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Snoring: The Noisy Killer

Updated on April 20, 2018
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Snoring - Major Problem

Snoring is a problem for approximately 30% of the population, and that percentage rises to 40% for middle aged people, however, even 5.6% of children snore. Twice as many men snore than women; however, after menopause that gap narrows. Typically short women who are overweight and have sinus problems are more apt to snore as compared to men. Sleep apnea is the greatest concern for a person who snores and may occur in as many as 20-40% of the adult snorers.

The problem is many people stop breathing during the night for several seconds or more, but they do not know it. They are exhausted the next day and don't realize why.

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Snoring Symptoms

Some symptoms snorers have during the day are headaches, fatigue, irritability or moodiness, as they are not getting enough sleep at night. If you are snoring you are typically not dreaming, which can cause the irritability you feel the next day. There is some controversy about this in the medical community, however, you are paralyzed during your many short dreams throughout the night in most cases.

Dreaming is said to help our mental health. Snoring is often a symptom of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when your tongue, throat and jaw relax, which results in a blocked airway and your breathing stops.

Two Types of Sleep Apnea

There are actually two types of sleep apnea:

  1. The first is Obstructive Sleep Apnea which is the most common and results from the relaxation of the throat muscles.
  2. The second type is Central Sleep Apnea occurring when your brain is not sending the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. This second type is only responsible for about 5% of the people with sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious condition and can cause the following problems:

  • Half of the people with sleep apnea have essential hypertension
  • Sleep apnea patients are 6 times more likely to be involved in a car accident
  • Heart disease, plaque build up and heart attacks (3% chance)
  • Increased chance of a stroke (3%)
  • Depression
  • Diabetes

The National Traffic Safety Administration states drowsy driving causes 100,000 crashes annually with 1,550 fatalities annually.

Exhaustion

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Spousal Arousal Syndrome,

Snoring is also a problem for your spouse or sleep partner, particularly if sleep apnea is part of the problem. The spouse may be awakened as much as 21 times an hour, and they typically lose one hour of sleep a night.

This is called the “Spousal Arousal Syndrome,” which can cause daytime exhaustion, poor performance at work, trouble paying attention and irritability. Recent surveys indicate that 80% of these couples, where one snores, sleep in separate bedrooms. Snoring can also negatively affect your sex life.

Stop Snoring

Some causes of snoring are alcohol consumption, being overweight, sleeping on your back, and taking some medications, like antihistamines and sleeping pills. Reaching middle age causes your throat to become narrower with decreased muscle tone.

Men have narrower air passages than women, thus they are more likely to snore. Certainly nasal or sinus problems can cause men or women to snore. Being overweight is a cause of snoring as fatty tissue and poor muscle tone contribute to snoring.

As snoring is a curable problem, try various remedies to eliminate the snoring until you find the one that works. Talk to your partner, as this is not something the snorer is doing intentionally, so do not take it personally.

Tips for the snorer to try:

  • Lose weight, as even a small weight loss may decrease the snoring.
  • Clear your nasal passages by a Neti pot, nasal decongestants or nasal strips to ease you breathing.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Establish a regular sleeping pattern and stick to the plan.
  • Keep the air in your bedroom moist with a humidifier, as dry air irritates the throat.
  • Elevate your head 4” as this may ease your breathing.
  • Surgery for snoring is considered a last resort and is only tried if everything else fails. The most common surgery reduces the amount of tissue of the soft palate and/or removing the tonsils.

Try the tennis ball trick. Put a tennis ball in a sock and pin it to the back of your pajamas so if they only snore on their back, this will keep them on their side.

Sleep Apnea & Snoring: A Remedy in a T-Shirt

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Introduction To The Sleep Lab: Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

Sleep Apnea Treatment

As for sleep apnea treatment, milder cases warrant life style changes, such as losing weight, and quitting smoking. For more serious apnea, CPAP masks are used, which requires using a mask connected to a machine that delivers air pressure.

Some people do find this method cumbersome, but it is very effective. There are also different adjustable devices, which sense your airway pressure and automatically adjust the pressure. There are also oral appliances that keep your airway open. Dentists have a number of airway devices available.

In Conclusion

As snoring is such a wide spread problem, yet curable, it is certainly worth trying various solutions until you find one that works.

As the person who is sleeping with the person that snores, listen for pauses in their breathing or choking sounds as they may have sleep apnea and need evaluation. I hope you have found this information useful if you are experiencing this problem. I hope you all sleep well tonight!

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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Thanks for the information.

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    ChrisMF 

    4 years ago

    Here is a great link that has an alternative to the machine to help with snoring! chris.findagooddeal.info/

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    RedElf, I have heard that a lot of people hate the machine but they seem to adjust over time because they feel so much better. I hope your friend has a good outcome with the situation. Thank you so much for your comments.

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    RedElf 

    7 years ago from Canada

    A dear friend has just been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. She hated using the CPAP machine during her two week evaluation period, but she was coughing less and much more like her old cheerful self. She is now awaiting the results, and we have all noticed how tired she is again, and how much she is coughing. Hopefully she will be back on the "hated machine" soon. It really made such a difference.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Bhanu.Jas, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    Bhawana Salaria 

    7 years ago from Australia

    Pamela,

    Very informative and great topic.It is very useful hub.I really like.

    Bhawana

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hello, Thanks for the comments.

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    Hello, hello, 

    7 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you, Pamela, for the good news. Take care.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Ethel, I appreciate your comments.

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    Ethel Smith 

    7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

    Great Hub with a wealth of info. I had not thought about the effect snoring has on dreaming and the knock on effect this has

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    drpastorcarlotta, I hope this hub with help your day. Thanks for your comment.

    Hello, Thank your for your comments on my hub. My hands are almost completely healed. Thank you so much for asking.

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    Hello, hello, 

    7 years ago from London, UK

    A very comprehensive and detailed hub. Thank you Pamela. How are getting on with your hands? I truly hope they are better.

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    Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

    7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

    GREAT HUB!!!! My dad had a problem with falling asleep! His nickname was sleepy. Very informational Hub as always Pamela99, Voted-Up! and Useful!!!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    kafsoa, I guess you are right about that. Thanks for your comments.

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    kafsoa 

    7 years ago

    Thanks Pam for this nice hub. I've really enjoyed reading. There is one benefit for snoring. It make you sure that someone is still alive:) Voted up and awesome:)

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Matie, Unforgettable symphonies gave me quite a laugh. Thank you so much for all your kind words; I so appreciate your comments. I hadn't seen you recently and I'm so glad you stopped by my hub.

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    Martie Coetser 

    7 years ago from South Africa

    Pamela, I am all over again impressed with your style of writing. Your topics are always relevant and you present the most relevant information short, sweet and thoroughly. It is a pleasure to read your articles. Thanks for the list of solutions. Unfortunately I got it too late, or perhaps fortunately, because David and I snored beautiful, unforgettable symphonies :)))

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    marcoujor, I understand the problem that sometimes happens with husbands. Mine was forgetting to use his spray frequently in the beginning but then I started sleeping in a different room and soon he missed me. He is careful not to forget now. I should get earplugs as it takes very little noise to awaken me. Thanks for your comments.

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    Maria Jordan 

    7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Pamela99,

    I love the information as you have presented it and hope that my hubby will follow up after reading, when I share this with him. Sometimes when a "wife/ nurse" suggests something, it does not have the same impact...!!

    In the meantime, your suggestions like the earplugs (which I swear by) are also wonderful! This is very well written. Voted UP & USEFUL. Thank you.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    prasetio, I hope this article helps your father. Thank you so much for your comments. I hope you have a nice weekend also. Love and peace.

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    prasetio30 

    7 years ago from malang-indonesia

    My father is snorer. I'll show this information to him. Thanks, Pam. I love this hub. Rated up as usual. Have a nice weekend!

    Love and peace,

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    R Talloni, I hope this hub will be helpful to your friend and I appreciate your comments.

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    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks for sharing this important info Pamela. The stress of trying to deal with the problems associated from snoring without professional help must be difficult. I'll be sharing this with a friend. Voted useful.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    snoring, Thank you for your comment.

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    snoring 

    7 years ago

    Wow, interesting fact and tips. Thank you!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Audry, Thanks so much for your comments.

    JY, That certainly make for a safer life. :-) I appreciate your comments.

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    John Young 

    7 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

    Very good Pam. I suffered with this for most of my life until I started with the mask. Now I don't fall asleep at the wheel while driving.

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    7 years ago from Washington

    Great info on a super important subject, especially where heart disease is concerned! We have a friend who didn't think it 'mattered' if he snored - until he went to his CV surgeon! More people should 'wake up' on this subject...ha ha

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    anginwu, Thanks so much for your comments.

    always exploring, Hopefully she will lose weight and also use some spray or other method to reduce her snoring in the meantime. I appreciate your comments.

    dearabbysmom, It's great he got the CPAP mask. Thank you for your comments.

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    dearabbysmom 

    7 years ago from Indiana

    My father-in-law used to stop breathing several times a night in between loud bouts of snoring. Every time we stayed with them it couldn't help but wake us up and keep us worried. A CPAP machine made all the difference for him.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    7 years ago from Southern Illinois

    Another great article Pam. I have a friend who snores, she is overweight. Perhaps she will read this and start that dreaded diet. Thank you.

    Cheers

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    anglnwu 

    7 years ago

    Nicely done again, Pam. The CPAP machine is very useful from what I've heard. Thanks for the very detailed and useful information.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Movie Master, Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Movie Master 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Pamela, really informative hub, I didn't realise you don't dream when you snore, my husband snores, that has definitely improved since he stopped smoking, many thanks and voted up!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    IzzyM, I'm glad this hub may have answered the question for you. It would be a good idea to talk to your doctor and get tested as treatment will change your life. Thanks so much for sharing your comments.

    Eiddwen, I hop you are right. Thanks for your comments.

    Myi4u, It sounds like you know why you snore and as for the dreaming I looked at some of my references on a hub I wrote about dreaming and there are mixed reviews as to whether you can snore and sleep. I will update my hub accordingly. Thank you for sharing your comments.

    drbj, Why would I ever expect an answer from you that was not wonderfully clever and funny. I love you comments and thank you so much.

    Nell, I hope the article helps her. I know I can't sleep with my husband if he doesn't spray or I am exhausted in the morning but the spray works great for him. We've found the generic brands not as helpful as the one listed above and it is available in any drugstore.

    Steph, I hope you are receiving treatment. Thank you so much for your comments.

    Cardisa, Sinus problems are certainly a cause for many people. If the sleep apnea gets worse though and you are exhausted all the time you might consider using some help to ease the snoring if not a doctor. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    Carolee Samuda 

    7 years ago from Jamaica

    Hi Pamela, I snore and suffer sleep apnea because of sever sinus problem. I procrastinate in getting it sorted out because I have a wonderful partner who it does not bother. Thanks for reminding me to get it sorted out before it causes another problem.

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    Steph Harris 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

    Wonderfully interesting hub Pamela, both me and my husband snore,LOL, but it is me that suffers with the sleep apnea. Thank you for this hub, I now know a lot more about it.

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    Nell Rose 

    7 years ago from England

    Hi, Pamela, great information, my son has just moved in with his girlfriend and he is having to sleep on the couch sometimes because of her snoring! I will send her this! lol thanks nell

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    drbj and sherry 

    7 years ago from south Florida

    You covered this subject thoroughly, Pamela, Now I know just about everything there is to know about sleep apnea thanks to you. One question though - I always thought Spousal Arousal Syndrome pertained to something entirely different - at the OTHER END of the spectrum, so to speak! I stand, er ... sit corrected.

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    myi4u 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Great information! Sad to say, I am a snorer. I have been looking for a suitable pillow for ages now but still haven't found one. I refrain from using nasal congestant because I am afraid of being to dependent on the product. I like to cure my snoring problem using natural ways.

    I am a bit puzzled. You were saying that when snoring, there are no dreams. I could remember quite clearly there were times where I was dreaming only to be woken up by my wife for snoring.

    I am not a smoker, and I am not overweight. I would say my late night sleep and sinus have contributed to my snoring. Also, I like to eat before sleep!

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    Eiddwen 

    7 years ago from Wales

    A great hub Pamela and I am sure many could benefit from reading this one.

    I vote up/useful all the way.

    Here's to many more hubs to share.

    Take care

    Eiddwen.

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    IzzyM 

    7 years ago from UK

    I snore and seem to fit the bill outlined above. That will explain why I am always tired - and here was me thinking it was all to do with getting older! Voted up and useful!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Bail Up, Ear plugs are a great idea. My oldest son uses the snore strips and that work very well for him also. Thanks for your comments.

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    Bail Up ! 

    7 years ago

    My husband has snored for years. I resorted to ear plugs a few years back which block the snoring and other noises pretty well. Recently my husband discovered the breathe right strips and they work like magic, we now both sleep soundly. I still use ear plugs as I'm accustomed to them but eventually I'll probably ditch them. Useful hub, rated up.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    carolapple. I'm glad the strips worked so well for him. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    carolapple 

    7 years ago from Suffolk Virginia

    Great hub. My husband snores but I sleep deeply so I rarely hear him. Since he started using the nose strips he says he feels less drowsy during the day and more rested.Simple solution with dramatic positive results.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Patriot, I love you last comment! I think her scream was most appropriate and of course your cat like reflexes came in handy. You might consider getting checked out on that sleep apnea. Thanks for your comments.

    Tom, Glad to see you back. I think sleep apnea would be more common on a big guy like Shaquille O'Neil. Thanks for the comments.

    Happyboomernurse, Maybe it was fortunate that it was discovered while he was in the hospital but I'm glad he has the mask now. Thanks for sharing those comments.

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    Gail Sobotkin 

    7 years ago from South Carolina

    Excellent, informative hub on the topic of sleep apnea and also snoring, with many suggestions to help someone stop snoring and/or get diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea.

    My husband was diagnosed with sleep apnea the last time he was in the hospital for cardiac surgery. He now uses a CPAP machine and it definitely helps.

    Thanks for sharing this important information. I'm rating this hub up, useful and awesome.

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    Tom Whitworth 

    7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

    Good information Pamela. I saw a piece recently with Shaquille O'Neil where he was diagnosed with apnea and prescribed a device to wear while sleeping.

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    Partisan Patriot 

    7 years ago

    Pamela

    Great informative hub, rated up and useful; I think I have Sleep Apenea as I almost killed my wife and I last summer while driving my Porsche convertible at 2:30pm on the highway last summer; I fell asleep at the wheel and if she hadn't screamed out, well that coupled with my cat like reflexes, allowed me to pull the car over just before hitting a bridge abutement.

    Now she no longer sleeps while I'm driving; that makes for some long trips!

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