The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Understand Snoring Better

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Snoring is understood to be any kind of resonant sound that emanates from breathing while sleeping.

The crux of snoring is where the mouth and nasal passages meet. This is the point where breathing during sleep causes vibration; otherwise known as snoring.

The crux of snoring is where the mouth and nasal passages meet. This is the point where breathing during sleep causes vibration; otherwise known as snoring.

This vibration is due to constricted breathing passages.  As tight breathing passages are responsible for snoring, it should also be understood that the more pinched these passages are, the louder and more disruptive the snoring will be.

The reason snoring only occurs while slumbering is because the body is in a prone position in a relaxed state.  The airway consists of tissues that operate in a similar method to muscles.

When a person sleeps, these tissues become somewhat flaccid. So, when lying down this tissue literally blocks the breathing passage causing the sleeper to breathe with difficulty, resulting in more forceful breathing which then equates to snoring.

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Factors on How Loud a Person Snores

Every person is unique in their composition and physical make up.  This affects why some people snore at a very loud volume.  Included as part of snoring the tone and pitch.

Basically, we all have the same parts yet we all have our own uniquely identifiable voice, this is true for snoring as well.

How loud an individual may snore depends on the various factors involved in the process.  Because there is basically a flap of tissue closing off the airway we need to breathe.

Breathing becomes more labored and aggressive to supply our lungs, body and brain with oxygen. Snoring is an audible sign that the body is fighting for air.  This is an issue that can affect just about anyone, even babies.

The smaller the passages involved with breathing are during sleep, the more forceful the body will become in an effort to get the air it needs.

Thus, the tissue blocking the airway will vibrate in proportion to the force needed to get the vital oxygen our body is being deprived of.  This is how a snoring becomes so loud.

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Men Snore the Most

Generally speaking, men do most of the snoring that goes on in the world.  This has to do again, with the physical composition of the male body. In this case, the neck, which is typically thicker.

Because the male neck is more often fleshier in nature, there is more tissue substance found within.

Obviously, the more tissue there is in the neck and surrounding the breathing passages, the greater the likelihood of bombastic snoring.

Women have a natural defense to snoring in the form of Progesterone.  Granted, there are women who snore just a loud and violently as men, and even more so in some cases, but it is simply not as common as it is with males.  Progesterone is used as a form of therapy for men who suffer from snoring.

Causes and Amplifiers of Snoring

As we have already discussed, snoring is a symptom of something else.  This symptom manifests in the form of a sound that comes from the inability to breathe easily during sleep.

So what causes this trouble?  The tissues involved with breathing are not the sole culprit for this bothersome problem.

These factors are not gender specific. These are issues that affect men and women, although there are roughly twice as many male snorers as there are females who snore.

Snoring factors have to do with our health and our lifestyle.

These factors come in many combinations and include the following:

  • Allergies commonly affect breathing
  • Allergy medicines dehydrate the normally moist sinus passages
  • Illness such as a cold or influenza also causes labored breathing
  • Tissue scarring from surgery on the nasal passage
  • General thickness of tissues found within the sinuses
  • Nasal spray abuse agitates the sinuses and airway
  • Snorting controlled substances
  • Oversized tonsils and/or adenoids
  • Goiter, a swollen thyroid gland
  • Oversized tongue
  • Obesity results in thickness of the neck and soft tissues
  • Oversized stomach
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Aging

Some of these issues affect men more than women, like excessive girth of the stomach region.  This is believed to part of the reason men in general experience more issue with snoring than women.

Also, controlled substances; prescribed, available over the counter, or illegal are associated with side effects that lead to snoring such as drying the sinuses and relaxing the tissues at the back of the throat and air passages.

We have looked over that snoring is and broken down the physical process.  We have also gone over the many issues that can affect and cause snoring, so we must now look deeper into the issue to discover the truly deleterious effect snoring can have on a person’s wellbeing.

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What Is So Bad About Snoring?

The whole concept of snoring is somewhat subversive; this is where the largest danger with snoring lies, how innocuous it is perceived by the majority of people.  Snoring as a word seems harmless enough, and this is a problem.

The connotation of the word does not convey the true meaning of the action. When a person snores, their body is in a state where it is being deprived of oxygen and must breathe much harder to force open the airway.  Simply put snoring is a cry for help in the dark that says “I am not breathing!”

Because of this common perception of snoring, people become incredulous at the idea that snoring is a serious problem gives rise to health risks and emotional issues.

Most people are ignorant to the fact that snoring, although this is common but it is not normal, healthy or acceptable.

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The Physical Aspects of Snoring

What needs to happen for people to understand what snoring truly represents is a change of perception; a dynamic shift of what snoring means.

The gravity of the dangers of snoring cannot be stressed enough.

What follows is an abridged list of physical health issues that are related to snoring.
  • Sleep apnea
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Headaches
  • Night sweats
  • Heartburn
  • Swollen limbs
  • Weakened immune system
  • Loss of hearing

Remember, this is only an abridged list. There are many more physical issues that are part of snoring.

These issues are not exclusive to adults, and neither is snoring.  Snoring encompasses all ages and genders making anyone susceptible to the many dangerous effects snoring can have.  Let’s take a closer look at one of the more serious issues related to snoring.

Sleep Apnea in Depth

Sleep Apnea is a silent killer that strikes in the dark when a person is at their most vulnerable; when a person is asleep.

This alone should be enough to make anyone who snores, or even cares about a person who snores to seek out some resolution.

Find some way to provide relief when sleeping so as not to stop breathing altogether.  The term apnea is taken from the ancient Greek use of the word meaning: absence of breathing.  Sleep Apnea is merely a precursor to asphyxiation.

The correlation between snoring and Sleep Apnea is direct:  really snoring is just another word for Sleep Apnea.  If snoring is caused by tissue blocking the air passage; this is an absence of breath.

The sound associated with snoring if the vibration of the obstructive tissue is being vibrated by the body sensing this blockage and breathing with a sense of urgency.

Sleep Apnea is when breathing stops; snoring is when the body forces itself to breath hard enough to open the blockage.  The correlation is simple.

Sleep Apnea does not have to be fatal to have a negative effect on a person’s health.  Breathing provides the body with oxygen, it goes into the lungs and then into the bloodstream from where the oxygen is taken to all parts of the body.

Sleep Apnea translates to not breathing; if we are not breathing, our body is starved of the oxygen it needs to survive and operate to its full capacity. 

A lack of oxygen causes an imbalance in the blood stream leading to an excess of carbon dioxide.  Too much Carbon dioxide in the body creates a toxic state that can result in brain damage, heart disease or a stroke.

The Emotional Aspects of Snoring

Snoring does not affect the person who is actually snoring alone.  Anyone close to a person who snores with any degree of severity understands this fact.

How snoring affects the people around a person who snores is just as serious as the health risks involved.

A person, who snores loudly, meaning as loud a running motorcycle or some other internal combustion device, can keep their partner from sleeping.  A loud snorer can disrupt the whole house through the course of the night, every night.

This should begin to expose the vast area of problems that can arise due to snoring.

Someone who sleeps with someone who snores, or maybe shares the same room, or shares a wall between rooms, even so far as to be in the same building knows that trying to get a full night of deep, restful sleep is an exercise in futility.

There is a lot of frustration involved with situations like these because the person snoring may be unaware of it, or believe there is nothing that can be done for it.  Snoring can come with a costly emotional price tag.

The following are few examples of emotional disturbances resulting from snoring:
  • Loss of sleep can cause depression or anxiety
  • Break up of relationships, including marriages
  • Eviction from dwelling for bothering tenants
  • Clashing living partners or neighbors due to sleep disruption
  • Poor performance at work leading to unemployment due to lack of sleep
  • Short term and long term memory issues from lack of sleep
  • Lack of compassion from those affected by snoring

These are but a few of the many emotional problems that are part and parcel of snoring.  The effects of snoring are very far reaching and destructive to those subject to them.

Beneath the surface of each of these emotional states are the mental states associated with the person who snores and the person who has to deal with it.

A few of the emotional states caused from snoring follow:
  • Exhaustion
  • Frustration
  • Resentment
  • Anger
  • Helplessness
  • Anguish
  • Desperation
  • Low self-esteem
  • Confusion

It is not hard to see how lack sleep can affect one’s demeanor, especially if it the loss of sleep is due to someone else’s snoring.

One can quickly lose empathy for a person who snores when they are the on being kept up.

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