Snoring is Common Among All Ages and Both Genders
While you sleep, the muscles of your throat relax, your tongue falls backward, and your throat narrows. As you breathe in and out, the walls of the throat begin to vibrate, creating the sound of snoring. Typically, the more relaxed your airway becomes, the greater the vibration and the louder your snoring. Snoring often gets worse with age.
Snoring often interrupts deep, restorative sleep, which can lead to waking symptoms and even contribute negatively to other health issues. Needless to say, snoring can also prevent your sleep partners from getting the restorative sleep they also need, and can contribute negatively to their health.
Sometimes snoring can cause the walls of the throat to collapse completely so that no air is coming in or out, creating a condition called sleap apnea. This is a serious condition which requires medical attention.
1 in 10 Adults has Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. The muscles of the upper airway relax when you fall asleep. If you sleep on your back, gravity can also cause the tongue to fall back. This narrows the airway, which reduces the amount of air that can reach your lungs.
When this happens, your brain and body becomes oxygen deprived and you may snore loudly or making choking noises as you try to breathe. This may happen a few times a night, or in more severe cases, several hundred times a night.
The lack of oxygen your body receives can have negative long-term consequences for your health. This includes:
High blood pressure
Pre-diabetes and diabetes
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Insomnia is the most common sleep problem
The causes, symptoms and severity of insomnia vary from person to person. Insomnia may include:
Difficulty falling asleep
Difficulty staying asleep throughout the night
Waking up too early in the morning
Insomnia creates both a sleep disturbance and daytime symptoms, impacting nearly every aspect of life. Studies show that insomnia negatively affects work performance, impairs decision-making, and can damage relationships. In most cases, people with insomnia report a poor overall quality of life.
As many as 35% of adults suffer insomnia. It is more common in groups such as older adults, women, people under stress and people with certain medical and mental health problems such as depression.