January 4, 2007 1:33am CST
Do you think snoring really effects our health? I have read it somewhere that if a person snore then he/she is suffering from some breathing disease, is it true? It is also a fact that one out five do snore. Please give me your viewpoints on this.
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4 Jan 07
You're talking about sleep apnea. I don't believe everyone that snores suffers from it though. What happens with sleep apnea, the person actually stops breathing during sleep for several seconds. This occurs throughout the night, which interferes with the sleep cycle, which causes the person to not get a proper night sleep. Can cause a range of other health problems as well due to not getting the right sleep.
26 Jan 07
Snoring cures almost all revolve around clearing the blockage in the breathing passage. This is the reason snorers are advised to lose weight (to stop fat from pressing on the throat), to stop smoking (smoking weakens and clogs the throat), and to sleep on their side (to prevent the tongue from blocking the throat). Surgery is one option to cure snoring (for example a uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, or uvulopalatoplasty); dental appliances such as a mandibular advancement splint are another. There are many devices such as nose clips to dilate the nostrils and jaw mechanics to keep the jaw in an optimum position. A pinky ring is purported to reduce snoring through accupressure. Different aids work for different people. According to the British Medical Journal, playing the didgeridoo can also help as it increases muscle usage in the throat
26 Jan 07
Snoring is the act of breathing through the open mouth in such a way as to cause a vibration of the uvula and soft palate, thus giving rise to a sound which may vary from a soft noise to a loud unpleasant sound. This most commonly occurs during sleep. The cause of snoring is a blockage in the breathing passage. Those blockages can be of many kinds—here are just a few: * Allergies * Throat weakness causing the throat to close during sleep * Mispositioned jaw, often caused by tension in muscles * Fat gathering in, and around, the throat * Obstruction in the nasal passageway When the airflow in the breathing passage becomes irregular due to a blockage the soft palate may start flapping. This flapping of the soft palate is what makes the snoring sound. Numerical statistics on snoring are often contradictory, but at least 30% of the adult population and perhaps as many as 50% of people in some demographics snore.For example, one population survey of 5713 Italian residents identified habitual snoring in 24% of men and 13.8% of women, rising to 60% of men and 40% of women in the 60 to 65-year-old age group suggesting an increased susceptibility to snoring as age increases. Although snoring is known as a cause of sleep deprivation and its knock-on effects (daytime drowsiness, irritability, lack of focus, lack of interest in s*x) it has also been suggested that it can cause significant psychological and social damage to sufferers. Armstrong et al. at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh found that snoring places strain on interpersonal relationships, with concerns for the effects of snoring often being voiced above the medical malady. Likewise, patients lamented the social embarrassment arising from complaints when having to stay outside the home. Both business and holiday arrangements can be detrimentally affected. Whilst snoring may popularly be seen in some circles as a minor affliction; snorers can suffer severe impairment of lifestyle. The between-subjects trial conducted by Armstrong et al. discovered that there was significant statistical improvement in marital relations when snoring was corrected through surgery.