What is Snoring

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Sleep is a precious thing, and without it, people can lose significant years of their life and can become irritable and suffer from a lower quality of life. People may also experience daytime fatigue or exhaustion for decades without realizing that there is a problem with their sleeping habits. Mild to severe snoring affects nearly 100 million people in the United States alone. So what is snoring and what implications does it have on one’s health? Let’s find out.

What is Snoring?

Snoring is the word used to describe both the act and the sound of your respiratory structures vibrating due to a lack of air flow. It ranges from mild, soft, almost imperceptible snoring to too loud, disruptive, and almost obnoxious volumes. According to a report published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the most common condition that snoring points to is obstructive sleep apnea, which is characterized by an obstruction of airflow that blocks the flow of oxygen and blood to essential organs for anywhere from 20-40 seconds. This can be a very dangerous and exhausting condition for your body to handle every night, even though you can be relatively unaware of it and only suffer the consequences when you are awake.

In the case of sleep apnea, the relaxed respiratory muscles near the back of the throat start to compress and block the flow of air to the nasal passages and mouth, so the air forces its way through and subsequently makes the noise of snoring. People with obstructed sleep apnea have a significantly higher rate of various heart diseases.

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Causes of Snoring

For the affected individual, snoring is not only a symptom but also a cause of other conditions. Obstructed sleep apnea isn’t the only underlying or resultant condition that is linked to snoring. Some of the other causes of are:

Drinking excessively or taking drugs, which relax the throat muscles.

Sleeping on your back, as your tongue can fall to the back of your throat and obstruct air flow.

Obstruction of the sinuses and nasal passageway.

Excess fat accumulated in or around the throat.

A weak throat that can’t support the muscles in the throat while you sleep.

A misplaced jaw, which can be caused by excess or chronic tension of neck muscles.

Airway or respiratory tissues rubbing together in the throat.

Snoring can cause a lot of problems in one’s life and they all may not necessarily be related to one’s health. The partner of the affected snorer may also have to deal with the mild to intolerable noise of snoring, and it can often lead to sexual dysfunction, separate sleeping arrangements, mood, and sleep disorders. In most cases, it also has ramifications on one’s personal life, such as divorce, and depression. Knowing both the causes and the home remedies of this health condition is a very valuable piece of knowledge as they help in treating the health condition. For severe cases, be sure to consult a doctor to make sure that there are no serious, underlying causes of your snoring.

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An alumnus of St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Ishani is a journalist-turned-content writer, with an avid interest in politics, history, fashion, food, health, arts, and culture. She is a food fanatic, who loves to try out interesting and healthy recipes in her free time. When she isn’t writing or cooking, you’ll find her Instagramming (more often than she’d like), wasting time on an assortment of things such as shopping, netflixing, and chasing her up-to-no-good pet cat throughout the house.

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