Sunday, April 27, 2014

Want To Stop Snoring? Here's What Works (And What Doesn't) The Huffington Post | by Sarah Klein

Long considered little more than a nuisance, snoring is no longer something to ignore -- to the delight of frustrated bed partners everywhere. To sleep physicians, snoring is a sign that something's up.
"When you are snoring, you're spending too much energy to breathe," says Dr. M. Safwan Badr, M.D., president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. "Snoring is like fever for a general internist -- it tells you somethig is going on, but it doesn't tell you what."
Snoring occurs when a person's airways have narrowed, causing the air that passes through it as we breathe to vibrate the soft tissue of the throat. "In principle, snoring is not normal," he says. As a physician, he says he would want to know why that person is snoring in order to provide the best treatment, rather than have a snorer attempt to take her medical care into her own hands. "I would make sure that the body isn't telling us to look for sleep-disordered breathing or sleep apnea," he says.
During sleep apnea, snorers actually stop breathing, sometimes hundreds of times a night. It's important to receive an accurate diagnosis because of sleep apnea's many implications in other health conditions. Sleep apnea raises risk of heart attack,depression and diabetes. But even if snoring is due to a case of seasonal allergies or nasal congestion, there are treatments that can improve those conditions that only a physician would think to suggest, he says.
Still, many snorers and their aggravated bed partners are looking for a little at-home relief. Badr walked us through the options on the market that might work -- and what's not worth your time or money.

Nasal Strips
The verdict: Skip 'em. Badr says these usually don't work. A narrowing of nasal passages that's severe enough to cause snoring happens deeper than can be fixed with a sticky strip. "They may or may not affect the acoustics," he says, "but not the mechanics of the airway." In other words, a frustrated bed partner may hear quieter snoring from someone wearing a nasal strip, but "the phenomenon will not go away," he says.

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