CNBNewsnet (June 4, 2018)--Whether you know it or not, the world is in the midst of a full-blown snoring epidemic. And this epidemic is affecting both the people who snore and the ones who don’t.
Just look at the numbers: approximately 33% of people in the United States have a chronic snoring problem and 50% snore at least occasionally.
What’s worse, snoring can lead to a number of chronic diseases, including sleep apnea, a fatal form snoring where the person stops breathing during the night for minutes at a time.
What is Snoring and Are You Prone to It?
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we…
The first question on everyone’s mind is probably – what exactly is snoring? In essence, snoring is the noise produced by turbulent airflow. That means, if there are any obstructions to the airflow within the inside of your throat or nose, they will contribute to the noise.
And who’s more prone to snoring?
While people of all ages and genders snore, some are more prone to it than others. For instance, overweight people are more prone to snoring because they have more excess fat tissue around their necks; people who drink usually have more relaxed throat muscles, etc.
How to Solve Your Snoring Problem?
As they say – it’s better to be safe than sorry. Therefore, even if you have even a small snoring problem, you should make an effort to solve it before it turns into something more serious.
In most cases, a few simple lifestyle changes do the trick. Weight loss, quitting smoking, and cutting down on alcohol before bed help most people. There’s medication such as nasal sprays and antihistamine that can help.
For some, a simple thing like changing their sleeping position helps them get rid of snoring for good. People who sleep on their back are more prone to snoring, so if you’re one of those people, you should try sleeping on your side for a few nights to see will it help you.
There are also numerous gadgets and remedies that can help you ease your nightly snoring fits. For instance, you can do some breathing exercises that will strengthen your throat muscles. Or you can start using a mouthpiece that will keep your jaw in place while you’re sleeping.
If you want to know more about anti-snoring mouthpieces, we recommend you read this SleepTight review, and see how these simple gadgets can help you with your problem.
What is Sleep Apnea and How to Get Rid of It?
As we established before, chronic snoring can lead to something more health-threatening down the line. We already mentioned sleep apnea, the condition that makes you stop breathing periodically during the night. The disease leads to oxygen deprivation in your brain that can have a negative effect on the body.
If you don’t treat the disease, you’ll have a higher chance of experiencing a stroke or heart attack at some point in your life. What’s more, sleep apnea has a negative impact on your cognitive functions and people suffer from it are known to fall asleep behind the wheel.
For the treatment, you need to talk about it with your doctor. In most cases, the first line of treatment for sleep apnea is the use of the CPAP machine, which pumps air to your lungs through a mask you wear while you’re sleeping.
The Bottom Line on Snoring
Don’t get us wrong – millions of people who snore go on to lead normal, healthy lives. However, every person that snores can easily develop sleep apnea, which can be deadly in extreme situations. Therefore, you should try to deal with your snoring problem as soon as possible.
If the snoring gets to a point where your partner doesn’t want to sleep in the same room with you, it’s definitely the time to visit a medical professional. A sleep specialist will check your throat and nose to see whether you need immediate medical attention or not.
We hope you enjoyed our writing and that you found our tips useful. If you have any additional snoring questions, leave a comment in the comment section below and ask away.