Snoring and MSM
Snoring. We’ve all done it at some point in our lives. If it is happening regularly each night, and causing disruption to other people’s sleep, then it might be worth looking into why it is happening.
Snoring according to Snore Australia, is “when the muscles of the airway relax too much during sleep and vibrate (creating noise) when air we breathe passes in and out”. They also go onto to suggest common causes of snoring, some of which include;
- Eating too much at night
- Nasal Congestion
- Being overweight
- Sleep position
- Swollen adenoids or tonsils, especially in children
There are quite a few options in regards to treatment for snoring, a great one to consider is visiting a Sleep Physician who specialises in sleep disorders and can make an informed recommendation and suggested treatment.
In addition to this, there are also some lifestyle changes that can also help. Considering a weight loss program if this is a factor may help to decrease snoring as will stopping smoking. Not only does smoking pose big health risks, but “tobacco smoke causes the walls of airways to retain fluid and swell (this is called oedema). This causes the airway to narrow, worsening snoring. Smokers are 4 to 5 times more likely than non-smokers to suffer from snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea,”explains Snore Australia.
Incorporating nasal treatments is also another option. In particular, a nasal spray containing MSM (source of organic sulphur) could assist. In a trial using MSM, sufferers of chronic snoring where given 15% MSM drops in a water solution in each nostril 15 minutes prior to bed. 80% reported reductions in snoring with no side effects whatsoever in 90 days. To make up a solution add 15 grams or 3 level teaspoons of MSM to 85mls of boiled, filtered water. Spray up each nostril around 10 minutes before sleep each night.
If you’re waking up tired and not feeling you’re getting the restful sleep you need then perhaps snoring might be the culprit and a further look into why this might be happening could help you find ways to reduce and prevent it.