Do you wake up in the middle of the night, choking, gasping for breath? Do others constantly get irritated by your loud snoring which denies them their good night’s sleep? Do you wake up in the morning feeling drowsy due to last night’s gasping and choking which left you lying awake the rest of the night? When you snore, you don’t realize it but it’s your roommate’s complaints that make you aware.
Snoring, in common term, is a rattling or vibrating noise that occurs when you inhale and exhale while sleeping, because of a blockage to the passage of air through the back of the mouth. When you sleep, the muscles of your throat relax and they become floppy. The opening and closing of the air tract causes the tissues in the throat to vibrate. In other words, snoring is the vibration of the respiratory organs, resulting in sound due to hindered air passage during breathing.The loudness is affected by the volume of air passing and the speed at which it passes. In some cases, the sound may be soft, while in others, it may be noisy and annoying.
Statistics states that at least 30% of the population, sometimes even 50% of the population of some countries, are susceptible to snoring. A study reveals that with an increase in age, the susceptibility to snoring increases manifolds. It is one of the most common problems seen universally. Though it is most often treated as a minor affliction, it can indicate the start of something big!
Men face it more commonly than women. It can lead to disrupted and fragmented sleep, which is naturally not rejuvenating in nature, consequentially followed by lack of efficiency during the day. The two adverse health problems related to snoring are heart disease and daytime dysfunction. About half of the people facing snoring problems suffer sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterized by paused breathing or shallow and infrequent breathing.
Researchers state it as one of the factors of sleep deprivation, to both you and to those around you. It has been suggested that snoring often causes notable psychological and social harm. It is also said that increased chances of heart attack or stroke is positively correlated to loud snoring. It also causes impairment in your lifestyle. Drowsiness during the day, lack of concentration, irritability are some of the unavoidable consequences of snoring. Research shows there is going to be a significant improvement in your efficiency, productivity and lifestyle once snoring is corrected. It often benefits a person personally and socially with an improvement in marital relationships too.
The key reasons that lead to snoring are:
- Aging: which relaxes the throat muscles, leading to snoring;
- Anatomical Abnormalities: such as enlarges adenoids or tonsils, deviated nasal septum or polyps in the nasal passage, which excessively narrows the throat during sleep and causes snoring;
- Functional Abnormalities: inflammation of the nose due to respiratory infection or allergy;
- Alcohol: alcohol is essentially a nerve relaxant which causes the throat muscles to further relax;
Obesity: it is also one of the major contributing factors, especially if there are fatty tissues present around the neck region.