Postby OSmod » 15 Mar 2011 00:07

Snoring severely affects around 1 in 200 people with many more suffering snoring "issues" . Snoring occurs when the soft palate tissue at the back of the throat relaxes too much, obstructing the entrance to the throat. As air tries to pass through, the soft palate vibrates and produces the snoring sound.

Common causes of snoring: poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat, muscles that are too relaxed, large throat tissue, large tonsils (mostly in children), obstructed nasal passageway (people with stuffy or blocked noses often snore)

One of the main contributors to snoring is size and body shape. People with short wide necks are most prone to snoring because the muscles around their windpipe can't support the fat around it when the person is asleep. As a general rule, anyone with a collar size of 16.5 inches or more is likely to snore.

Some ideas to reduce snoring:

Lose weight - The main cause of snoring is weight so shedding excess fat around the neck will stop extra pressure being put on the airways.

Avoid muscle relaxants - Sleeping pills and alcohol relax the very same muscles that cause snoring and also dehydrate the body, leaving nasal passages blocked up, avoid both.

Eat Early - Avoid heavy meals at least 4 hours before bedtime.

Sleep on Side - When you sleep on your back, your tongue falls backwards into your throat which can narrow your airway and partly block airflow.

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