Many people use ear plugs to help them sleep but which ear plugs should you use? With so many to choose from, the decision can be bewildering. Here are some tips on choosing ear plugs for sleeping with a snorer.
Foam ear plugs aren't so good because they expand in your ear canal. This results in discomfort and the plugs pushing themselves out of your ear, meaning you wake up when you are exposed to the noise. They only last for a few uses before becoming unhygienic due to the build up of wax, skin cells and dirt. Their abrasive nature can damage the fragile skin lining the ears. This allows germs into the underlying dermis, resulting in infection.
Wax ear plugs are sticky and tend to accumulate dirt and hair, meaning they only last a few uses. They can become expensive if used and replaced often. This type can stick to pillow, carpet and clothing. What a mess!
Molded ear plugs are ideal because they don't expand in your ears and are individually molded so feel very comfortable. They cost less per use than other types of ear plug because they last for years.
ZenPlugs Molded Ear Plugs are great because they are antibacterial and so may reduce the chance of you getting ear infections. They cost far less than having you ears molded by an audiologist.
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WHAT ARE THE CAUSES AND TREATMENT OF SNORING?
Snoring is the often loud noise made by vibration of the upper airways during sleep. It is caused by relaxation of the muscles of the throat whilst the person is sleeping. This is combined with the passage of air through the airways leading to resonance and noise. The sounds can range from whining to rasping to loud drill like sounds.
Snoring is a common problem, particularly in those who are overweight. Those who have consumed alcohol, sedatives or a heavy meal are all also more likely to snore. It is a common cause of insomnia among sleeping partners. although earplugs and white noise machines may help with this.
One of the common causes of snoring is obstructive sleep apnoea. This is a syndrome which involves loud snoring and cessation of breathing during sleep. It can lead to medical conditions which may be hazardous to the patient's health. During sleep the muscles of the upper airway relax. The airway closes, resulting in loud snoring and breathing stopping for a few seconds. The level of carbon dioxide in the person's blood increases whilst the level of oxygen drops. This results in the sufferer waking up and the air passages opening. Breathing continues.
As the person wakes often during the night the quality of sleep is poor and so daytime somnolence is common. One of the hallmarks of obstructive sleep apnoea is daytime sleepiness. This is to the extent of falling asleep at the wheel, in meetings or at other odd times such as whilst shopping. This can clearly be dangerous. Risk factors for sleep apnoea include obesity, alcohol intake and diabetes. Smoking, sedative use and high blood pressure also contribute to risk.
It is not known whether or not high blood pressure causes sleep apnoea or the other way round. It is thought that the high blood pressure is the cause of the medical complications which include increased risk of stroke and heart attack. Heart attacks are also known as MI or myocardial infarction. Because of this it is important that a person seeks medical advice if it is thought that they may have obstructive sleep apnoea.
Treatment includes mandibular advancement splints and supportive pillows. These hold the airway in a more open position, CPAP machines, and occasionally surgery to the palate. Mandibular advancement splints advance the lower jaw forwards, holding be airways open. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. It works by inflating the airways with high-pressure air, holding them open from the inside. This involves wearing a close-fitting mask whilst asleep. Surgery to the palate is a last resort and involves reducing the mass of tissue at the back of the mouth, often by using a laser.