Monday, 10 June 2013

Unbelievable Statistical Facts on Snoring

Snoring is a common issue in most families and institutions. One time or another, a spouse, sibling or school dormitory member has expressed their displeasure at another's snoring and sometimes made it a source of humour. In most cases those who snore don’t find it a big deal, but those who find its negativity seek a way out.

Snoring is the sound that results from the vibrations of the respiratory organs or its parts. When the nose, the throat or the respiratory tract are completely or partially blocked, they cause strained breathing. Statistics indicate that of the persons aged 30 to 60, 44% of the men and 28% of the women suffer intense snoring and generally, the number of men who snore exceed that of women by half. 30% of persons aged 30 and above snore. A few small children snore, just 5.6%. The percentage of snorers increases with age.

In extreme cases of snoring the entire breathing system gets completely blocked. This is dangerous since it causes obstructive sleep apnea. Those people suffering from sleep apnea are likely to cause a road accident six times more than those who don’t snore at all. Apnea does not just cause snoring; in advanced cases it causes stroke or heart attack. About 3% of snorers with apnea are likely to suffer stroke or heart attack. Medical treatment of apnea reduces the chances of stroke by 20%. Apnea causes Spousal Arousal Syndrome. The psychological connection to the spouse will cause them to wake up about 21 times per hour. This may cause serious relational problems. On aggregate, the partner may lose up to one hour of sleep in one single night.

Chronic snoring leads to narrowing of the blood vessels on the neck, a condition termed as “carotid atherosclerosis.” One will experience pain and stiffness of the neck. Inflammations and fatty airways block the smooth air passage and thus excessive weight causes snoring. Inflammation causes tract vibrations resulting in snoring. It is advisable to check on your personal weight through exercises (jogging, riding, going to the gym) and eating a healthy diet. Statistics reveal that shorter and weighty women are more likely to snore than their average counterparts. There is a close co-relation of weight, height and snoring.

Snoring is a manageable condition. However, one must be ready to change their lifestyle. Avoid alcohol and sedatives, quit smoking, reduce on weight, take healthy diets and sleep in comfortable positions using sleep aids such as pillows. Snoring must be tackled in the best way possible because it can cause death. Half the number of people with apnea also suffers hypertension.

In conclusion, snoring is not an elusive or mystic concept. It has defined trends and is absolutely manageable.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Snoring Does not have to Cost You Your Relationship

It is quite a challenge to sleep soundly when sharing a bed with someone who snores. The tossing and turning, the burying of your head under a pillow, the purchasing of ear plugs to try and eliminate the noise only to have them fall out of your ears in the middle of the night, the use of sleeping pills, the opting to sleep in another room, or send your snoring partner onto the sofa...

There are numerous challenges that arise when your partner snores, the most bothersome being that you lose plenty of hours of deep and restful, sound sleep. The problems that result from lack of enough sleep are general exhaustion and fatigue, irritability, lack of productivity and in some cases road accidents where the driver falls asleep at the wheel. Lack of sleep is clearly unhealthy.

Another challenge that snoring brings is physical distancing between couples. Sometimes couples opt to sleep in separate beds and in extreme cases separate rooms. The immediate effect of this is that there is a decreased level of intimacy between two people. A couple may be able to figure out their way around the intimacy issue, but being intimate goes beyond sex; there is intimacy in resting together too.

For some couples, snoring is a problem even before marriage and this may cause concern about how well their marriage will work. If a couple desires to stay together, there are many ways of dealing with the problem of snoring before extreme measures such as separate bedrooms are considered.

Since the individual who snores is not doing it with intent to irritate the other, a more productive approach to dealing with this would be to seek medical advice for the snoring partner, alongside other alternatives. It may take some time and several attempts in different options, which may also cost a significant amount of money. However, in the end the effort will have been well worth it if a solution is found.

Often, the causes of snoring are lifestyle related, such as heavy drinking and smoking or poor diet. Beginning by working on lifestyle changes together can strengthen the bond between two people. Sometimes the cause is medical, and in such a case getting the necessary medical help will alleviate the problem.

Working together to find solutions and keeping a positive and hopeful attitude throughout the process builds trust and confidence, further strengthening a relationship. Eventually, it ensures that you do not lose someone you love over something that is treatable.