In my house, everyone knew when Dad would fall asleep because his snoring sounded like a jet plane crashing into my parentsʼ bedroom. How does my mother ever get to sleep when it sounds like an airport right next to her? Truthfully, she didnʼt sleep well. We often found her on the couch in the morning when the snoring had become intolerable. Unfortunatly in the dorms, if your roommate snores, there isnʼt any emergency couch or guest room available. Relationships between roommates can go sour quickly if someone is losing sleep due to anotherʼs snoring. What is Snoring and How Do I Stop It? Snoring can be caused by a number of factors. Sometimes sleep positions (lying on the back as opposed to lying on the side), alcohol, cold/flu or allergy congestion and fatigue can cause snoring symptoms. For others, snoring is associated with upper airway resistance syndrome or mild obstructive sleep apnea.
In severe cases where snoring is accompanied by thrashing and choking, moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea may be to blame. Sleep apnea is measured by the degree to which the loose tissues of the mouth and throat actually block the snorerʼsability to breathe during the night. Sleep apnea is a life threatening disorder that can be treated through either CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) via a face mask or laser uvulopalatoplasty and other surgeries. If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, visit your medical doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Home Remedies for Snoring: Youʼve probably seen the commercials for various snore busting devices such as Breathe Right Strips or Snore Pillows, but these “treatments” arenʼt proven effective and are usually costly.
Most snorers are driven to try one or more of these marketed devices at least once by frustrated partners or roommates. As a snorer, your best bet in reducing snoring is to make lifestyle changes such as reducing alcohol and tobacco consumption and losing body weight through exercising. As a roommate of a snorer, consider encouraging these healthy lifestyle changes by being a buddy at the gym, helping your roommate to quit smoking, and finding something fun to do with your roommate other than going to a bar or a party.
Help Me Get Some Sleep!
The Wellness Center has sleep kits available for those in need of a good nightʼs rest. Sleep kits include earplugs, chamomile tea, and sleep tips to help you get the sleep you require. Also, visit the National Sleep Foundation at www.sleepfoundation and Sleepnet.om at www.sleepnet. com for valuable information on sleep disorders, clinician links, and sleep forums.