Measured in decibels (db), snoring usually falls between 60 and 80/90 decibels, compared to normal talking which is about 60 db, a vacuum cleaner which is 70 db, and a chainsaw, about 100 db.
A grandmother in the U.K. was recently recorded snoring at 111.6 decibels – eight decibels louder than the roar of a low-flying jet and between 51.6-31.6 louder than the average snore (typically 60-80 dB). The louder the sound, for example this grandmother’s snoring, the less time you can listen to it before it begins damaging your hearing.
But this is only the damage to someone’s hearing. The bigger problem may be the health problems as a result of snoring. To name a few:
- Long interruptions of breathing (more than 10 seconds) during sleep caused by partial or total obstruction or blockage of the airway.
- Frequent waking from sleep, even though you may not realize it.
- Light sleeping. People with obstructive sleep apnea sleep lightly to try to keep their throat muscles tense enough to maintain airflow.
- Strain on the heart. Prolonged suffering from obstructive sleep apnea often results in higher blood pressure and may cause enlargement of the heart, with higher risks of heart attack and stroke.
- Poor night’s sleep. This leads to drowsiness during the day and can interfere with your quality of life.
- Low oxygen levels in the blood. This can lead to constricted blood vessels in the lungs and eventually pulmonary hypertension.
- Chronic headaches.
- Daytime sleepiness and fatigue.
Ear plugs may be a solution for the partner of someone who snores. But it may be a better idea to address the cause of snoring. See our blog from October 28, 2017.
Is your partner snoring? Approximately 59 percent of people have a partner that snores. There is an approximate ratio of 2:1 sufferers of snoring amongst men to women. The risk and prevalence of snoring also increase with age.
It’s easy to see that snoring is a wide-ranged problem that can affect a multitude of facets of your personal health with these snoring statistics. Responsible for many health issues, it is significant to get your snoring problem checked out, and do not ignore it, as it can affect not only you, but the lives of those around you. Act today, and save yourself from snoring problems.
There are certain known causes, they include the following:
- Old Age
We are all growing. As the human body gets old the muscles tend to get weaker.
This does not mean actual muscle loss but that the soft tissues of the back of the nose and throat area are becoming softer and more relaxed.The muscles in the neck and face are also affected.This weakness in the neck and nose muscles can give rise to snoring for a lot of aged people. However regular exercise and proper dieting can help curb snoring in old age.
- Nasal Congestion and the causes and cures for snoring.
If you have ever had a “stuffed up” nose, you know what it means to sleep at night breathing through your mouth. This would naturally cause you to snore. Other causes of nasal congestion include injury to the septum or malformation of the septum. The septum is a cartilage that separates your nasal passages and if it is not balanced it can cause one nostril to be partially blocked and result in snoring.
- Alcohol and Cigarettes
Smoking Cigarettes leaves your airways dry and scratchy,and can lead to snoring. Alcohol can also induce snoring. When you take in alcohol the muscles of your tongue and throat become more relaxed ,thereby causing the soft tissue in your throat to collapse inwards and vibrate when you sleep.
- Sleeping Position
The way you sleep can also cause you to snore. Like everything on our planet gravity still holds sway. Research shows that if you sleep on your back the force of gravity may make you open your mouth and when you breathe through your mouth and this may cause snoring. Also gravity affects the soft tissue in your throat causing it to hang more loosely and it is more likely to vibrate when you sleep and cause you to snore.
- Medications and the causes and cures of snoring
Medications have a very strong effect on the body.They can have different effects you including snoring. Antihistamines and nasal decongestants dry out your airways, and this may lead to snoring. Sedatives and tranquilizers, or sedating painkillers, work on your throat muscles in a similar way to alcohol. By relaxing these muscles, causing the collapse of soft tissue, or vibration, they may induce snoring.
- Being Over Weight
Excess fat in the neck and throat can narrow your air passage and cause snoring. Depending on the uniqueness of your body this might not be your story,but statistics has shown that 9 out of 10 over weight people snore.
It is recommended that the sufferer undergoes various tests to find out what exactly the causes are of this unfortunate and disturbing affliction, which may not trouble the snorer but certainly impinges on the health and well being of the sleeping partner!