At some point in his or her life, everyone snores. Think back to the last time snoring interrupted your life. Maybe it was your partner, sawing away at logs while you try to stuff pillows into your head. Maybe it was the last time you were at a hotel, and a neighbor’s snoring woke you up. Or maybe you’re the snorer, and your partner has to wear earplugs just to get a good nights’ sleep. The fact of the matter is, everyone snores at some point, and everyone is affected by snoring as well.
- What causes snoring?
Many factors determine our snoring. Weight, diet, location, alcohol intake, can all be determiners in whether we snore. What about age? The short answer, yes, age has something to do with whether you snore or not.
- At what age do most people snore?
Most snorers are middle-aged men, although, on any given night, about 15% of people snore. In fact, people of any age can snore, even children. While anyone can snore at any age, it’s more common for middle-aged people to be problem snorers.
- Why does snoring increase as we get older?
Many people become problem snorers as they age. This may be due to weight gain. As we get older, we tend to gain weight, sometimes in weird places. As we gain weight, fatty tissues build up in the neck, causing the airway to become smaller, and restrict airflow during sleep.
Another cause may be medications. Some medications may cause our bodies to relax. In that relaxed state, our tongues and throats are also relaxed. When we sleep our tongue may block out airways, or our more relaxed throats may inhibit breathing.
- What can you do to stop snoring?
There are many treatment options available. Some include simply elevating the head of your bed, sleeping on your side, or eliminate alcohol. Others include CPAP machines and more complicated measures, like surgery.
If you think you’re snoring has gotten worse, consider your many options.
- Other treatments:
Mouth splint or guard. Called a Mandibular advancement split, you wear this at night between your teeth. The splint will lower your jaw, creating a wider airway for you to breathe.
Surgery. If you snore because your tongue blocks your airways, or your sinuses are blocked, you may be a candidate for surgery.
See a sleep specialist. A professional sleep specialist can help you determine the cause of your snoring, and help you with treatment plan options. They’ll also be able to help you determine if your snoring is part of a more serious condition, sleep apnea.
Lost weight. If you’re overweight, it could be the cause of your snoring. Consider changing your diet and exercising more to lose a few pounds.
If you think it’s time for a change, consider contacting us, Hawkeye Sleep Center. We’ll work with you to find the sleep therapy method that is right for you.
Topics: Snoring Treatments