Top Reasons People Snore
That’s a lot of days of getting up feeling tired, being less-than-sharp at work, and possibly operating machinery or vehicles while drowsy because of sleep deprivation.
Add to that the growing body of scientific evidence of the health costs of not getting enough sleep – everything from obesity to diabetes, heart disease to higher accident risk – and you can see that something that is often regarded as a joke or an irritant can have more serious consequences.
World’s Loudest Snorers
Two men who made the Guinness Book of Records demonstrate the problem some wives face… (Of course women as well as men snore, but generally men snore louder)
Brit Mel Switzer held the record in the 90s for at 92.5 decibels – louder than a police siren or a revving motorcycle
Mel says that during one 10-year period “eight neighbors moved away because they couldn’t tolerate the noise.”
Even that topped by a Swedish man who took the 2000 Guinness record with a snore of 93 decibels…. almost two-thirds the noise level of a Boeing 747 taking off. You’d be lucky to sleep through that!
As novelist Anthony Burgess observed, “Laugh and the world laughs with you; snore and you sleep alone.”
Causes of Snoring
Snoring is caused by the muscle relaxation – and subsequent narrowing – of upper airways in sleep, restricting airflow and causing air turbulence.
Just as a cough can be a symptom of pneumonia, snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnoea – leading to fragmented, less restful sleep.
Even snoring that is not caused by sleep apnoea can indicate an independent risk factor for hypertension.
A Scientific American report on snoring indicates 44 percent of all men and 28 percent of all women surveyed were habitual snorers. Overall, 4 percent of these men and 2 percent of these women had snoring that was associated with obstructive sleep apnoea.
The prevalence of snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea seems to increase with age, especially after 65.
Top Reasons Why You Snore
- Obesity: the biggest cause – fatty deposits restrict air flow
- Alcohol: relaxes throat muscles
- Allergies: irritate airways and cause swelling
- Nasal Obstruction: colds, sinus troubles, flu or other physical restrictions
- Sedatives: muscle relaxants or sedatives collapse throat muscles
- Smoking: research proves smokers snore more, and that passive smoke also causes spouses to snore. Two possible reasons… either smoke irritates the airways, or nicotine withdrawal during sleep disturbance and airway obstruction.
Snoring also occurs in children. Researchers have found that 20 percent of normal children snore occasionally and 7 percent to 10 percent of children snore every night. In many cases, children who snore are perfectly healthy, and the problem can be easily solved by removing tonsils and adenoids.
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