10 Facts About Snoring

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1. One in five of the world's population snore.

Right. It is estimated more than one billion people around the world snore during sleep due to various reasons.

2. Men and women are just as much a snore.

Wrong. More men snore than women, the ratio was 80% male and 20% female. The reason is related to the distribution of overweight in men accumulate in the chest and neck, causing narrowing of the airways. Excess body weight in women generally accumulate in the hips. Men also have larger necks than females. Neck circumference of 40 cm or more likely to make people snore.

3. Inflammation of the tonsils (tonsillitis) causes snoring children.

Right. One characteristic of children affected by inflammation of the tonsils (tonsillitis) is snoring while sleeping.

4. Sleeping position has no effect on snoring.

Wrong. Sleep on your back more support for snoring than sleep on.

5. Being overweight causes snoring.

Right. Being overweight is very common among snorers. This is because the fat that forms around the throat can constrict airways. In addition, abdominal fat can cause the diaphragm to function irregularly.

6. Sleeping pills and sedatives reduce snoring.

Wrong. These drugs cause muscle relaxation and increase the chances of snoring.

7. At age 50, women who snore as much as men.

Right. Because of the aging process, women lose muscle and fat in the throat. Tongue, larynx, and other nearby tissues can also dipped slightly. These changes may reduce the size of the airway and increases the risk of snoring. Only 5% of women snore in their thirties, but at the age of 50 years the number could reach 40%. At this age, the number of women snore as much as men.

8. Snoring can indicate disease.

Right. Snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a common disorder in which the potentially serious breathing repeatedly stops and continues while you sleep. A person with sleep apnea often wake the night to breathe, but usually do not remember it. Sleep apnea is often not realized but it is very dangerous to health as it causes lack of sleep, lack of oxygen, depression and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

9. The intensity of snoring can reach 90 decibels.

Right. Equivalent to the sound produced by a speeding truck on the highway.

10. Smoking does not cause snoring

Wrong. Cigarette smoke can infect the throat tissue causing swelling. This causes narrowing of the airways and make people snore.

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