Do you snore or does your spouse or partner snore. Cool down. Nothing dey happen.
Truth is that you are in good company. Sleeping with someone who snores can be annoying but just relax… No bi only you waka come! see the statistics.
60% of men and 40% of women over the age of 40 snore routinely.
Pregnant women in the latter stages of pregnancy often snore. It is also very common in children between the age of 2 to 7 especially when they are going through a chest infection or have enlarged adenoids or tonsils.
Snoring is caused by turbulence in air flow through the airway, causing the uvula and soft palate to vibrate. It is a treatable condition and as earlier stated more common in males than females. Factors that increase the risk of snoring include lying face up, enlarged tonsils, long soft palate or uvula, obesity or being overweight, nasal congestion , significant consumption of alcohol and smoking.
Excessive weight gain is a significant cause of snoring because when you gain weight in the rest of your body, you gain it around your neck too. Thicker neck tissue will decrease the throat’s internal diameter. As a result, it becomes more likely that your throat muscles will collapse while you sleep, partially obstruct your airway, and cause you to snore.
Alcohol depresses the central nervous system, which causes the muscles in the body to relax. This includes the throat muscles. Relaxed throat muscles can obstruct the airway and result in snoring.
Alcohol can also cause relaxation of the tongue so that it can fall back and partially block the airway.
Smoking could also increase the risk of snoring. Cigarette smoke irritates the lining of both the nose and throat, causing them to become swollen and inflamed. This can result in both nasal congestion and a narrowed airway, both of which can cause or contribute to snoring.
Snoring has both social and health related consequences. Like play like play, in some countries it is a significant cause of divorce. It is even a higher cause than infidelity and challenges in family finances. Snoring is deeply distressing for sleep partners resulting in sleep deprivation which has a negative impact on well-being and quality of life.
Those who snore often experience tiredness, morning headaches, dry mouth, difficulty keeping and maintaining relationships and lower blood oxygen concentration.
Providing remedy or treatment for snoring is a multimillion naira business and many people are making a kill. The offers range from herbal remedies to over the counter pharmaceutical products. But do they really help? There is limited evidence at present to support pharmacological treatment as a therapeutic option for the treatment of snoring. Most drugs have not shown effective and sustained good results.
Mild or occasional snoring may be alleviated by lifestyle changes such as weight loss and avoiding alcohol, heavy meals and smoking a few hours before going to bed. Chinstraps, pillows and nasal strips may help a few individuals . The chin strap is a device that you sling over your face and around your chin. It keeps your mouth shut when you’re sleeping, that encourages you to breathe through your nose and reduces the chances of snoring .
So bros, if you snore…do something before ‘something does you’. Seek and you shall find help. There is no shame in seeking help.