May 11th, 2015
Snoring is the sound that is produced when the breathing is partially obstructed while a person is asleep. There are several ways by which the airflow can be obstructed. They include:
Although both men and women may have this problem, it is the men who suffer from this condition more. The reason for this discrepancy is not known. In most of the people, snoring is nothing more than an irritant for their partners. However, in certain people, it may be severe enough to cause a condition known as sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is similar to snoring except for the fact that the sleep is interrupted by periods of air shortness. It happens because the physical obstructions in the airway are big enough to temporarily disrupt the flow of air into the lungs. A person suffering from sleep apnea is awakened from deep slumber because of shortness of breath. There may be as many as five such episodes every night.
According to Dr. Karl Doghramji, sleep medicine expert at the Sleep Center at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals, Philadelphia, people suffering from severe sleep apnea have a 40% higher risk of dying earlier compared to other people. This is because they are more likely to suffer from several health conditions. There are several health risks associated with heavy snoring. They include:
“‘Wake Up’ To Health Risks Of Heavy Snoring”, by University of Michigan health System. Published on Feb 15, 2009 in Science Daily, accessed on Apr 25, 2015. Retrieved from: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090203140837.htm
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