Snoring – More Than a Disturbance

The subject of snoring is an all time favorite among stand up comedians. There is a lot of humor to be found in people making loud noises while asleep. However, the fact that snoring is a medical condition should not be overlooked. Most people who snore do not know it unless they are told so by the person who shares the bed. Keeping your partner awake at night because of your snoring may seem like a relationship issue, not a medical one. This is a mistaken premise. Snoring, or sleep apnea to give it the correct medical name, can, if not treated, lead to serious medical problems.


What Is Sleep Apnea?

When extra tissue is present in the throat, it can partially obstruct the airway and vibrate as air flows over it during periods of sleep when the muscles are relaxed. This vibration results in the sound we call snoring. The actual sound and volume that snoring produces varies from person to person. The incidence of snoring increases with age. While this condition affects both sexes, it is marginally more common among men.

There are two types of sleep apnea – obstructive and central. In the case of the obstructive type, which is the most common,it is the obstruction of the airway that causes the sound. With central sleep apnea, the partial obstruction is exacerbated by the brain not sending the required signals to the muscles to expand and contract to allow for proper air intake. While both types of sleep apnea are conditions that require medical treatment, the rarer central sleep apnea is more dangerous.

The Causes

People who are overweight are more prone to snoring. In addition, there are several genetic factors such as extended soft palates, long uvulas and enlarged tonsils that can cause snoring. Respiratory diseases may also result in a person starting to snore.

The Effects

People who snore do not realize the dangers that the condition poses which are both physical as well as psychological. A person may be in bed for a normal period and may seem to be deeply asleep during that time. However, the sleep is not a restful one because of the strain that snoring places on the respiratory system and the rest of the metabolism. A snorer will often experience fatigue during the day and will lack the ability to focus or concentrate. The condition can also lead to the development of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and other serious medical issues.


The common ways of dealing with snoring include the use of decongestants on a regular basis, the use of mouthguards to force the airways to stay open, etc. The problem with these is that they only try to stop the sound on a day to day basis. They do not offer an effective long term cure for the condition as the cause for snoring remains untreated.

Homeopathic treatment for sleep apnea works by breaking down excess mucus in the airways, reducing inflammation, clearing up congestion in the lungs and also by acting on other physical causes of snoring. The medications are made using naturally occurring substances and are not drugs produced in laboratories. This means that they are safe, effective and do not result in any addiction. There are a number of homeopathic medicines available and a homeopathic doctor will be able to prescribe the ones that will be most suitable, based on the type and cause of the problem.

Homeopathy offers an effective and safe cure for snoring/sleep apnea and not just a way of controlling it.