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THE MALDEN ADVOCATE
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How To Stop Snoring
Dear Savvy Senior,
Over the past few years my 57-year-old husband’s snoring
has gotten much worse. It’s to the point that I have to either
wear earplugs or move to a different room. Any suggestions?
Sleep Deprived Susan
Dear Susan,
Snoring is a very common problem that often gets worse
with age. Around 37 million Americans snore on a regular
basis according to the National Sleep Center.
Snoring occurs when the airway narrows or is partly
blocked during sleep usually due to nasal congestion, flop-
py tissue, alcohol, or enlarged tonsils. But you and your hus-
bandalsoneed to knowthat snoring canbemuchmore than
just an annoyance. It can also be a red flag for obstructive
sleep apnea, a serious condition in which the snorer stops
and starts breathing during sleep, increasing the risks of car-
diovascular disease, stroke, cardiac arrhythmia and hyper-
tension. According to theAmericanAcademy of SleepMedi-
cine, 34percent ofmen and19percent of womenwho snore
routinely have sleep apnea or are at risk for it.
Self-Help Remedies
Even if you are unsurewhether your husband has a prima-
ry snoring problem or sleep apnea, sleep experts suggest
you start with these steps.
Open a stuffy nose:
If nasal congestion is causing your
husband to snore, over-the-counter nasal strips such as
Breathe Right may help. Or, if allergies are the cause, try sa-
line nasal sprays.
Elevate his head:
Buying a foam wedge to elevate his
head a few inches can help reduce snoring, or buy him a
contoured pillow to lift his chin and keep the tongue from
blocking the back of his throat as he sleeps. Also check out
Nora (
smartnora.com
), a wireless snoring device that slides
under the pillow and gently moves the head to a different
positionwhen snoring is detected. This, they say, stimulates
the relaxed throat muscles and opens the airway.
Sleep on side:
To prevent back sleeping, which triggers
snoring, place a pillow against your husbands back to keep
him from rolling over or sew a tennis ball in the back of his
pajama shirt. Or check out the Night Shift Sleep Positioner
(
nightshifttherapy.com
), a device that’sworn around theneck
that vibrates when you roll on your back.
Avoidalcohol beforebed:
Alcoholic beverages can relax
the muscles in the throat, and constrict airflow. He should
not consume alcohol three to four hours before bedtime.
Lose excess weight:
Fat around the neck can compress
the upper airway and impede airflow and is often associat-
ed with sleep apnea.
Quit smoking:
Smoking causes inflammation in the up-
per airways that can make snoring worse.
Need More Help
If these lifestyle strategies don’tmake abigdifference, your
husband should see his doctor, a sleep specialist, or an oto-
laryngologist who may recommend an overnight study to
test him for apnea.
For primary snoring or mild to moderate sleep apnea, an
oral appliance that fits into the mouth like a retainer may
be prescribed. This shifts the lower jawand tongue forward,
keeping the airway open.
Some other options are Theravent snore therapy (
ther-
aventsnoring.com
) and Provent sleep apnea therapy
(
proventtherapy.com
), which are small nasal devices that at-
tach over the nostrils to improve airflow.
But the gold standard for moderate to severe sleep ap-
nea is a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, de-
vice. This involves sleeping with a mask and is hooked up
to a machine that gently blows air up your nose to keep the
passages open.
If these don’t work or are intolerable, surgery is an option
too. There are procedures available today that remove ex-
cess tissue in the nose, mouth, or throat. And a newer proce-
dure called hypoglossal nerve stimulation that uses a small
device implanted in the chest to help control themovement
of the tongue when it blocks the airway.
Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman,
OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. JimMiller is a contributor to
the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior”book.
by Jim Miller
Joseph D. Cataldo
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NOTICE AND ORDER:
Petition for Appointment of
Guardian of a Minor
WITNESS, Hon. Edward F. Donnelly, Jr., First Justice of
this Court.
Date:
February 28, 2017
TARA E. DeCRISTOFARO
REGISTER OF PROBATE
March 17, 2017
loved father of Thomas Ken-
ny and his wife Pam of Mal-
den and the late Michael H.
Kenny. Grandfather of Ryan,
Sean and Brendan Kenny of
Malden. Brother of Nancy An-
drews of Beverly and her late
husband Arthur. Also survived
by many nieces and nephews.
FuneralMasswas heldonTues-
day, March 14 in the Church of
the Sacred Hearts, Malden. In-
terment will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations
may be made to the charity of
your choice. For directions and
guestbook go to
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f Arlington, March 1, 2017.
Beloved daughter of the
late William and Mary Messer.
Loving sister of the late Joseph,
Virginia, and William Messer.
Loving aunt of Karen Sullivan
and Paul Messer. Sister-in-law
of Elaine Messer and her fami-
ly of Ocala, FL. Born in Somer-
ville. Mariewas a retired school
teacher for the city of Malden.
Funeralmass heldononMarch
14 at Saint Camillus’ Church,
Arlington. Burial in Saint Jo-
seph’s Cemetery, West Rox-
bury. In lieu of flowers dona-
tions can be made to Sancta
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