Snoring is something many of us live with, whether we’re the one snoring or we’re trying to cover our ears listening to someone else. However, it’s more than just the sawing noise that comes with it that’s not welcomed. Snoring can point to a health problem or lifestyle factors that may need tweaking.
While many people just accept snoring as what it is, there are some things to keep in mind that could reduce or eliminate it. Ignoring a major snoring problem could not only drive the others in the home crazy, but could be a red flag. Here are six little known snoring facts to breathe in…
1. Snoring Usually Comes with Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that actually causes you to stop breathing for periods of time while sleeping, especially if you’re lying on your back. Your throat can close up for upwards of 10 seconds, which will jolt you awake and lessen the overall quality of your sleep.
The Mayo Clinic notes that there are various forms of sleep apnea, and that “obstructive sleep apnea” is the most common form caused by relaxed throat muscles that close. There’s also a form called “complex sleep apnea syndrome,” which is caused by both obstructions and improper signals from the brain to breathing muscles.