You know it’s coming. It starts off soft and then proceeds to get louder with each slow, sleeping breath. It repeats for awhile. And then it breaks out of the rhythmic cadence with a loud double snore. And then it starts over again. Oh the agony!
Has going to bed at night with your partner transformed into a race to fall asleep first? It may seem like a race because once the snoring begins, it is impossible to fall asleep.
The fact is your loving partner may not have much control over his/her snoring. So he/she will need some help in the process.
Unfortunately it will likely take some time before you are able to get rid of the snoring. This is because there are different factors at play, depending on the individual. As such it is crucial that you figure out why your partner is snoring.
At its simplest level snoring occurs when the throat’s airway is restricted during sleep. This restriction then triggers the nasal passages and the throat tissues to vibrate which produces snoring sounds.
Snoring Causes And Treatments
As alluded to before, snoring has several potential root causes. Here are some of the common causes of snoring and what can be done to treat them.
Muscle elasticity is lost when weight is gained. When this happens, every part of the body including the throat is affected. The throat tissue can become loose and result in snoring. As such, the best way for your partner to stop snoring is to lose weight and start exercising. (That’s always a fun conversation!) This will restore muscle tone and control snoring.
Whenever the sinuses are inflamed or stuffy, it is tough for air to pass through the nasal passages, resulting in never-ending snores. If your partner’s problem is sinus-related, then talk to him/her about using a nasal decongestant an hour before bed time.
Your partner might not have been a snorer in the past, but snoring has become a major issue these days. If this is the case, your partner might have age-related snoring issues. The cause of this is similar to the effects of weight gain, as the muscles of the throat start to relax and become less toned.
The only solution to this is to try easing the snores by keeping him/her away from dairy and soy products before bed time. Also have him/her avoid heavy meals. You may also invest in a humidifier to maintain moist air in the room to prevent the throat tissue from drying out.
This soft spongy tissue located under your tonsils is typically larger in children. But some adults find that they have large adenoids too. If your partner’s adenoids are enlarged or swollen, his/her snoring will be a problem. The solution to this is a medical procedure to remove the adenoids which will stop the snoring.
Sleeping positions also play a major role in snoring problems. Back-sleepers have a higher chance of snoring. Sometimes you will notice a drastic difference simply by getting your partner to sleep on his/her side. This may seem difficult, but there are some ways to ease the process. Invest in a wedge to place behind your partner’s back or find a suitable mattress that can help him/her sleep on his/her side.
Alcohol And Drug Consumption
Some prescribed drugs contain ingredients that relax muscles throughout the body. So, if your partner begins snoring the same time he/she starts taking medications, then there is a distinct probability that the drugs are the reason behind your sleepless nights. Your partner’s doctor may be able to prescribe another medication without any snoring side effects.
Alcohol consumption also leads to muscle relaxation and snoring, but this can be prevented by avoiding alcohol 3 to 4 hours prior to bed time.
We all need a good night’s sleep. Fortunately, there are actions that can be taken to help both you and your partner get the rest you need. Sweet dreams!