Is your snore a nose whistler, wall shaker, or a pig in a trough Different snores have different causes – find the treatment that suits yours
22:00 GMT, 16 February 2013
02:50 GMT, 17 February 2013
Snoring can be a cause of pain, dry mouth and much annoyance for your significant other who has to live with the noise.
There are different reasons behind different snores so it is vital to finds the right treatment.
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‘Snoring during pregnancy develops for several reasons,’ says Mr Kotecha. ‘Many women gain weight, which increases the likelihood of snoring, but increased blood flow and oestrogen levels are the main culprits.’
Oestrogen usually protects women from snoring but higher than normal levels can irritate the mucous membranes, triggering rhinitis. It can be more difficult to treat pregnant women because they cannot take a range of drugs, although low-dose nasal steroid spray can be used after the first three months of pregnancy.
‘It would not be advised that a woman try to lose weight if she was pregnant unless she was very overweight, so the key treatment is reducing inflammation in the nose,’ explains Mr Kotecha. ‘Steam inhalations with a drop or two of Olbas oil [28ml, 4.55; feelunique.com] and regular saline nasal rinsing is a very effective drug-free method of clearing irritants and soothing inflammation in the nose.’ Try the Neilmed Nasal Sinus Rinse Kit (13.75; revital.co.uk).
About ten per cent of children snore and the causes are diverse. Children are more prone to catching infections, which block the nasal passages or throat. ‘Enlarged tonsils or adenoids are the most common causes for childhood snoring,’ explains Mr Kotecha. ‘Sometimes the shape of the skull as the child grows can induce temporary snoring.’
In most cases, snoring will come and go during infancy but for those who snore severely, intervention may be needed. Studies have shown that children who snore tend to suffer with hyperactivity, a lower IQ and sometimes stunted growth. ‘More often than not, childhood snoring resolves itself,’ says Mr Kotecha. ‘You cannot use mouth inserts because they can affect tooth growth and development. In most cases, severe snoring is resolved by having the tonsils and adenoids removed.’