Snoring is a very common phenomenon, occurring between a third to half the population. The exact numbers are not known.
As the body ages, snoring sets in. In the earlier times, it was thought to have affected men only (from their 30's onwards). Now, we know that that it affects women too. In women, it sets in post menopause, when the hormones defending the production of the mucous tissues dwindle.
Snoring sounds are always a sign that the air flow in the nose, throat and the pharynx region is compromised. The narrowing of the airways leads to air turbulence that produces loud noises by the vibrating of the soft tissues fabric - the weak musculature of soft palate and the uvula, sometimes even the tongue base and throat.
Causes for snoring
Snoring is caused by anatomical peculiarities, and so can occur in young, slim people too. Snoring affects about 8% children.
Anatomical conditions: Conditions that contribute to snoring
- a very narrow space between the base of the tongue and the back wall of the wind-pipe
- a thick or long uvula
- a bulky tongue
- enlarged adenoids or enlarged tonsils
- smaller, retro-set lower jaw, with an over-bite, constricted teeth
- constrictions in the nose
Aging body: when the body looses tone and firmness
Overweight and /or thick neck: when excess fatty tissues get deposited in the neck region and narrows the throat
Alcohol consumption: Alcohol consumption, especially beer, leads to increased snoring
Body fitness: well trained muscles support a good sound sleep, though excessive training can reinforce snoring. One must seek the golden midway
Heavy dinner: can contribute to a restless sleep and so, increases snoring
Medicine consumption: such as sleeping pills and psychotropic drugs can contribute to snoring too
Snoring is not a disease
Ordinary snoring (Habitual Ronchopathy) is not a disease. But it is a tiresome noise, reaching up to 100 decibels (as trucks on the highways). This results in separate bedrooms for the couple, both at home and on holidays too.
This permanent vibration spreads across the soft palate and flutters to the very tip of the uvula, weakening the arcs of the soft palate, which is responsible to keep the airways open.
With Velumount Method against snoring
With the Velumount palatal brace, the velum is stabilized ie. the mechanics of the windpipe above the uvula is held in place. The Velumount Method therefore prevents the tiresome noise and deters potential respiratory blockages.