Snoring is caused by a complex combination of factors, and sometimes these factors can change dramatically when we move from place to place. Whether you moved across the country or just across Omaha, you might find yourself snoring a lot more than you used to at your old house.
Even if you can’t simply pick up and move back, though, you can probably get a remedy for your increased snoring.
One of the most common culprits in snoring that varies seasonally is allergens. This can be outdoor allergens, such as pollen or spores, or it can be indoor allergens like dust and dander.
Allergens trigger an inflammatory response, which can lead to a narrowing of your airways, which causes snoring.
If you used to live in a quiet residential neighborhood, but now you’re right off a major street, it’s no wonder if you’re snoring more than you used to. Pollution is as bad as smoking for snoring. It irritates your airway, causing it to swell and narrow.
Leaving all your favorite restaurants means more than just not getting to enjoy your favorite entree. It can actually have a significant impact on your snoring. Some of the ingredients used at the new restaurant may cause mild food allergies, swelling your airway.
Also, if you have swapped your old healthy habits for a new diet of greasy fried food, you may be experiencing weight gain, which can increase snoring. Even if you’re just eating fast food until you find the good local restaurants, you might see a noticeable impact.
Maybe one of the great features of your new home is all the great local bars within walking distance of home. This lets you hang out with friends almost every night at the bar. Not only is drinking too much potentially unhealthy for your body, it can also contribute to snoring. Alcohol contributes to the sagging of your airway while you sleep, and it can take several hours before it works completely through your system.
One of the biggest things that may change with a cross-country move is the weather. If you moved from someplace moist to someplace dry, you may notice that your throat is a lot more scratchy than in the past. The dry weather can irritate your nasal passages, causing them to close and forcing you to breathe through your mouth.
This can be even worse in the winter because of low air temperatures outside and forced air heating inside.
In the morning you may notice the dry, scratchy throat, but you probably missed the night of snoring.
Open Your Throat to Breathe Easier
The good news is that all of these changes are relatively minor, causing small amounts of swelling in the airway. To reduce or eliminate snoring, all we have to do is open up your airway a little more to provide room for breathing despite minor snoring.
An oral appliance is the best way to do this. It’s comfortable, convenient, adjustable, and effective. To learn more about this treatment for snoring in Omaha, please call (402) 493-4175 today for an appointment with sleep dentist Dr. Roger Roubal at the Advanced Dental Sleep Treatment Center.