Snoring: The Myths and Facts
Snoring refers to the snorting and other similar noises a person makes while sleeping. About a half of the population has a habit of snoring while sleeping, so it can be said that snoring is common but it being common doesn’t makes it normal. Snoring can affect a person’s sleep cycle, thus causing tiredness during the following day. Lack of proper sleep for a long term in turn can cause medical problems and also will show signs of aging in the skin, tired and saggy complexion.
Reasons behind snoring:
The hindrance in movement of air through the mouth and nose causes snoring. More the blockage in path of the air, louder is the sound. There are many factors that promote snoring like alcohol consumption, smoking, working in dense chemicals and factory environment without proper masks and sometimes lung conditions including cysts and cancers.
Causes of snoring:
- Ageing: Muscles start to lose their flexibility and resilience, thus the inside of your throat becomes congested with lose muscles and increases chances of you snoring.
- Sinus and other medical conditions: Blocked sinuses or throat block the air path and leads to snoring.
- Obesity: Fatter amount around the neck area causes muscles to lose flexibility, thus causes snoring.
- Smoking: Smoking causes a number of problems related to breathing. The fumes and tar can block the airways and contribute to snoring.
- Sleep posture: Various sleeping postures are bad for people with snoring problem.
5 Myths about snoring
- “Snoring is untreatable”
False! Snoring is not a disease, it is just a condition and surely is treatable There are many options from changing your sleep posture to using some nasal or oral anti-snore appliances or in very serious conditions, taking prescribed medicines.
- “Dizziness during work hours means person is not getting enough sleep”
Wrong. Daytime dizziness can occur even when a person is getting enough sleep. Such sleepiness can be a sign of an underlying health condition or sleep disorder like sleep apnea. So do seek professional help to correctly diagnose the cause of this symptom.
- “Only an hours sleep loss will not affect you much during the next day”
Lack of proper sleep may not make you visibly sleepy but it can meddle with your thought process and result in compromised and over-fastened judgement and delayed reflexes.
- “More sleep cures daytime fatigue”
A deep sleep is more important than a long sleep of lower quality. Being said that, a rem-sleep is very much important and cannot be replaced by any number of polyphasic sleep cycles or 9 hours of fluctuating sleep.
- “Cleaning and unclogging the nose cures snoring”
False. A clogged nose contributes to more and louder snoring but it is not the only factor. Snoring depends on tongue, jaw, throat muscles, and nose. Impaired functioning of any of the said body parts can result in problems like snoring, sleep apnea and other disorders.
How to treat snoring?
Snoring will not go away instantly, it takes time. Even the medication will either relieve it for one night or will take time. Although there are little changes you can make here and there in your routine so as to diminish it over time:
- Sleep on your side, not on your back.
- Do not consume alcohol in the evening.
- Do regular exercises, especially throat exercises.
- Quit smoking.
- Take at least 6 hours of deep rem sleep daily.
- For loud snorers, use nasal strips or appliances.
Are you a snorer? Relationship in trouble?
Doesn’t matter how close you may think you are but nobody likes hearing noises when they are sleeping. Especially not when the noises are those repetitive annoying snores!
Snoring can cause many relationship problems like:
- Sleeping solo. Your partner may ask you to sleep alone in a different room or you might do it own your own out of guilt.
- Lack of a good night sleep and can cause irritability, thus making your temper short and potentially increasing your chances of a fight with your colleague, partner or other people.
- Your partner can also start loathing you because he/she might be using ear plugs to sleep properly without letting you know that he/she is not comfortable in sleeping around noises.
- You can also start resenting your partner for keeping on telling you to stop snoring. You might feel like your partner is being rude and not understanding the situation
So if you care about your partner, then do take initiatives to cure your snoring and letting them know that you care. This will benefit both of you.
Sometimes in the beginning you will not even realise that you have a snoring problem, until it gets too late and your partner is totally fed up with your snoring habits. And when he/she starts reminding you to stop snoring in the middle of night, you might get angry thinking he/she only thinks about himself/herself while on the other side your partner will see it as you being a selfish person and do not really care about his/her needs.
Steps to a happy snore-less relationship
- Snoring is nothing to be ashamed of. It is a physical condition, just like a sprain or a cough. And it is fully treatable, so do not panic or feel sad about it.
- Do not take suggestions from your partner as jibes or taunts, he/she is only trying to help you and also their lack of proper sleep due to “your” snoring is probably making them uneasy. So do not take it personally and just focus on the solutions of the problem
- Show your partner that you care about their wellness. If you are the snorer then show them that you are making efforts to put an end to this, or if you are the partner of the snorer then be polite and helping, show you care and let them take their time in getting things done.
- Keep your head open; know when you think that your action might be unprofessional or uncompassionate; simply put-your action being wrong. Not just for snorers, but for everyone, you should think twice before making a decision that may affect you in future, especially when you are aware that your head is not in its best functioning state.
So if you’re a snorer and happen to be reading this then get up make up your mind and start right away before it’s late.
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