Prevent SnoringGet better sleep and stop or reduce snoring
There`s a saying that "an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure". Very aptly, this truism can also be applied on ways to prevent snoring. But what must be established first in order for a snorer to pursue this dictum is the root cause of the problem. While it is generally true that snoring is preventable, this condition has many faces, each of which differ in causative factors, and necessarily, different approaches in treatment or prevention
The harder cases to tackle would be those snoring which have been identified as a manifestation of some underlying disease or disorder. For this reason, the common advice that snorers get is for them to consult a doctor in order to prevent snoring. The health problem causing a person to snore has to be addressed first, which when successful could also in effect treat not only the underlying disease but also the snoring condition. Among the diseases related to snoring is obstructive sleep apnea and inflammation of the tonsils or adenoids. Any intervention taken to cure these health disorders, of course, needs complete medical attention. In many cases, the solution can be the use of machines which are designed to provide a continuous airway pressure or the utilization of custom-made dental appliances. Both of these approaches can be relatively expensive.
Not only costly but invasive as well is surgery. Like any surgical operation, this approach carry risks and possible side effects as it may coal for the removal of some throat tissues to widen the throat airway. The scarring that can result from such an operation is unpredictable, and hence, complete success of the procedure isn`t assured, and the surgery may even worsen the snoring or its underlying condition. This is why a thorough medical examination is necessary before undergoing surgery to prevent snoring.
Primary snoring, or that condition not related to a disease, is the easier case to tackle. The technique that may be employed to prevent snoring in this case could be some lifestyle changes, such as reducing weight and giving up smoking or avoiding too much drinking of alcoholic beverages. It has been established that snoring is prevalent among overweight persons because of the fatty tissues in their respiratory passageways. Snorers should also avoid, in consultation with their doctors, taking some medications such as relaxants which can cause snoring. Drug relaxants, in particular, can cause the throat muscle to relax, thus inhibiting free airflow in the respiratory passageways.
Other ways which a doctor can prescribe to prevent snoring include nasal devices and medications. The nasal devices, often called strips, are particularly helpful for those snorers whose nasal passageways are too narrow. These nasal strips open the front portion of the nose and only helps lessen snoring. Nasal sprays are oftentimes preferred over the strips particularly when there is congestion of the nasal passages as a result of allergies or irritation. These sprays have several formulations, and for a better idea of which one works best follow the link at the bottom of this page.