– Sleep is the one period of our day when you can tune out, relax, and allow your body to rest. There is nothing better than curling up next to your partner after another long day, only to find out that rest will not be possible because your partner begins to snore and keeps you wide awake. The consistent noise heard every time they breathe in or out during the night can be disruptive to you and your partner’s sleep. While some people overlook this unpleasant situation, for others it is not that simple.
– You might be asking yourself why your partner snores so loudly. Keep in mind that snoring is not uncommon and while the causes may be different for every person, many of the people are actually unaware that they are snoring. The sound your partner makes when snoring is the product of the air being restricted either through their nose or in their throat. When lying down, muscles in the upper airway relax and create what is referred to as “airflow turbulence”. When the air is breathed in and out, the tissue surrounding the air vibrates, causing the well-known sound. If the muscles relax too much, it might cause a complete blockage in the airway, which can stop breathing altogether, causing them to choke or cough it out.Source: Eight Sleep
– So, what actually causes the snoring? There are two reasons for snoring:
- Temporary factors – snoring could be caused by a wide range of factors. From sedative use, consumption of alcohol, smoking, allergies, and all the way to the sleeping position, and a cold or flu. These factors happen for a short time and are not permanent.
- Structural factors – these factors are more long-term and include excessive weight around the neck and the shape of their palate, nose, and jaw. If the nasal passages are blocked due to polyp growth or a structural abnormality, there may be changes with the palate or muscle within the throat which makes breathing quite difficult.
What can you do about snoring?
– There are many reasons as to why people snore, and there is also a wide range of treatments. Here are some things you could try I order to stop snoring.
- Sleeping position – if your partner sleeps on their back, you can try to elevate their head or turning them onto their side. These positions place them at an angle that might help open airways as they sleep, hence reducing the vibrations of the tissue.
- Soft earplugs – the removal of the noise might be a temporary solution to the snoring problem. Wearing soft earplugs will help you block out the sound so that you can finally get a good night sleep.
- Trying the VitalSleep anti-snoring solution– this device is designed to fit into the mouth of the user. The way it works is by helping to prevent the obstruction of the airways while sleeping. It comes with a micro-adjustment feature, which allows it to be adjusted at the preference of the user and it will fit the mouth perfectly.
- Sleeping apart – although this is a choice that most people do not make, sleeping in different rooms at times can help you get some relief. So, sleeping apart several days a week might help you get some sleep and a good nights rest.
– Keep in mind that what will help one person, maybe will not help the other. In order to know what will work best for your partner, you also need to do some research and know what the possible solutions or consequences might be. If none of them work for you, it is maybe time to visit a doctor.