Although you may not be a regular snorer, odds are good that you've snored at least once in your lifetime, or know someone that snores on a regular basis. In fact, did you know that up to 60% of men and 30% of women snore on a routine basis?
Snoring was once considered nothing more than a nuisance-often more so for the uncomfortable spouses or family that need to sleep with or near the person snoring. Even just a couple decades ago, there was no true fix for heavy snoring coupled the family or spouse of the snorer relocating to quitter sleeping quarters, using ear plugs, or forcing the snorer to sleep with a tennis ball affixed to their back. The old tennis ball method did work on some occasions, but was potentially inconvenient and embarrassing for the snorer due to the way the ball was usually affixed to the back: via a backwards bra.
However, modern science knows that snoring can do more harm than causing your bedmate to have a restless night. If you snore, then you also will have restless sleep, although you may not be conscious of it. This leads to exhaustion throughout the day, and if the snoring is not remedied then a vicious cycle ensues. Since sleep is vital to your health, over a long period of time, stress and tension, as well as decreed immune function build up within you. Snoring can also greatly increase your chance of suffering from a heart attack or stroke.
Snoring is caused by several different things. Obstructive sleep apnea (in which your breathing stops periodically for up to 45 seconds at a time over the course of the night), throat weakness, drugs and alcohol (which cause excessive thyroid relaxation), excess fat in or around the throat, obstruction of The nasal passage (which can be caused by polyps, tumors, a deviated septum or objects), sleeping on your back, and a misaligned / misposed jaw (such as that caused by TMJ – temporomandibular joint disorder) are all common causes of snoring. As you can see, rather than being a disorder in itself, snoring is actually a symptom. Because of this, if you snore on a regular basis then it is recommended that you pay a visit to your health care practitioner to rule out any serious causes of the snoring. It may seem like a silly thing to go to the doctor for, but in the long run, your health and your bedmate will thank you.