Do you snore? Does snoring interrupt your sleep or the sleep of someone you love?
Many people snore. Many people do not even realize that they snore until someone tells them that they do. Then they may not realize that their snoring can pose a serious problem to their health and the health of those around them. Of course, the most noticeable problem with snoring is that it interrupts the sleep of those around us. However, it can interrupt our sleep as well, maybe even if we do not realize it.
Snoring can be one reason why we awaken throughout the night. It can be a reason why we are tired. It can even be a reason why we have a dry mouth and lips when we wake up in the mornings.
However, if you ever notice these symptoms you must definitely take your snoring seriously:
• Always feeling exhausted even when you think you are getting a full eight hours of sleep
• Constantly feeling like you a have a sore throat
• Waking up during the night choking or gasping for air
The above symptoms may be indicators that you are suffering from a condition known as sleep apnea (a condition in which you may actually have periods in which you aren’t breathing while you are sleeping) and you must discuss the symptoms with your physician.
Sleep apnea is something you need to discuss with your doctor. Current research indicates that those who suffer from sleep apnea may also have a higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.
What can you do to help eliminate your snoring (if sleep apnea is not the cause)?
Dr. Oz, from the host of the popular television show Dr. Oz and an actual practicing physician gave these tips to his audience on a recent show for how a person may be able to stop or lessen their snoring:
• Wearing anti-snoring mouthpieces. These can be purchased online for about $25 or they can be professionally molded by your dentist. These mouth pieces helps to align your jaw in a way that will help prevent snoring.
• Wearing nasal strips. Nasal strips can help to open up the nasal passages if nasal congestion is a factor in your snoring. These can be purchased at any drug store for about $12 and is placed on your nose.
• Sleeping on your side. If you need help in sleeping on your side you can purchase a snore relief pillow online for about $60. These pillows are made to help cradle the head for side sleeping and has a place for your arm to fit comfortably over your head.
Snoring doesn’t have to be a part of your night or your sleep. If these tips and aides do not help you stop your snoring, talk to your physician and see if he/she has some other options that may help you and your partner get a better night’s sleep.
ABC, WSYX Columbus, Ohio