It’s hard to find a person who hasn’t experienced snoring at some point in their lives. It could have been caused by nasal congestion, wrong sleep position, enlarged tonsils (often causing heavy snoring in children), and so on. Those who face temporary and not very loud snoring are the lucky ones because usually, this type is harmless.
Alarm bells should start sounding when it involves heavy snoring. Heavy snoring sounds are the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder characterized by disrupted breathing during sleep. It develops as a result of airway blockages due to muscular or neurological malfunction. Among other heavy snoring causes are obesity, smoking, and drinking alcohol. These unhealthy habits narrow or relax throat tissues even more, so promoting louder snoring.
Heavy breathing and snoring
Whatever it be, heavy breathing, snoring, gasping or choking, during sleep, lowers the quality of your sleep and impacts on daytime productivity. Why do heavy breathing and snoring appear? Oxygen is a primary source of energy when we sleep. If our body feels the lack of it, all protective mechanisms start. Heavy breathing and snoring are just the starters as they can spark full or micro-awakening during the night. Left untreated or unnoticed these conditions can lead to increased blood pressure and changed heart rhythm.
If you awake with a dry mouth or sore throat, and feel drowsy or tired during the day, it’s high time to take action. There are different options to diagnose and treat snoring while sleeping.
Treatment options for snoring and heavy breathing
There are some basic recommendations on how to stop snoring and heavy breathing. It all depends on the cause: if you’re overweight, get fitter; if you smoke or drink alcohol, give them up. Keep the room clean and ventilated, add physical exercise and develop a regular sleep routine.
The more aware you are of your snore, the more effective remedies you can choose. One way to monitor your snoring at home is by using a snore-recorder app. It records all snoring episodes, measures their frequency or intensity, and suggests possible causes and some treatment ideas. One app, Goodsomnia Lab, has many extended features that make the snoring analyses more accurate and helpful during specialist consultation.
Hopefully, you now know more about how to stop heavy snoring and how important it is to take care of your sleep.