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Problem snoring can prevent both you and your partner from enjoying the necessary amount of sleep needed every night.

Forty-five percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally, and twenty-five percent are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight persons, and it usually grows worse with age.   It disturbs sleeping patterns and deprives the snorer of appropriate rest. When snoring is severe, it can cause serious, long-term health problems, including obstructive sleep apnea.   Partners of snorers often suffer a lack of sleep as well due to the noises that their partners make from snoring.

The noisy sounds of snoring occur when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. This area is the collapsible part of the airway where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula. Snoring occurs when these structures strike each other and vibrate during breathing.

People who snore may suffer from:

  • Poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat. When muscles are too relaxed, either from alcohol or drugs that cause sleepiness, the tongue falls backwards into the airway or the throat muscles draw in from the sides into the airway.
  • Excessive bulkiness of throat tissue. Children with large tonsils and adenoids often snore. Overweight people have bulky neck tissue, too.  
  • Long soft palate and/or uvula. A long palate narrows the opening from the nose into the throat. As it dangles, it acts as a noisy flutter valve during relaxed breathing. A long uvula makes matters even worse.
  • Obstructed nasal airways. A stuffy or blocked nose requires extra effort to pull air through it. This creates an exaggerated vacuum in the throat, and pulls together the floppy tissues of the throat, and snoring results. So, snoring often occurs only during the hay fever season or with a cold or sinus infection.

However, there is now new hope for heavy snorers with the New Palatal Implant.   Since snoring is caused by the vibration of tissues in your mouth, soft palate and throat, if you can prevent the vibration, you'll stop snoring.   You can do that, potentially, by stiffening that flabby tissue.

The newest approach to tissue stiffening is inserting small, polyester implants through a special device into three places in the palate. According to the developers, Restore Medical Inc. of St. Paul, MN, this implant procedure can be completed in 10 minutes and is virtually painless.  No return visit is needed. The implants are designed to be permanent but are removable if necessary.   For more information on this new technique and other surgical remedies for snoring check out this link:

Those who are light snorers with only occasional problems can try the following non-invasive self-help remedies:

  • Adopt a healthy and athletic lifestyle to develop good muscle tone and lose weight.
  • Avoid tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and antihistamines before bedtime.
  • Avoid alcohol for at least four hours and heavy meals or snacks for three hours before retiring.
  • Establish regular sleeping patterns
  • Sleep on your side rather than your back.
  • Tilt the head of your bed upwards four inches.

Check out this link for more information on snoring: