Someone who snores can often become the butt of jokes. But jokes aside, snoring is no laughing matter.
Nearly 90 million Americans do it, most of them men, and very often those over the age of 60 are effected.
He's Snoring Again
A recent survey found that this disorder is the cause of one in seven domestic disputes, & 95% of those questioned say they are woken by their partner's loud night noises at least once a week, with 39% being woken up every night! Another poll revealed that 80 % of couples end up sleeping in different rooms, all because one partner can no longer tolerate sleeping next to someone that sounds like a landing strip.
Besides the social ramifications of snoring, it can also have serious health effects. Snoring consists of noisy breathing through the mouth or nose during sleep. If you are a quiet sleeper, air passes from your nose & throat to your lungs silently & unhindered. However, for millions of others, something disrupts the flow of air.
Maybe it's a blocked nose; perhaps the base of the tongue is restricting breathing. More commonly, it's the soft tissue in your upper palate or throat that gets in the way and starts vibrating.
The reasons for snoring are many. They include poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat, sometimes due to alcohol or drugs; weight gain -- extra weight around the neck can lead to snoring; colds -- having a stuffy nose means you're likely to snore; & some kind of obstruction, such as a polyp, cyst or even enlarged tonsils.
How can one stop snoring? There is no universal answer, but there are hundreds of potential solutions that may help you. There are numerous fixes for snoring, from folk traditions to home remedies & over-the-counter medications, to what might be called a face-lift for your throat.
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