Snoring happens when a person is fast asleep and is accompanied by snorting and rattling sounds arising from the nose. Snoring occurs as a result of partial blockage of the airways, and the vibration and congestion of the airway tissue at the back of the nose, mouth and throat when we breathe in and breathe out. Snoring is common among many people and affects around 40% of adults. Data has also reported snoring in some children. Snoring is twice as common in men when compared to women and increases as the person ages.
Snoring not only affects the person who snores but also the people who surround him. People in snoring environment often face sleep disturbance. This leads to daytime sleepiness, impaired mental functioning, emotional traumas and relationship issues. Snoring, when it becomes severe, can pose as a warning sign for obstructive sleep apnea. People with obstructive sleep apnea report struggle with breathing at night. Such people should seek medical intervention immediately otherwise the problem could lead to many injuries such as accidents while driving, or face bodily disorders such as cardiovascular diseases. People who snore need to understand their snoring type i.e. whether they snore from the mouth, nose or throat and they can take snoring medications to reduce the problem.
The various types of snoring are:
Mouth based Snoring
Snoring from the mouth: This happens when you breathe through your mouth rather than through your nose when you sleep. Test by trying to snore with your mouth closed. If you can do so, then you might be snoring from your mouth. Use anti-snoring devices available in the market to help you stop snoring at night.
Snoring from tongue: This is when your tongue moves to the back of your throat, blocking the airways. Try to keep your mouth wide open and bring out your tongue by grabbing it between your teeth. If you produce some noise, then you could probably be a tongue based snorer. Using Mandibular Advancement Device could be helpful to make you stop snoring when you are sleeping.
Nose based snoring
Nasal congestion: This happens when the nostrils of your nose either get collapsed or get congested blocking the airways. Test by closing one side of the nose with fingers pressed and breathe from the other side of the nose with your mouth closed. If your nostril begins to collapse, then you can confirm the snoring from your nose. Using a nasal dilator might help.
Throat based snoring
Palatal Flutter: If snoring happens due to the vibration of the soft tissues inside your throat, you might be snoring from your throat. This type of snoring happens only when you fail to snore from your mouth or your tongue.