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Approximately 40 percent of U.S. adults to whip. And, men: You have the possibility of being angry with women. (Yes, this can explain why you were kicked or shoved in the night!)
And despite the myth that snoring is a sign of deep sleep, it really does not get enough of it.
"Snoring does not show any good," says Erich Voigt, an ear, nose, and throat doctor and sleep specialist at New York University Langone Health. "You can have a good deep sleep in quiet sleep."
Snoring is not good news, but it's usually harmless (except the pain that your sleeping partner has). In some cases though, this is a sign of something serious.
When we sleep, if the air moving through our nose and mouth has a clear path – we can sleep quietly. But when the airways are narrowed, that's when we're stuck.
"Snoring is usually a tremor of tissues within the airway," explains Voigt – that is, the roof of the mouth and the vertical folds of the tissue surrounding the tonsils.
Many factors may contribute to snoring, says Voigt. We can control some of the underlying triggers. For example, drinking alcohol is associated with snoring. Alcohol is a possibility that the tissues within our mouths grow and the alcohol can also change the quality of sleep.
"Your brain is blown away by alcohol, so the combination can rest more seriously," says Voigt.
Being overweight may also increase the likelihood of snoring. So, when people lose weight, it can reduce the amount of breath they have.
Other respiratory problems may not control. There are physical obstruction, such as a large uvula or a deviated septum. Additionally, allergies and upper respiratory infections can cause tissue on the roof of the mouth to become bulge, swollen, or stretched, Voigt says.
So, when snoring is annoying, and when is this a sign of a potentially serious problem? A light, rhythmic whip – which remains fairly stable – is common and tends to be harmless. "It may be bad for bed partners, but this is not a major health problem," says Voigt.
But when dizzy becomes strong and fearless, it can indicate a problem. So, if you are concerned about the person you are sleeping, what should you listen to?
"A crescendo where breathing becomes stronger and stronger," Voigt explains, the first sign. The crescendo is usually followed by periods of no sound, and then a gasp that may sound like a snort.
The pattern of snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea which is a serious condition that can increase the risk of heart disease. What happens to people with this condition is the downfall of the airway itself and close. "And as human beings strive, the wind does not pass, that's the apnea," explains Voigt.
You can watch and listen to this video on YouTube for a good display of sounds made by someone with sleep apnea.
Listen to what the normal whip sounds like at the beginning of this video. In minute 1:10 you can hear the snoring and breathing properties of sleep apnea.
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"In the first minute he has a regular rhythmic snoring," Voigt says. "Then, in the second minute he is a pause, (apnea) or no breath, followed by a great breath for the air."
Usually, people with sleep apnea do not wake up in consciousness, so they do not know they have a problem. So, if you are sleeping with someone who snore, you are in a good position to help flag the issue. Then, it is best to get a check out by a doctor who can diagnose the problem.