Snoring

Overview

Snoring occurs when a person makes a snorting or rattling noise when they breathe during sleep.  The noise comes from vibration of the soft palate and tissue in the mouth, nose or throat.

Some people snore infrequently and the sound they make is not particularly loud, while others may snore every night and it can be loud enough to be heard in the next room. Snoring can mean disturbed sleep for both the person who snores and their partner

Healthcare professionals use grading systems to assess a person’s snoring. The higher the grade, the more severe the snoring is.

You should see a licensed practitioner if your snoring is affecting aspects of your life, such as causing excessive tiredness and poor concentration or relationship problems with your partner.

Excessive daytime sleepiness is particularly important because it increases the risk of a road traffic accident. The Department of Transport estimates that one in five road traffic accidents are the result of excessive sleepiness. It can also cause accidents with the use of machinery and things such as crane and forklift trucks.

Snoring can sometimes indicate a more serious related condition called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), where a person’s airways repeatedly become partially or totally blocked for about 10 seconds throughout the night. See your licensed health practitioner if you wake up gasping or choking during the night. You should also seek advice if your child snores.

Snoring is where you make a noticeable sound when you breathe in during sleep.

The sound is caused by soft tissue at the back of the mouth, nose or throat vibrating. The exact sound made will depend on the type of soft tissue that is vibrating.

For example, if the soft tissue at the back of your nose vibrates when you snore, it is likely you will produce a pinched nasal sound that is not particularly loud. Whereas if the tissues at the top of your mouth (the soft palate) and the back of your throat (the uvula) vibrate, you will produce a louder, more guttural (“throaty”) sound. In most cases, snoring is caused by a combination of areas that are vibrating or blocked.

People tend to snore most when they are in the deepest stages of sleep, around 90 minutes after falling asleep. Most people also tend to snore loudest when sleeping on their back (supine).

Grades:

Healthcare professionals use a grading system to assess the severity of a person’s snoring. There are three grades of snoring:

Grade one snoring, also known as simple snoring, is where a person snores infrequently and the sound they make is not particularly loud.

In grade one snoring, a person’s breathing is unaffected. This means they will not experience any significant health problems related to their symptoms. However, their snoring may cause problems or issues on a personal level if it is irritating or upsetting their partner.

Grade two snoring is where a person snores on a regular basis – more than three days a week. Some people with grade two snoring may experience mild to moderate breathing difficulties during sleep. The breathing difficulties can affect the quality of a person’s sleep, which can make them feel tired and sleepy during the day.

Grade three snoring is where a person snores every night, so loudly it can be heard outside their room. Many people with grade three snoring have a related condition called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). This is where the airways become partially or totally blocked for about 10 seconds.

The lack of oxygen causes the person to come out of deep sleep and into a lighter state of sleep, or to wake up for a short period, in order to restore normal breathing.

Repeated episodes of snoring and waking can occur throughout the night leading to a person feeling very sleepy the following day. This may have an adverse impact on their day-to-day activities.

Consult a licensed health practitioner if you feel excessively tired during the day, as it may be caused by your snoring affecting your breathing while you sleep.

The most common sign of excessive tiredness is when you find yourself falling asleep during the day.

You should also seek advice if you suspect a lack of sleep is affecting your day-to-day activities and causing symptoms such as:

  • poor memory and concentration
  • headaches (particularly in the morning)
  • irritability and a short temper
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • lack of interest in sex

Also seek advice if your snoring is causing relationship problems with your partner, such as keeping them awake at night or waking them up.

Snoring in children should be investigated as it is often caused by an underlying problem with their airways, such as enlarged tonsils, which may require further investigation and treatment.

Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft tissue in your head and neck as you breathe in.

Tissue That can be Affected Includes:

  • nasal passages
  • soft palate – a soft layer of tissue at the back of the roof of your mouth
  • base of your tongue
  • tonsils – the two small glands that sit above the tongue at the junction of the mouth and pharynx (the pharynx is the upper section of the throat)
  • uvula – a small cone-shaped section of tissue that hangs from the soft palate between your tonsils

While you are asleep, the airways in your neck and head relax and narrow. It is thought the narrowing of the airways increases the speed at which you are breathing out and changes air pressure in your airways. This causes the soft tissue to vibrate by sucking the sides of the airways in.

The same effect can also be the result of partially blocked airways, which may be caused by conditions such as enlarged tonsils and colds.

Evidence suggests snoring will get worse over time if left untreated. Vibrations that occur during snoring appear to damage blood vessels that supply muscles in the head and neck. This may, over many years, cause the muscles to weaken.

If the muscles in your head and neck become weakened, their ability to keep your airways open will be affected, making you more likely to snore frequently and loudly.

Increased Risk:

Some things that can increase your risk of habitual snoring include:

  • obesity – particularly if you have a large amount of fat around your neck. People with a neck circumference of more than 43cm (17 inches) usually snore a lot.
  • drinking alcohol – alcohol relaxes your muscles when you sleep, which increases the narrowing of your airways
  • sedatives and some types of antidepressants – in some people, these medications can have a similar effect on the muscles as alcohol
  • smoking – tobacco smoke can cause your airways to become inflamed, which increases the narrowing of the airways
  • allergic rhinitis – a condition where the inside of your nose becomes swollen and inflamed due to an allergic reaction to substances such as dust or pollen

People with severe snoring may have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), a condition where the airways become temporarily blocked during sleep.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

Health Protocols

Detox:

  • Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
  • Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
  • Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic.  Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water.   It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
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Hydrotherapy:

  • We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state.  During the program drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Waterwww.drinkrealwater.com/
  • Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide. shoppingcart.purehealthsystems.com/?Click=4464

Avoid spicy and oily foods as these will only aggrevate the condition.

It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all canned food.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products.  The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows.  If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
  • Avoid conventional beef.  The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400  The second best is organic      meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.

Supplements:

  • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
  • Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.  The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.  You can find more details herekevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
  • Take an Omega 3 supplement:

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Fish oil

Cod liver oil

Vegetarian

Prescription and non-prescription medication:

What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking?  Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this   illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.

We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:

  •  Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
  • Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
  • Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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  • Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
  • Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress.  Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
  • Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind.  Find a practitioner here.

As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Practise Pranayam every day.  Pranayam is a yoga exercise which regulates the flow of air in and out of the body. The name comes from two words – prana meaning vital energy and ayam which means exercises. Pranayam is a set of breathing exercises and techniques, which can clean the channels of your body and thus cure the snoring. Ujjayi pranayam, or the hissing breath, is especially effective at removing the blockages in your throat and increasing your lung capacity.

Yoga is also recommended as there are many postures that can remove the obstructions in your nasal passage which will help you get rid of snoring naturally. The Simha Garjana asana, also known as the Roaring Lion Pose, is ideal.

Ayurveda herbal remedies include Gotukola, and Valerian. Green tea is also a great herbal remedy. Drink a cup just before bedtime.

Here are some other ayurvedic remedies:

  1. Nasyam  – oils or simple saline solution can be administered  -Medications to relieve congestion of the nose may be helpful inreducing snoring and the likelihood of sleep apnea episodes. This can be effectively achieved by nasal administration of certain herbal oil or simple saline. The Preparations used for this purpose are shadbindu taila,anu taila etc.
  2. Karna Purana- This is a process where the entire ear is filled with some oil from some herbs which help in clearing the channels and thus relieves the congestion. Preparations used for this purpose can be karanja taila,apamarga kshara taila,bilva taila etc.
  3. Shiro Dhara-Very efficient treatment for relieving the stress and strain. It soothes the nerves and thus ensures the sound and deep sleep to the patient. The preparations used for this purpose can be ksherera bala taila, panchguna taila etc.SHIRO ABHYANGA-It has almost similar results as that of the shiro dhara.butit particularly exerts its result on the scalp and the superficial nerves. It strengthens the nervous system and ensures deep sleep to the patient.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Nasal acupuncture has proved very effective.

One of the most popular herbal preparations in Chinese medicine is a combination of ginseng and astragalus because this works as a qi tonic, and can correct the underlying energy imbalance that causes the structures in your mouth and throat to collapse when you sleep.

Aromatherapy

Marjoram oil is particularly beneficial.  Place four drops of the essential oil in 25ml of carrier oil and use as a massage. Alternatively, put up to five drops in a warm bath and soak away the stresses of the day for 10 minutes (or longer!)

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Homeopathic Medicine

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.  Find your closest Homeopath here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

As far as Homeopathy is concerned there are many drugs available like Nux-v, Opium, Kali-carb, Mag-carb, dulc, Sulph, Chin, Arnica

Herbs

Sage is particularly useful.  Steep a handful of sage leaves in boiling water and once it is cool, use the liquid to gargle. Gargle every night before retiring. This is a great remedy for reducing snoring.

Other

Bitter Orange – The bitter orange has a component that is referred to as synephrine which is a recognized nose decongester and an antihistamine that reduces chances of nasal obstructions  –  the major reason why people experience snoring.

Bromelain  – this is an anti-inflammatory enzzyme that is found in pineapples. It aids digestion and reduces the mucus in the air canal which then reduces the chances of snoring.

Coenzyme Q10  – when combined with broelain and bitter orange, this can promote restful sleep and prevent snoring.

Olive Oil

Olive oil also has certain properties that can reduce snoring. Have a few drops of olive oil before going to bed. When sleeping, try to lie on your sides, rather than your back. Doing so can reduce the intensity of your snores.

The Buteyko Institute Method  – this teaches people to correct dysfunctional breathing and thereby normalise their breathing pattern. This results in immediate improvement in asthma, sleep apnoea, snoring, emphysema, COAD, COPD, sinusitis, hay fever, rhinitis, blocked nose, allergies, bronchitis, bronchiectasis, panic and anxiety conditions, and many other respiratory problems. www.buteykobreathing.org/

Exercise:

Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.

Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.

Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body.  See article section for more information about the art of qigong.

Using the Buteyko method to stop snoring: www.buteykoairways.com/apnea.htm

Traditional Chinese Medicine  – Ancient Healingwww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php

The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php

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Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigongwww.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf

Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFTwww.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf

Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stresswww.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workoutwww.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effectivewww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php

Video

Home ayurveda remedies:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz6W91q_qjk

The Buteyko methos for snoring: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud7_X9t1-4M

EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html

Research

Snoring in pregnancy ups risk of high blood pressure:www.naturalnews.com/037524_snoring_pregnancy_high_blood_pressure.html

Obesity and fatigue linked to snoring: www.naturalnews.com/012046.html

Further Information (links and books)

How to Stop Snoring – Sleep Peacefully and Easily Without Disturbing Others (How to Series) by John Roberts;

Buteyko Clinic Method; (with DVD and CD) the Complete Instruction to Reverse Asthma, Rhinitis and Snoring Permanently: Suitable for Children and All Adults. by Patrick McKeown;

No More Snoring: A Proven Program for Conquering Snoring and Sleep Apnea by Victor Hoffstein and Shirley Linde

Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna

by Bernie S Siegel

The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green

Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen

Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski

The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal

The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine

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Carrie Vitt deliciouslyorganic@yahoo.com – organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA david024@nsrusa.org – meditation, stress

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Lillian Bridges lillian@lotusinstitute.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.

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