Snoring is rather a general problem that can happen to anyone, whether young or old, child or student, men or women. Any person can snore. According to an investigation it is estimated that 45% of men and 30% of women snore on a habitual basis. Snoring unlike all other noise is caused by the restricted flow of air in the nose or mouth during sleep. The snoring noise is created by the blustering movement of air through the confining air passages in the nose and throat.

In many cases the noise of snoring can be mild, but in other cases, it may be of high magnitude and disgusting. Snoring is also known by its slang name “Sawing logs”. The medical term for snoring is “Stertor”. Snoring is an indicator of a severe sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Normally a person with sleep apnea will actually pause for a short while during breathing, around 30 to 300 times in night. With the passage of time snoring tends to deteriorate. Snoring might advance with person’s age. Frequent snoring is an inconvenience for the bed partner of the person who snores.

Generally, people who do not snore habitually snore will start snoring after a viral illness, drinking alcohol, taking medicines etc. People with the problem of snoring may feel exhausted all the day long. They might also wake up with severe headaches. Kids suffering from sleep apnea may be complaining of difficulty in concentrating, especially in school and at doing homework. Adults may feel drowsy and might find it hard to stay awake while driving or at work. The logic or reasons behind the habit of snoring may be various. These comprise of seasonal allergies, blocked nasal passages due to cold or sinus infection, enlarged or swollen tonsils, drinking alcohol, overweight, history of smoking etc.

Habitual snorers can be at danger of alarming health related problems.

The snorer may awake up occasionally at night, without being realized.

The level of oxygen in the blood gets subside, which will result in the pressurizing the heart to pump harder and faster and resulting in the blood pressure to rise.

Continued suffering from hinder sleep apnea will get in the way of higher risks of heart attack and stroke, enlargement of heart.

Consistent snoring is related to hypertension.

There is no insufficiency of ‘cures’ for snoring. There are round about 300 anti–snoring devices which have been invented. A sleep study in a laboratory may help in the determination of how intense is the problem of snoring and the resultant effect of it on snorers health. In most of the cases, self help is effective. For example

Overweight person need to lose weight

Refrain from the intake of alcohol, sleeping pills, tranquilizers during bed time

Let your partner sleep first

Sleep with your mouth closed to avoid snoring

Apart from self help there are many medical treatments like nasal strips, surgery, anti snore sprays, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Thus there is a way out of everything.


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Lucas Beaumont
Generalist. Wikipedia contributor. Elementary school teacher from Saskatchewan, Canada.

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