buster.info