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.

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