Some Facts About Snoring
- Snoring affects most people to some degree.
- Both men and women snore more frequently as they age.
- Due to the excess of fat tissue in the oral cavity and throat, people who are overweight or obese snore more than those who are not.
- Snoring can increase in a woman during pregnancy.
- About 40% of adult men and about 24% of adult women experience habitual snoring.
- It is estimated that 10% to 12% of children snore.
- Snoring has been correlated to familial snoring history, with people more likely to snore if others in their families also snore.
- Tobacco products, muscle relaxers, alcohol, and other drugs exacerbate the chances of increased snoring across both genders.
Distinction Between Snoring And Obstructive Sleep Apnea
It is estimated that about 50% of those who snore loudly are experiencing a form of sleep apnea. However, it is not diagnosed as most people believe what they experience to be common snoring and do not seek medical advice on the matter.
Interestingly, the causes for both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are similar. The difference is that snoring happens due to a partial airflow obstruction by tissue in the upper airway, while sleep apnea is when the entire airway is obstructed. With no air getting through, the sleeper is forced to pause breathing, which, in turn, prevents oxygen from reaching vital organs such as one’s heart and brain. With the drop in the blood-oxygen levels, a jolt of adrenaline triggers the body into being awake, though the sleeper is often unaware of being awake due to how quickly it occurs.
This happens multiple times during the sleep cycle, resulting in snorting sounds, as well as gasping or choking. Due to sleep interruption, people who experience obstructive sleep apnea also feel drained and devoid of energy throughout the day, affecting their mood, irritability levels, and concentration. Long term effects of poor or inadequate sleep include increases risk of heart attacks, stroke, and depression and more difficulty controlling diabeties.
Additional information on snoring
- Snoring is the most sensitive and strongest predictor of sleep apnea for both men and women
- Snoring causes anatomical changes which make the muscles of the throat more susceptible to fatigue, which leads to soft tissue collapse, exacerbating snoring
- Snoring volume Can be up to 80;90 db,
- normal talking – 60db,
- vacuum cleaner – 70db
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