End the Wheezes

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Snoring occurs more often with men, overweight people, and tends to increase in frequency with age. Photo by moarplease

     As reported by BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Health, one of the loudest sounds a human can make is snoring. Snoring is a result of blocked air passages in our nose or throat. Air blockage can occur from sleeping at the wrong angle or taking too many relaxants before bed–for example, going to bed tipsy. It occurs more frequently to men, overweight people, and tends to worsen with age. There are serious health risks.

     For example, snoring can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Obstructive sleep apnea can result in high blood pressure and an overall expansion of the heart; however, other research does suggest that there is no correlation.  Furthermore, snoring can prevent breathing for several minutes possibly leading to a poor nights sleep decreasing the quality of your life. Researchers have yet to discover all health risks associated with snoring but people are not helpless to the unconscious act of snoring.

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The physiology of the heart is changed after continuous snoring. Snoring can lead to high blood pressure and an overall expansion of the heart. Photo by brick red.

Simple lifestyle changes can help end the wheezles.

Maintaining a healthy weight, for instance, can help. Develop a healthy diet and exercise. Avoid alcohol close to bedtime. Alcohol increases the likelihood of snoring because it can relax the muscles in the throat. Prevent sleeping on your side. Make the difficult decision to quit smoking.

If snoring continues to be an issue, it is important to see a doctor.

     Here is the article “How and why do we snore?” from BBC Health: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130913-how-and-why-do-we-snore

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