Whether you or the person who sleeps beside you snores, one or both of you is surely not getting enough sleep. And we all know how adequate sleep that is peaceful and without disruption improves the quality of our lives.
Why do people snore?
When you snore, the air is unable to move freely through your nose and throat while you sleep due to narrowed airways. Because of this, the surrounding throat and nasal tissues vibrate, and the result – a snoring sound.
Snoring is a common condition that probably occurs in nearly half of the world’s population and the actual cause of this nighttime phenomenon is not fully understood. However, snoring can be classified into two categories: Obstructive sleep apnea and primary snoring.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by loud and excessive snoring as a result of the obstruction of airflow or suspension in breathing. It would look like as if the person is gasping for breath. It is a common problem that affects both men and women but is more frequently experienced by men and individuals who are overweight or obese.
Symptoms such as daytime sleepiness are associated with this type of sleep apnea. Primary snoring, on the other hand, is the type of snoring that is not caused by the obstruction of airflow. Instead, it is mainly caused by anatomic abnormalities like having a smaller oropharynx, a deviated nasal septum, temporary or permanent enlargement of the nasal turbinate, increased muscle in the tonsils or adenoids, mandibular abnormalities, tongue enlargement, and smoking.
Primary snoring is somewhat a subcategory of obstructive sleep apnea in such a way that primary snoring can be an early predictor of developing obstructive sleep apnea.
Snoring may appear like a simple sleeping disorder but actually, it can be a useful signifier for other underlying complications such as hypertension, heart disease, asthma, or brain ischemia (inadequate blood supply to the brain).
Also, snoring, especially obstructive sleep apnea, should not be taken lightly since snoring leads to poor oxygenation and daytime sleepiness – both of which can affect your performance. Depending on the individual’s snoring pattern, salt therapy can be used to keep your snoring under control.
Salt therapy, like the ones offered at The Rock Spa, is a natural, non-invasive, and 100% drug-free therapy that employs the use of dry salt aerosol for the remedy of different skin and respiratory disorders, including snoring. Salt therapy or halotherapy controls snoring thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. By reducing inflammation or decongestion of the surrounding tissues, the airways get to expand and in turn, facilitate proper airflow, giving you that restful sleep that you so desperately need.