When your mate wakes you with their snoring you poke them in the side to get them to roll over, so you can try to get back to sleep. However you probably don’t give it much more attention than that.
Do you worry that snoring might be damaging your mates health?
Probably not. But did you know that snoring is often the main cause of sleep apnea?
“Sleep apnea” means that you stop breathing while you are sleeping and it is potentially fatal.
Meaning, if you have sleep apnea, every time you sleep you risk death!
That’s a pretty big deal … wouldn’t you say?
It’s one thing to say it. “Oh my, what a worrisome situation!”
It’s quite another thing to actually take action to do something about it.
If you get diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea, you may find that the equipment is difficult to get use to.
You can have a life threatening condition and ignore it! I’ve seen SO many people do it.
The people I saw living with sleep apnea felt lousy anyway, they didn’t want to give up their cozy sleep. The equipment didn’t make their sleep apnea go away, it just helped them breathe one more night. They’d end up taking it off and curling up without it or push it in the closet and give up all together!
They just didn’t see how it was helping.
Others really understood their sleep apnea was dangerous and vowed that they used their cpap equipment every night. They would have loved to find an alternative to the mask but they were taking their warning seriously.
These days there are many more masks and nasal devices to choose from, so it is not nearly so hard to get a good fit and utilize sleep apnea equipment for the valuable healing tool that it is. After all, if you are suffering from a life threatening condition you want to take action immediately and consistently to address it.
Sleep apnea is deadly … don’t be a statistic!
There is also a relationship between Snoring and High Blood Pressure.
High blood pressure and sleep apnea are two of the biggest issues causing the epidemic of heart failure in the world today!
Are you starting to understand why snoring solutions might be the answer to an epidemic of heart failure?
Sleep apnea and high blood pressure might seem like very different issues on the surface.
If you understand how important oxygen is, and how snoring robs you of oxygen when you need it most, it makes perfect sense that snoring WILL cause a snow ball effect that results in your demise.
Oxygen ushers life in. Oxygen terminates life.
Oxygen is the most important healing substance, the most effective detox agent, the premium blood cleanser, the most potent antibiotic, a versatile hormone, a blood clotter and declotter, and the conductor of the orchestra of the immune system.
Without oxygen, the lungs cannot breathe, the heart cannot beat, the brain cannot think, the bowel cannot digest or absorb food, and the muscles cannot move. That is all very basic and essential.” – Dr. Majid Ali
Your immune cells LOVE oxygen.
Cancer and yeast-like microbes, nanobacteria, mycoplasma, (the so-called stealth microbes), and bowel anaerobes HATE oxygen.
So if snoring robs you of oxygen when you need it most, what do you do about it?
Find your snoring solutions in order to reduce your risk of succumbing to heart failure, that’s what you do about it!
If you consistently wake up tired you may be snoring and not even know it.
What exactly IS snoring?
Snoring occurs when the muscles that keep open the airways carrying air from the nose and throat to the lungs relax during sleep. The tongue and jaw can also slip back as the teeth wear down. Either situation can cause the airways to collapse, causing friction and requiring more forceful inhalation to breathe.
Adults generally start to snore in their late thirties and forties, and the incidence increases when they pass the age of fifty. Snoring predominantly plagues adults but children between the ages of three and thirteen will snore when they have large tonsils, adenoids, obesity, poorly developed breathing and voice or when they have a heavy cold.
- First things first … if you have high blood pressure and you fall asleep during your normal daily routine, get a sleep test!
If you have sleep apnea, your life may depend on it!
- Eating heavily and drinking alcohol before sleep cause greater than normal relaxation of the throat muscles. This may cause even a “nonsnorer” to snore!
Eating raw foods at the end of the day is a good idea.
- Avoid tranquilizers and antihistamines before bedtime or if possible avoid them all together. Like alcohol, most of these medications suppress neck muscle tone and can cause snoring.
Antihistamines may seem harmless to you.
Know what you are risking with their habitual use!
The side effects of antihistamines are definitely cause for alarm.
“Drugs do not provide a real solution to the problem of insomnia. In fact, sleep inducing medications are so ineffective in any real sense that it is difficult to understand why there continues to be such an overwhelming demand for them”.
– Deepak Chopra, Restful Sleep.
Losing weight will help stop snoring because increased fat in the structures around your throat diminish the size of your air passages.
One more reason why losing weight will reduce your risk of heart failure!
- Place telephone books or bricks under the legs at the head of the bed to help immediately improve your breathing while you sleep.
Please remember that this is a temporary remedy!
This “remedy” will invite further snoring by contributing to your poor posture. Elevating the head of your bed and using extra pillows will increase your tendency to slouch. (slouching adds to windpipe restriction)
- Develop your breathing and voice.
Now this tip is a REAL remedy for your snoring.
Breath and voice development reduce your tendency to slouch, strengthen the muscles around your throat, and increase neck muscle tone.
- Keep your windows open while you sleep and, if necessary, use a humidifier to keep your nasal passages moist.
When the room is hot and dry, nasal passages become clogged during sleep, and often leads to snoring.
- If you snore, side sleeping is the best position to allow better breathing.
A rolled up ball of socks or a tennis ball under your pajama top will keep you from rolling onto your back while you sleep.
This is a great trick to ensure better breathing. Although keep in mind that side sleeping will also contributes to day time slouching.
- Seek appropriate treatment for allergies and upper respiratory problems that cause nasal obstruction.
Congestion due to food or airborn allergies and colds cause the air passages to narrow. When air flows through a narrow airway, it’s more turbulent and causes the throat tissues to vibrate.
Deviated septum or widening of the airways may require surgery but get 3 opinions as many so called nasal obstructions are caused by allergies and the surgeries only help until the engorged passages return. (roughly 3-5 years)
- Taking vitamin C daily is very helpful for reducing inflammation.
Anything that helps reduce inflammation will help alleviate your snoring.
- If you smoke, quit.
Smoking irritates causing mucus buildup, inflammation, bronchial congestion, and swelling of the pharynx, all of which contribute to snoring.
Keep working at it!
Finding your snoring solutions just might keep you from developing heart failure!
“Wow, snoring is a big deal!”
You can say that again!
Sounds like a good reason for karaoke night! Singing on a regular basis is a great simple way to address your snoring concerns.
Don’t get overwhelmed! Just focus on making progress on a few of the points above.
Click on the link below to become a member of The Life Breath Club and get the support you need to keep trying til you successfully address your harmful snoring!
This is a private membership site to protect your medical privacy.
Carrie Tucker, RCP
The Life Breath Coach
Heart Failure Solutions
PS- Congestive heart failure symptoms can be devastating. Read the free ebook from the Life Breath Coach and find out what you need to know.
PPS– Remember everyday:
- Relax and Release tension
- Exhale Slowly
- Be active in a way that adds Joy to your life
Plus pure water ~whole foods~sunshine~and laughter