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Snoring is a fairly common problem – between 30-50% of people in a given demographic may be snorers. Snoring is associated with a variety of health risks, such as cardiovascular problems and heart failure.
Although snoring does not directly indicate the presence of sleep apnea, (a condition where a person stops breathing at night), the relationship between the two is strong.
EverSleep is the only home sleep tracking system that differentiates airway-based sleep interruptions. For example, many people who suffer from insomnia don't realize what actually woke them up was a breathing interruption which overstimulated their brain and their nervous system was hit with a blast of adrenaline.
There are many causes of insomnia and other sleep disorders and only EverSleep gives you unlimited access to our in-app coaching software that lets you track your progress and improve your sleep at home!
EverSleep is the only home sleep improvement system that differentiates airway-based sleep interruptions.
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Given the significant health risks that snoring poses it is helpful to be familiar with a few predictors or risk factors for snoring. Here are some additional demographics linked to snoring and apnea in adults:
Physical considerations. This can include having a narrow airway or having lots of fat tissue surrounding the airway. Also, the presence of a long uvula (tear-shaped tissue at the back of the throat) can cause problems. Having a receding chin—which causes the tongue to lay back and block off the airway more easily—or a blocked nose(sometimes called a deviated nasal septum) are also physical abnormalities to look for. Finally, larger neck circumferences are strongly associated with snoring.
Racial or ethnic considerations. Because some races or ethnicities typically have some known facial features associated with snoring, they may be predisposed for it. African-Americans may have a large tongue base that closes off the airway easily when the head is tilted back. Those of Asian descent may have very small and narrow facial features, such as a small nose or recessed chin, limiting the size of the airway.
Socioeconomic status. As mentioned previously this may be due to the decreased access to quality health care and exposure to other environmental factors may underlie the challenges that is often experienced by those in this range of the economic scale.
Lifestyle habits. Cigarette smoking and obesity are significantly associated with snoring. Alcohol consumption is also problematic, as it causes the muscles of the throat and airway to relax, which makes it easier for the airway to become partially collapsed.
Family history. Similar to race and ethnicity, because some of the factors are genetic—such as facial features—a family history of snoring is also a likely indicator.
Gender and age. Studies have found that men are more likely to snore than women. Being advanced in age (i.e., 60 years old or older) is also associated with the presence of snoring, possibly because of problems maintaining sufficient muscle composure of the airway, or complications from other health conditions common in elderly individuals.
EverSleep can help you pinpoint which lifestyle changes and sleep hygiene habits can offer you easy, cost-effective solutions to reduce snoring.
Anti-Snoring devices and other sleep aids may also be recommended in eliminating snoring and apnea depending on your personal EverSleep Reports and Trends. While it is not possible to change your genes or ethnicity there are a number of things that can be done to eliminate or reduce snoring.
Dangers of Snoring and Sleep Apnea