Our thanks to the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association for their input to our 'on-air' radio report which you can hear again further down this page. Our thanks also to NHS Choices for the use of the information below.
Snoring As many as one in four people snore regularly. Snoring can affect people of all ages, including children, although it's more common in adults aged 40-60. Twice as many men than women snore. As a result, millions of partners and neighbours suffer sleep-disturbed nights.
The noise of snoring is caused by parts of the nose and throat - in particular, the soft palate - vibrating as you breathe in and out. At night, the muscles that help keep your airways open relax and become flaccid. This causes the airways to narrow and vibrate more, making snoring more likely.
There are also a number of factors that can make snoring worse, including;
Treatment Snoring is something that cannot be halted at will, neither is it something that can be cured. Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, are usually recommended first.
Anti-snoring devices, such as mouth guards or nasal strips, may help prevent snoring.
Surgery may be an option if anti-snoring devices don't help. This often involves removing the soft tissue that causes snoring, or preventing the tissue from vibrating by causing it to tighten.
Surgery for snoring is usually regarded as a treatment of last resort. It's important to be aware that surgery can often have a limited effect that doesn't last longer than one or two years. It can also cause unpleasant side effects or complications.
According to the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association the key to finding a solution to control snoring is to know what causes it, they offer interactive snoring tests to help, which you can access by clicking here.
Listen to this weeks radio report
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