Why do people snore?

Almost everyone snores occasionally.  Although snoring is often treated as a joke, snoring isn’t funny for the 41% of men and 28% of women, and their partners.  The figure rises with age, placing a heavy strain on both health, and relationships, with the resultant tiredness believed to be a key factor in many major accidents.

Snoring usually occurs when the airway at the back of the throat constricts, causing air to be inhaled at an increased speed and pressure.  During sleep, our bottom jaw and tongue falls back to the rear of the throat.  This along with the soft tissue (tonsils, soft plate and uvula) vibrates, which crates the anti-social and debilitating sound of snoring.

The Sleep Disorders Dental Society (SDDS) in Pennsylvania, likens this blockage to us trying to drink through a straw that’s stuck in ice cream, the harder you suck, the flatter the straw becomes.  The airway obstruction won’t clear until the brain’s oxygen level falls low enough to partially wake the sleeper.

Snoring can have a dangerous effect on the brain’s blood supply.  The journal “Stroke” published a recent research paper on a group of snorers treated at the University Hospital in Freiberg, Germany.

Quote:  “The researchers found that during heavy snoring these soft tissues and tongue momentarily block breathing altogether and that there is significant fall in the blood pressure in the brain.  Reduced blood flow in the principle arteries in the brain could, say the researchers, result in a stroke.”

Benefits of not snoring

  • Wake up feeling more rested and energetic
  • Eliminate excessive daytime sleepiness and the irresistible urge to nap
  • Breath more easily and naturally while sleeping via increased air flow
  • Not waking feeling thirsty from a dry mouth and throat
  • Eliminates the choking sensation during sleep
  • Increased virility
  • Increased blood flow and oxygen levels
  • Peaceful nights sleep for partners

Why snoring can be dangerous

Snoring is often a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, which is suffered by an estimated 3 million people in the UK.  OSA is frequently associated with the following conditions:

  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac arrest and other cardiopulmonary problems
  • Unexplained Nocturnal Mortality

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