Do you snore? Many claim they don’t, but it’s estimated that 45% of the population snores at least occasionally, and that a whopping 25% of us are habitual snorers.
Snoring can interrupt our own sleep and that of those around us, and it may even be a symptom of a serious medical condition.
A number of factors that may cause you to snore, including:
- Obstruct airflow and increases vibration, resulting in snoring.
- A soft palate or enlarged tonsils or adenoids can narrow the airway.
- Overweight people often have extra tissue in the back of the throat that reduces airway size.
- If your nostrils is crooked or off centre, it can cause breathing problems.
- Alcohol relaxes throat muscles, consuming it before sleeping can exacerbate snoring.
- Smoking irritates and inflames throat tissue.
- Sinus infections increase the risk of snoring.
Snoring can also be a symptom of obstructive Sleep Apnea, a condition that affects a small percentage of the population.
The Effects of Snoring
While snoring is sometimes used for comic effect in entertainment, the truth is that it can have a damaging effect on your life and that of your spouse or partner. Sleep is crucial to cognitive function and physical and mental health.
We know that animals who go without sleep experience shortened life cycles.
Snoring can interrupt the natural cycle of sleep and leave both you and your partner sleep-deprived.
While we sleep, we cycle through phases: Stages 1 through 4, followed by REM (or Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. If something occurs to interrupt this cycle, we may never get to experience deep sleep. Snoring can pull you (and your partner) out of the cycle and you don’t reach stage 4 where the body is restored.
Sleep deprivation is one of the most serious problems of today as it can cause temporary difficulties with attention/concentration, irritability and mood swings. It has also been associated with serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and depression. According to Psychology Today, one partner’s snoring can put a great strain on a relationship, and can lead to separate bedrooms and a loss of intimacy.
Pillows to Reduce Snoring
One of the simplest ways to reduce snoring is to switch from a regular rectangular bed pillow to a therapeutic cervical pillow. A properly sized cylindrical pillow will fit and support the natural curve of the neck, gently stretching neck muscles and opening the spaces between vertebrae. When the neck and spine are in alignment, the tongue and lower jaw are brought forward, and air can flow freely through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. The soft palate and uvula no longer vibrate, and snoring may be greatly reduced.
Many users who switched to cervical pillows reported a significant reduction in snoring, and a resultant improvement in quality of sleep. These changes help to revitalize relationships and lead to happier, healthier lifestyles.
The Align-Right Sleeping Pillow has reduced or eliminated SNORING in many people. The A-R pillow fits and supports the natural neck curve. The neck muscles gently stretch and vertebra spaces open. This normal neck curve position brings the tongue forward and re-positions the lower jaw forward; nasal air passages open, allowing free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. Now there is no vibration where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula during breathing.
Try one today, and let a good night’s sleep revitalize you!
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