Someone who snores may commonly become the butt of jokes. But jokes aside, snoring is no laughing matter. Nearly 90 million Americans snore, most of them men, and very almost always
snoring affects those over the age of 60.
A recent survey found that snoring is the cause of one in seven domestic disputes, and 95 percent of those questioned say they are woken by their partners heavy snoring at least once a week, with 39 percent being woken up every night! Another poll revealed that 80 percent of couples end up sleeping in different rooms, all because one partner might
no longer tolerate sleeping next to someone that sounds like a landing strip. Besides the social ramifications of snoring, it may also have serious health effects.
Snoring consists of noisy breathing through the mouth or nose during sleep. If you are a quiet sleeper, air passes from your nose and throat to your lungs silently and unhindered. However, for millions of others, something disrupts the flow of air. Maybe its a blocked nose; perhaps the base of the tongue is restricting breathing. More almost always
, its the soft tissue in your upper palate or throat that gets in the way and starts vibrating.
The reasons for snoring are many. They include poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat, sometimes due to alcohol or drugs; weight acquire -- more
weight around the neck might
lead to snoring; colds -- having a stuffy noses means youre likely to snore; and some kind of obstruction, such as a polyp, cyst or even enlarged tonsils.
How can one stop snoring? There is no universal answer, but there are hundreds of potential solutions that may help you. There are numerous fixes for snoring, from folk traditions to home remedies and over-the-counter medications, to what might be called a face-lift for your throat. Most methods attempt to open the compressed airway, either by tightening the collapsing tissue or preventing the obstruction.