By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
Snoring can cause significant sleep loss – whether you are the snorer, or you share a bed with one. Poor sleep quality can really affect your health. Snoring is usually caused by health problems, and then the compromised sleep will cause even more health problems.
Snoring is noisy breathing through the mouth or nose due to the vibration of soft tissues in a narrowed throat. The air moves more forcefully and this can create some awfully loud noises. Snoring is a lot more common among men than women, with around a quarter of males prone to snoring. Snoring can sometimes be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnoea, and this should always be ruled out. Sleep apnoea is a major risk factor for stroke and heart attacks, as well as dementia.
What causes snoring?
A number of factors raise the risk. You are more likely to snore when you have a cold, sinusitis, hay fever or other cause of a blocked nose. Sleeping on your back also heightens the risk. The typical, regular snorer is male, aged between 30 and 65 years, overweight; might have high blood pressure, and typically drinks alcohol in the evening. Snoring can wake the snorer repeatedly in the night, so they end up very sleep deprived, and suffer the ill effects of this. Here are 4 ways to reduce or eliminate snoring.