Anyone who has tried to sleep in the same room while someone else is snoring loudly knows how irritating and frustrating that can be. At the same time, you won’t be able to help becoming worried about what all that snoring really means and you will often wonder if there is a connection between loud snoring and sleeping problems.
Some Facts about Snoring
Snoring is quite a common phenomenon; it is something that can happen to anyone, including children. However, it is more frequently attributed to men and to adults who are overweight. If a person begins to snore at an early age, there is little chance that he or she will outgrow it. It has been observed that instead of abating, snoring actually worsens with age.
Occasional snoring should not really be considered a problem and should instead be looked at merely as an inconvenience especially for people sharing a room or a bed with a snorer. However, when this is habitual, it is definitely time to think about the relationship between loud snoring and sleeping problems. This can disturb the sleep patterns not only of people around the snorer. Even the snorer begins to lose the kind of sleep quality that a person needs for proper rest.
Why Some People Snore
Snoring usually happens when there is something physically preventing the proper flow of air from the nose and mouth. This could come from the partial obstruction of the nasal airways due to allergies or a sinus infection. This is why some people only snore during certain times of the year – when there are many allergens in the atmosphere.
Some people snore because of deformities in the nose. The most common among these deformities would be a deviated septum, which means there is an abnormality in the wall that separates one nostril from the other. Nasal polyps can also lead to snoring.
There are also cases when the muscle tone in the tongue and the throat are poor; this too leads to snoring. When some people fall asleep, their throat and tongue muscles relax and fall back into the airway so that the person snores. This kind of condition worsens through the years since a person’s muscles grow progressively weaker with aging.
For some people, the immediate cause of snoring is the presence of bulky tissue in the throat and the nasal passages. This tissue could consist of large tonsils or adenoids. In the same way, being overweight can cause tissue around the throat to increase in thickness; this, too, would lead to snoring.
An elongated uvula (the tissue dangling in the back of a person’s mouth), coupled with a long soft palate can also result in snoring. When a person falls asleep, these structures vibrate against each other and form an obstruction, which results in snoring.
Habitual Snoring and Sleeping Problems
Loud snoring and sleeping problems can lead to serious health risks. Their own snoring often awakens people who snore habitually and loudly although they may have no memory of this the next day. Some people, conscious of their loud snoring, sleep very lightly in order to prevent their throat muscles from going slack. This means they are not getting the kind of sleep that would allow their body to be restored.
People who do not sleep well are often drowsy and lethargic during the day. A more serious consideration is that people who snore and have sleep apnea are at a higher risk of suffering from higher blood pressure, enlargement of the heart and stroke.
If your roommate or you snore loudly, don’t take this problem lightly. Consult a doctor and get the proper advice regarding what you need to do. It may be that some medication or procedure will be recommended or the snorer could be asked to lose weight. Again, it could be of no consequence and the doctor’s advice could be nothing more than telling the non-snorer to make sure you go to sleep ahead.