Monday, January 14, 2008

Cure for the Common Snore

During the Men's Retreat at Peniel Bible Camp, you should always plan to be one of the first in your cabin to fall sleep because inevitably a "snorer" has been assigned to each cabin. If you're more interested in volleyball or other late night activities, just be ready for the sound of somebody sawing lumber when you eventually climb into your bunk. Events like this make you wonder why snoring happens and what can be done to prevent it. According to a British study, the key to overcoming the common snore is correct nasal breathing.
We probably do not think about "how"' we breathe as it is a natural function and happens anyway. However, how we breathe is important especially at night. During sleep we are designed to breathe through the nose. If for any reason nasal breathing is not possible our body's self-preservation mechanism forces us to breathe through the mouth. There are several reasons as to why some people find it difficult to breathe through the nose during sleep.
Size of nostrils
Nasal collapse (alar collapse)
Nocturnal nasal congestion (rhinitis)
Nasal obstruction (anatomic abnormalities)
These features increase nasal resistance, commonly known simply as 'nasal resistance'. Nasal resistance may be a contributing factor in the occurrence of sleep disordered breathing, upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association
The above study reveals "nasal resistance" as the problem. Conversely, correct nasal breathing ought to be the answer. To accomplish this, some medical doctors have prescribed breathing apparatus or even nasal surgery. But you would think that these should only be necessary in extreme cases. Could there be a better way?


Doug said...

I use to use those "Breathe Right Nasal Strips", but I am allergic to the glue they use!

Andy Rupert said...

Hey Doug, I found this remarkable unit on our basement floor. I think it's part of a futon we threw away. If I don't find another one, go down to Mattress Mack's and show him the picture. He'll know what to do. :)

EggsnGrits said...

Hey, as a full-blown apneatic, I just go straight for the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device.

"Correct" nasal breathing doesn't help people like me -- I snore whether I'm breathing through my nose or not!

Andy Rupert said...

Is that the unit with the air mask you strap on your face? A guy at our church tried that but kept knocking it off during the night.