Is Holiday Stress Causing You to Snore?

Millions of people, young and old, snore on occasion. In fact, just about everyone will snore at some point. It becomes a problem when it is chronic. Waking up feeling fatigued and dragging through the day can be a sign of a sleep problem. Snoring can have various causes and stress is one of them. This time of year can be very stressful and can lead to restless nights with increased snoring.

How Do You Handle Stress?

People develop various coping mechanisms to handle stress. Some work it out though physical exertion like running, working out at the gym or tennis. Others internalize their stress. Coping with stress may include smoking, drinking alcohol or even clenching and grinding teeth. How you handle your stress can influence your snoring.

Alcohol consumption close to bedtime can decrease your natural defenses against airway obstruction. It allows the throat muscles to relax to the point where they collapse the airway and cause snoring. People who are under a lot of stress and grind their teeth may also snore more than usual.

Chronic or Situational Snoring

Occasional snoring can be disruptive, but generally after the stress is gone, the snoring stops as well. Situational snoring can usually be managed by using a home remedy. Some options are:

  • Sleeping on your side
  • Use nasal strips
  • Raise the head of your bed
  • Treat nasal congestion if you have a cold
  • Avoid alcohol before bed

On the other hand, when snoring is chronic, it should be diagnosed and treated. Chronic snoring is often a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and can lead to other health problems. A sleep study may be necessary to determine if OSA is the cause of the snoring and if so, to what extent. Proper diagnosis must be made in order to successfully treat the disorder.

Buford Sleep offers oral appliance therapy for snoring. Call today for more information on how you can get a decent night’s rest with treatment for your snoring.