What exactly is snoring?
When a person makes snort like noises in their sleep, it is commonly referred to as snoring. It is extremely common, in fact out of a 100 people at least 40 snore. It usually isn’t a cause for serious concern, unless it disrupts the person or their partner.
However, snoring can also indicate at some serious health issue and medical conditions. For example, obstructive sleep apnoea interferes with the person’s regular breathing and cause them to not breath at al for several seconds to several minutes.
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This leads to a significant drop in their blood oxygen level making them feel sluggish and tired the whole day. It may also induce headache. This disorder can also hint at medical conditions such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and sometimes in severe cases, even stroke. It also heightens risks of accidents, and scientists even associate it with diabetes.
Why do we snore?
If we have obstructed airways, our lungs struggle to inhale oxygen. This causes the soft palate, which is the soft part on the roof of our mouths to vibrate. The sound emitted from this vibration is called snoring. The reason our lungs strain to inhale the required amount of oxygen is because sometimes our airways become too relaxed.
Another reason this happens is because of excess tissue build up close to the airway causing obstruction of air flow. Therefore, any kind of condition or external substance that induces muscle relaxation or fatty tissue buildup can cause a person to snore.
Some of them are:
•Taking a muscle relaxant or sedative such as sleeping pills or cold medication
•Being obese or overweight
•Drinking alcohol before bed
•Using an extremely soft and fluffy pillow
•Sleeping on your back
Airways can also be obstructed by nasal or throat deformities; for example, a very long soft palate or a deviated nasal septum.
Even children can be victims of snoring if they have a tonsil infection or their tonsils are enlarged for any other reason. People suffering from asthma also are prone to snoring as their airways are constricted. Lastly another element which can aggravate snoring is cigarette smoke as it irritates the airways.
*Submitted By Krittika Biswas
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