Especially if you live alone, you may be unaware of just how much you’re snoring.
If you suffer from any of the following conditions during the day, it should give you a clue that your snoring has gone into the danger bracket: chronic drowsiness, headaches, decreased libido, irritability, poor concentration, forgetfulness, nodding off at work.
The causes of snoring
Other factors that can aggravate snoring include heavy drinking, eating just before going to sleep, smoking or being exposed to second hand smoke, and/or being overweight.
Men snore more
Four out of every ten men snore, whereas the number for women is three out of ten. Roughly one quarter of people are snorers.
The sound of snoring
The sound of snoring is the result of air turbulence vibrating the structures in the upper airway; these sounds can range from 50 – 100 decibels.
The latter is the sound made by a pneumatic drill. If you snore, either your muscles have become weak, or your airway is being restricted in some way.
Snoring and heart problems
Snoring people sleep more deep then non-snoring. Regular snorers are 5 times more likely to develop heart disease, stroke and hypertension than people who do not snore.
Reduce your snoring
Here are some ideas on how to reduce your snoring:
- lose weight;
- avoid rich foods and alcohol before bedtime;
- raise your head by putting pillows under it;
- try and avoid sleeping on your back (some people sew a tennis ball into the neck of their pyjamas).