If you’ve read Sweet Dreams for a Healthier You, you’ll know that a healthy sleep is vital to your overall health and well-being. If you’re being kept up at night due to the snoring slumber of your husband, you’ll enjoy today’s guest post by our regular contributor, Kaity Nakagoshi!
Do you wake up in the middle of the night in a state of panic because you thought a train was about to run over you, only to realize that it is your husband snoring? Or do you toss and turn all night with the pillow pressed up against your ear hoping to drown out that awful and incessant snoring sound?
You’re not alone. Snoring is actually a very common sleep disorder, especially among men. Instead of keeping these feelings of frustration bottled up and losing precious sleep time of your own, try getting to the root of the problem.
What’s the Story with Snoring?
Snoring tends to occur when the airways at the back of the nose and mouth are obstructed. When this happens, the soft palate, the tongue, and the upper throat come in to contact with each other, resulting in vibrations every time your hubby breathes in or out. Some of the factors that can lead to this obstruction of the airways include:
- Sleep apnea
- Heredity factors
- Airway structure
In some cases, snoring can be treated through behavioral changes, but in more severe instances, medical attention from a sleep doctor is required for improvement.
Help Him, Help You
When your man snores loudly night after night, it becomes almost impossible for you to achieve quality uninterrupted sleep. You’ve learned to adapt and just deal with it, but your sleep health is far too important to be put on the back burner like that. Granted, it is difficult to alleviate the problem when your husband is resistant to seek proper treatment.
Most men are incredibly stubborn when it comes to admitting they need medication attention, but there are ways for you to help your hubby combat the snoring problem. In turn, you will sleep better and it might even strengthen your relationship. Just remember – the more you “nag”, the more he will resist so you’ve got to be tactical.
Behavioral Changes – This includes avoiding allergens, quitting smoking (which obviously has numerous other health benefits as well), adjusting sleeping positions, reducing alcohol consumption, avoiding sleeping pills, and losing weight.
Snoring Aides – If you have applied some of the behavioral changes and the snoring persists, there are some treatment products that might help minimize the noise, such as nasal strips, chin strips, and throat strips. Throat strips and nasal strips ensure that the airways are open, while chin strips help keep the mouth closed.
Surgery – If the snoring issue does not improve, even after all those other methods have been exhausted, a consultation with a sleep doctor should be taken into serious consideration. Some of the surgical procedures that can be used to treat snoring include laser assisted uvulopalatoplasty and radio frequency tissue ablation. These procedures are used to remove, shrink, or cut the uvula. Another surgical procedure option is tongue suspension, which prevents the tongue from falling back when your husband is asleep.
About the Author
The author of this guest post, Kaity Nakagoshi, is the Content Manager at Zelen Communications and the Online Community Director for Tenet Florida Physician Services. Kaity is a native Floridian and she graduated from the University of South Florida. She enjoys hot yoga, golf, online shopping, and neon colors.
Has your husband tried any of these snoring treatments?