An estimated 30 percent to 50 percent of men and women in the United States have snored at some point in their life. While at times snoring can make you the subject of the joke at family gatherings, it can also become a destructive force in your relationships and potentially disrupt your daily life.
If your snoring has began to interfere with your day-to-day life here are some medical and non-medical treatments suggested by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to help you and your partner get a good, quiet night’s sleep.
Lose Weight: simply dropping 10 pounds could make a significant difference in the frequency of your snoring. Having extra tissue around your neck area can put unnecessary pressure on your airway.
Change Sleeping Positions: Men who sleep on their back tend to snore more often because your soft palate and the base of your tongue collapse against the back of your throat in this position, making a vibrating sound while you sleep. Try turning on your side to sleep.
Avoid consuming caffeine, large meals, and alcohol at bedtime: Stay clear of these activities within two hours before bedtime. You may feel like drinking alcohol will help you get to sleep faster but it can disrupt your sleep and potentially cause breathing problems.
Stay Away from Sleeping Pills: Taking sedatives and sleeping aids can cause you to relax your throat muscles, which in turn can increase the chance for airway obstruction that leads to snoring.
If your chronic snoring is affecting your health your doctor may suggest:
Radio Frequency Treatments: Somnoplasty and Coblation are two of the most common elective procedures. Both are recommended for mild-to-severe snorers. This technology uses radio waves to shrink tissue in the tongue or throat and maximize room in the throat and reduce airway obstruction.
Laser-Assisted Uvuloplasty: This procedure offers similar result as RF treatments but is slightly more invasive. This surgery removes the uvula and the tissue around it to open the airway located behind your palate. This procedure is generally done under local or general anesthesia.