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रविवार, 15 मई 2011

Snoring


Snoring could be a sign of a disorder hazardous to your health.

Snoring is often depicted as a sign of sound sleep. However, snoring can also be a side effect of a more serious health disorder, such as sleep apnea. You can make healthy lifestyle choices that will help you get rid of your snoring, but consult with a doctor before taking any medication for it.

What is Snoring?-

When you sleep, the muscles in the back throat relax, resulting in a narrower airway. In some people, the airway becomes so narrow that the air causes the muscles vibrate, which causes the snoring sound. In a person who does not snore, the muscles in the back of the throat do not relax and allow oxygen from both breathing orifices. If your airways become completely obstructed for short amounts of time while sleeping, you may have sleep apnea.

Effects of Snoring-

Snoring can be a sign of several health issues. Snoring has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Snoring also reduces the quality of sleep for those sleeping in the same bed as a snorer, and it even has been linked to deafness in sleeping partners. Snoring can also be a sign of sleep apnea, which is a potentially fatal condition.

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Disorders-

You have sleep apnea if you frequently stop breathing for 10 seconds or more during sleep. This can be diagnosed by a sleeping partner monitoring your sleep, or by recording yourself when you sleep. Those with sleep apnea might experience interrupted rapid eye movement sleep and increased difficulty in getting slow-wave sleep, which can cause fatigue throughout the day. Sleep apnea also results in weight gain, severe cardiovascular problems and a highly increased risk of stroke.

Avoiding Snoring and Sleep Apnea-

You can make changes to your lifestyle that will help prevent snoring and sleep apnea. Those who are overweight are more likely to have airways that are obstructed than are those who are not overweight. Losing weight helps reduce snoring, and so does not smoking. Try to avoid large meals and alcohol right before going to bed. Sleeping on your side will help keep the airway from becoming obstructed

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