An Introduction To Snoring
Snoring is defined as a coarse sound made by vibrations of the soft palate and other tissue in the mouth, nose & throat (upper airway). It is caused by turbulence inside the airway during inspiration. The turbulence is caused by a partial blockage that may be located anywhere from the tip of the nose to the vocal chords. The restriction may occur only during sleep, or it may persist all the time and be worse when we are asleep. This is because our muscle tone is reduced during sleep and there may be insufficient muscle tone to prevent the airway tissue vibrating. During waking hours muscle tone keeps the airway in good shape; that's why we don't snore when awake.
Snoring can originate from the nose, oropharynx or the base of the tongue. In recent years it has been found that the tongue plays a far more important role in the incidence of snoring than was once thought.
Snoring is something that cannot be stopped at will, neither is it something that can be 'cured'. It can however, be successfully controlled. Snoring is caused by a physical abnormality that needs to be identified before a control can be found. This is not as difficult as it seems and the good news is there is a control for everybody. Finding the cause is the key to finding a solution. In most instances snoring can be controlled by simple self-help remedies.
Most snorers tend to take the 'hit and miss' route to finding a solution, with the inevitable disappointing result. They are often lured into buying products that claim to have exceedingly high success rates. Sadly, for many snorers, they become so despondent that they give up on their quest to stop. How many times have you heard 'I have tried everything, but nothing works'?
Our 'tests' have been specially designed to help you find the cause of your snoring. By performing each test and by a process of elimination you will identify the cause or causes in your individual case so you can work on those areas of concern.