Sleep apnea and heavy snoring may be linked to memory and thinking decline at an earlier age, according to a new study. But treating the disorders with a breathing machine may delay the decline, the research also suggests. According to study author Ricardo Osorio, MD, with the NYU Langone Medical Center: “Abnormal breathing patterns during… Read more

A study by researchers at Korea University Ansan Hospital[1] finds that recurrent snoring seems to be associated with the development of chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis is clinically defined as a persistent cough that produces phlegm and mucus, for at least three months in two consecutive years. It is usually part of a syndrome known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)[2].

In the paper, published in the January 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, 4,270 individuals (52 percent men and 48 percent women) were studied, from 2001 to 2006. At the start of the study, participants gave information on health conditions, demographics, family disease history and lifestyle, as well as details about how often they snored.

Self Help for Snorers

The cause of snoring will vary from person to person as will the frequency and volume of the snore. One thing is for sure though – snoring can be a huge problem for the snorer and everyone else living in the same household.

Ironically, many people do not question the fact that they or a partner snores. If they lived next door to neighbours who made the same amount of noise every night you can bet that they would have a great deal to say, but because the noise and disturbance is generated by snoring, it is accepted as a fact of life.

There is no doubt that snoring can place enormous strain on relationships with the sleepless partner becoming more irritable and resentful as night after night they are denied the sleep they need. In fact, snoring need not be tolerated. It need not be endured and a good night’s sleep should be available to everyone.

First Steps in Snoring Reduction

Snoring and Allergic Rhinitis

The noise of snoring is generated by airflow trying to push its way through an obstructed airway. Whilst snoring in itself is not an illness it is often symptomatic of other health conditions – one of which is an allergic reaction to an irritant.

Allergic rhinitis is a health condition in which the membrane lining the nose and throat becomes inflamed. It is usually triggered by an allergic reaction to an inhaled substance. Seasonal allergic rhinitis is often called hayfever.

When the membrane lining the nasal passageways becomes inflamed it causes an obstruction to the airway and, as we have already established, it is just such a blockage that creates the symptom of snoring.

Diet and Snoring

Of the many things that you can try to effect a change in a person’s snoring, a relatively easy one is diet. Diet can have several different applications in its benefits to not only a person’s wellbeing but also their noise levels when sleeping.

To begin with if you are overweight, you should revamp your daily intake of calories and work hard on a diet that will lose you that extra weight. A man needs only to be twenty percent overweight to have a nightly snoring problem. Lose the weight and you’ll likely lose the snore.

Food Allergy

If being overweight is not your problem there are other diet adjustments that you still may want to consider. Certain foods are known to aggravate the chance of your snoring while others have gotten reputations for lessening the noise fest of the night. Although it is easy to say watch what you eat, in this case it might actually be of benefit. Studies have shown that milk and milk byproducts could be a culprit in the fight against sleepless nights.