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Snoring

Postby mirjana » Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:22 pm

"Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound, due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. In some cases the sound may be soft, but in other cases, it can be rather loud and quite unpleasant. Generally speaking, the structures involved are the uvula and soft palate. The irregular airflow is caused by a passageway blockage and usually due to one of the following:

* Throat weakness, causing the throat to close during sleep
* Mispositioned jaw, often caused by tension in the muscles
* Fat gathering in and around the throat
* Obstruction in the nasal passageway
* The tissues at the top of airways touching each other causing vibrations
* Relaxants such as alcohol or drugs relaxing throat muscles
* Sleeping on one's back, which may result in the tongue dropping to the back of the mouth."
Wikipedia

Some helpful advice for snoring


There is an easy over-night sleeping test that can be given at sleep clinics which is certainly worth doing so that one can know what a possible reason for snoring is.

For those diagnosed with sleep Apnoea it seems that a night breathing machine gives a good night's sleep.

Some people have great results by practicing 15 minutes a day on a cheap didgeridoo (plastic).
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It is not important to be good in that, but consistent. It tightens the tissues in the back of the throat and cures the sleep apnea problem. There have been clinical studies that confirm this works.
In order to play this you have to learn Circular Breathing (you can blow air out, through the mouth, while breathing in, through the nose). It can be learned with Oboe too. It is a skill that can be learnt and which strengthens up lots of muscles and is therefore would worth investigating.

Some people achieved good results with a Therapeutic Ring, designed to wear at night on the left little finger. It is obtainable from Chemist or Pharmacy shops. Some people are cured by Buteyko method, some with hypnotherapy.

There are reports that good results can be achieved with series of exercises designed to strengthen the tongue and prevent it from falling back when you sleep. You can search for them on the web and you will need to find out which ones work best for you and like all exercise programmers you will have to do them every day. It is said that after about three weeks a significant improvement was achieved.

The soft plastic dental devices that keep a bottom jaw in a forward position while one sleeps shows also good results.
In some cases the reason is a certain allergy on food. Orthomolecular Allergy Clinic could be of help in such cases.

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There is a recipe for calcium gluconate and magnesium carbonate mixture which is said to bring great results:
Ingredients:
1 Tbs Calicum Gluconate Powder
2 Tsp Magnesium Carbonate
2 Tbs of a vinegar with 5% acidity
8 Floz of boiling water
How to make it?
Mix first three ingredients together. When first three ingredients stop fizzing pour the boiling water into the mixture; cool down, stir, and drink.
If the drink causes loose bowels then drink only half the solution and the other half the next night until your body adjusts to it. Do not keep the solution for over 24 hours.


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Get your allergies treated.

Breathing steam for 5 minutes twice a day with decongestant oil drops made a huge improvement. The effect was seen after about 4 weeks.

Regulate your sleep by getting at least 7.5 hours of it per night. Sometimes, this is all that is required.

Limit or avoid alcohol and other sedatives at bedtime.

Don't smoke and avoid secondhand smoke.

Check the weight. The larger snoring person becomes, the louder is the snoring followed with snoring pauses, snorts, and a resumption of breathing. Weight loss down to an ideal weight has reversed the process.

Sleep on the side and not on the back and elevate your head.

Good Luck!
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