Alcohol and sedatives add to the snoring combination, so these should be avoided whenever possible – especially because so many seniors take other drugs that these substances can interfere with! Weight gain can cause snoring as I wrote about the other day. Elderly caregivers can help along these lines by providing their clients with healthy foods from all five food groups.
You see, there are several so-called ‘treatments’ that a senior can ‘take’ to help clear up the snoring. Losing weight is a biggie. They can also use those nasal strips to help clear up congestion. Those strips help to open up the nasal passages. Oral appliances are sometime recommended by the experts to help push the lower jaw (called the mandible) forward slightly which also helps to alleviate snoring. There are also things called nasal valves that can be worn over the nostrils to create back pressure which can help to decrease nasal resistance.
In severe cases and with many people that have positively been diagnosed with sleep apnea, a CPAP machine (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) works wonders. While the machines may or may not work, sleep specialists will be able to recommend whether they think this will work for your client or not.
When you stay on top of things, you show everyone involved that you believe that With Age Comes Respect.