Our upper airway is equipped with some loose tissue which happen to vibrate when we sleep. These vibrating tissues create a sound that we called snoring. We all know how irritating snoring can be for nearby people. Unfortunately, snorers are simply not aware of the fact that they snore while sleeping. Let us today learn 20 interesting snoring facts and understand how it all works and what it really indicates. You ready?
Interesting Snoring Facts: 1-10
1. Snoring itself is actually benign and harmless but it indicates several other disorders. Snoring is very common but it is something that is not normal.
2. Snoring actually indicates a group of disorders. This group is together termed as ‘sleep disordered breathing’.
3. Snoring can also indicate a serious disease known as OSA or Obstructed Sleep Apnea. OSA is pretty serious. 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. OSA can happen several hundred times in a single night’s sleep.
4. Snoring does not necessarily indicate OSA but it can lead to OSA. During snoring, the tissues that vibrate can swell up. This will in turn block the airway and lead to OSA episodes.
5. There is something called SUS or socially unacceptable snoring. It actually refers to loud snoring which is loud enough to prevent the bed partner or roommate of the snorer from sleeping.
6. SUS is actually one reason for long term relationship failure and marriage failure in many cases.
7. In 2002, a stud was conducted in which it was concluded that snoring may lead to development of Type 2 Diabetes. However, the study did mention that snoring family diabetes history or the body weight of a person.
8. People who snore regularly are at 5 times more increased risk of developing hypertension, stroke and cardiac diseases compared to people who snore occasionally.
9. Though snoring has nothing to do with family’s diabetes history, it is actually hereditary. People can bequeath this amazing and disturbing ability from their parents.
10. People who snore loudly are more likely to be overweight. It is more likely but not necessary.
Interesting Snoring Facts: 11-20
11. Snoring sound is equivalent to the sound created by pneumatic drill. The sound ranges between 50 and 100dB.
12. 3 out of every 10 women snore. For men, the number is 4 out of 10. Both in men and women, snoring increases the chances of heart attack by 34% and that of stroke by 67%.
13. When throat muscles become excessively relaxed, it can lead to snoring. Sedatives, drugs and alcohol are usually the ones that carry the blame. These substances can either lead to the pulling back of tongue in the throat or can lead to lax muscles or both. Whatever the case be, it will lead to snoring.
14. Nasal congestion caused by allergies and cold can also lead to snoring. Such conditions lead to vacuum creation in throat and thereby increases airflow, which in turn leads to snoring.
15. Tumors and/or cysts in throats can lead to snoring.
16. Deviated septum or other structural deformities of nose can also lead to snoring.
17. Snoring can be treated through surgery. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is a surgery procedure that is used for snoring treatment. In this method, tissues are removed from the airway which widens the airway. This is a very invasive surgery and can lead to unwanted side effects like formation of scar tissue and severe sleep apnea.
18. If obstructed nasal passage is causing snoring, it can be cured by using nasal strips. The strips are put on the nasal bridge. It appears as if an adhesive bandage has been placed on the bridge. Nasal strips clear nasal passages and stop snoring.
19. People become more susceptible to snoring as they age. Irrespective of their age, people cannot really hear themselves snoring and there is absolutely no way of finding why so!
20. Slight adjustments of bed can actually prevent snoring. Elevating the bed head by about 10 to 41 centimeters can prevent the tongue from falling back in throat and thus prevent snoring.