10 Important Facts About Snoring
Number 10: Snoring Statistics.
Twenty percent of all adults are chronic snorers, and 45% of normal adults snore occasionally. As people grow older, their chance of snoring increases. Approximately half of all individuals over 60 snore regularly.
The number may vary from one study to another, but about four out of every ten men snore, whereas the number for women is three out of ten.
Number 9: Snoring and Weight Gain.
Published by the American Journal of Epimediology is a pioneering and lengthy study of 68,183 women with habitual sleep problems. The study which started in 1986 was conducted for 16 years.
It is found that women sleeping five hours or less gained 30 pounds more than women who slept seven hours or longer. As the women gained weight, their snoring worsened, and thus a vicious cycle was set in.
Number 8: A Serious Medical Problem.
Snoring can also indicate a serious medical problem known as OSA or Obstructed Sleep Apnea. At night when someone sleeps, there may be episodes when the airway mostly at the throat’s back is obstructed.
This is when breathing stops for a period of about 10 seconds and then breathing is resumed. The condition can also reduce the flow of oxygen to vital organs and cause irregular heart rhythms.
Number 7: Snoring Can Affect Relationships.
Snoring doesn’t just interfere with the snorer’s sleep. When it comes to couples, one person’s snoring often means sleep trouble for two. And it isn’t only sleep that can suffer. Snoring can put great strain on relationships.
Socially unacceptable snoring is one reason for long term relationship and marriage failure in many cases. Estimates vary, but recent studies and surveys indicate that anywhere from 25% to 40% of couples are regularly sleeping in separate bedrooms.
Number 6: Stress Can Cause Snoring.
Stress causes poor sleep in ways that many people may not realize. Stress releases a tension-promoting hormone, Cortisol, that activates the anxiety promoting areas in the brain.
As a result, air passages will start to collapse, making breathing difficult. When the soft palate and tongue collapse, it produces loud snoring sounds. In a vicious cycle, the snoring leads to hypertension and a risk of cardiovascular disease.
Number 5: Diet Can Mitigate Snoring.
Kevin Meehan, a holistic practitioner and founder of Meehan Formulations in Jackson, Wyoming, believes that a proper diet that keeps the obstruction of the throat and nasal passageways down is imperative in preventing someone from snoring.
A diet that lowers or restricts foods that are high in prostaglandin 2 will do the trick. This diet includes soy milk, tea, honey, turmeric, fish, and onions.
Number 4: Hereditary and Lifestyle.
It has been reported that 70% of snorers have a familial link, and hence the conclusion that snoring is hereditary.
Although there is a familial link, new surveys, however, attribute snoring to similar lifestyle shared by families rather than heredity. It means that if your lifestyle differs from your snoring parent – not smoking, not overweight, only drink alcohol moderately – then there is no reason why you should snore.
Number 3: Ear Rattling Decibels.
Jenny Chapman snores every night at a window-rattling 111.6 decibels. The retired bank worker could drown out the sounds of a spinning washing machine, diesel truck, farm tractor, or speeding express train.
Over the years, Jenny Chapman has tried nose bands, pills, visited the doctor countless times and even considered invasive surgery in a bid to cure her snoring. All these were of no avail.
Number 2: Second-Hand Snoring.
Snoring not just affect relationship, it may also take a toll on hearing. In a pilot study of just four snorers in Kingston, Ontario, all the patients had slept next to a snorer for at least 15 years. The study showed that the bed partners had significant noise-induced hearing loss in the one ear that was most exposed to the snoring.
In another study that involved 14,000 Latinos, it was found that sleep apnea was associated with a 31 percent increase in high frequency hearing impairment and a 90 percent increase in low frequency hearing impairment.
Number 1: Premature Death.
A study from the University of Tennessee found that sleep apnea may increase a persons’ risk of dying early. After following 3 million veterans over 9 years, the researchers discovered that those with untreated obstructive sleep apnea were 86 percent more likely to die at a younger age than those without the breathing condition.
Sleep apnea is more common in men aged 40 or over and those who are overweight, but it can affect anyone.