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5 things you never knew about SNORING! ZZZzzzz

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IT MAY SIGNAL OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS:
Do you or does your hubby make loud gasping sounds while you sleep? It could be sleep apnea, a disorder in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly at night, which is connected to heart disease, hypertension and diabetes, especially when undiagnosed, says Dr. Romaker. Even without sleep apnea, a snorer could have an elevated stroke risk, according to new research from Henry Ford Hospital. “It’s possible the vibration of tissues is causing stress on the blood vessel wall and neck, narrowing the carotid arteries,” which are on each side of your neck, she explains. When those get clogged, blood flow to the brain can get disrupted. If you snore and experience daytime sleepiness and memory problems, see a doctor.

BEING OVERWEIGHT HAS BEEN TIED TO INCREASED SNORING:
“As you gain weight, the muscles inside your neck get thicker, narrowing the airway,” says B. Gail Demko, DMD, President of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. As the airway closes, the tissues become more likely to vibrate against one another, causing that dreaded sound. The good news: Shedding 10% of your body weight could drastically improve the situation, says Dr. Demko. Even losing just 10 pounds could help.

WHAT YOU CONSUME BEFORE BED CAN EXACERBATE SNORING:
Head home from happy hour at least four hours before you hit the hay. Alcohol relaxes the central nervous system, forcing our bodies to work harder to breathe during sleep. “When all that tissue and muscle around the throat relaxes, there’s a greater chance for airway collapse,” which leads to snoring, says Matthew Mingrone, MD.

YOUR ALLERGIES MAY BE A TRIGGER:
Breathing in allergens, like pollen and pet dander, sets off swelling in your nose and throat tissues. As the tissues come under increased contact, the airway is likely to close, especially at bedtime.

OVER-THE-COUNTER PRODUCTS AREN’T THAT EFFECTIVE:
After testing popular store-bought snoring aids, including an oral spray, nasal strip and head-positioning pillow, this study from Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery found that none significantly reduce snoring’s frequency or volume. That’s because snoring causes differ from person to person. “Often, there are several different areas of the anatomy contributing to what’s going on,” Dr. Mingrone says. It’s fine to start with a snoring aid, but you’ll probably need a pro’s help to get to the root of the problem.

Article provided by msn.com

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