When a person finds out that he or she is snoring, it would be usually due to another person sleeping nearby who has heard him or her doing it while sleeping. In this instance, it will probably be too late because other people will not talk about it unless they do not get to sleep regularly because of the noise. A new born baby may keep crying in the night, a teenager wakes up groggily before a 7 AM exam, or a wife may even file a divorce with all the sleep disturbances she has experienced. Finding out about one’s own snoring is difficult because not everyone wakes up to his or her snoring in the middle of the night. People just usually sleep through it without any idea of their loud nocturnal ruckus.
What is Snoring?
Snoring is a sleeping condition in which the air passageways, particularly the mouth, nose, and throat are blocked due to various reasons, but is usually induced by excessive muscle relaxation of muscles like the tongue or the throat. It can also be induced by allergic reactions from dust, mites, and other things that can result to allergies. These allergies usually happen to children, so they are also susceptible to snoring.
Signs and Symptoms of Snoring
Fortunately, there are signs and symptoms on when one should consider consulting a doctor or specialist about snoring:
- Abruptly waking up due to an unknown noise
- Choking or gasping for air in the middle of the night
- Extreme tiredness during the day
- Not enough concentration for usual activities
- Headaches when waking up
- Sore throat
- Nocturnal chest pains
- Another person hears you snoring
If one observes that he or she has some or all of these signs and symptoms, he or she should go to a doctor or specialist for advice. If the person is legitimately diagnosed for snoring, then the doctor or specialist will likely recommend the appropriate snoring device depending on the person’s signs and symptoms. These signs and symptoms lead to the identification of certain root causes of snoring such as the following:
Causes of Snoring based on Snoring Classifications
- Closed-mouth snoring – caused by relaxed tongue muscle blocking the airway
- Open-mouth snoring –caused by relaxed throat tissues that blocks the airway
- Snoring while sleeping on back—due to the sleeping position; means it is a minor snoring condition
- Snoring regardless of sleeping posture –due to a more severe health problem; means the person will possibly need immediate medical attention
In accordance to the last bullet, there is a sleeping condition called Obstructive Sleeping Apnea or OSA. It prevents the person from breathing while sleeping so it could be very dangerous to the person with the sleeping condition. Snoring can be a symptom of this sleeping condition, so a consultation from a certified doctor or specialist is a must to prevent future turmoil regarding the sleeping disorder’s long-term effects.
As a warning and a reminder, consulting a doctor or specialist about snoring devices is very important. Those with legitimate and professional knowledge and experiences are the only ones allowed to choose the appropriate snoring device for the patient. Using inappropriate snoring devices can be detrimental to the user’s health.