What you should know about snoring
As soon as you turn on the light, your body will immediately cease all production of the important sleep aid melatonin which regulates the sleep-wake cycle. For standard snoring, the NHS advises losing weight if you are overweight, not drinking alcohol a few hours before you go to bed and giving up smoking. For sleep apnoea, being overweight is one of the key problems, and it is not unreasonable to assume that a diet high in salt is also likely to be high in fat. Junk food, for instance, tends to have high quantities of both.
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Snoring while pregnant linked to smaller babies
A new study has claimed snoring while pregnancy is linked to smaller babiesPhoto: ALAMY (POSED BY MODEL) By Nick Collins , Science Correspondent 7:00PM GMT 31 Oct 2013 Comments In the largest study to date of the link between maternal snoring and baby health, researchers found that snoring for three or more nights per week was a warning sign of both smaller babies and C-sections. Women who snored before and during pregnancy were at greatest risk, with a two thirds greater chance of having a baby in the bottom ten per cent of birth weight than non-snorers, and twice the chance of needing an elective C-section. But even women who only started snoring during pregnancy were still at greater risk of both outcomes than women who did not snore at all, the study found. Snoring could be a warning sign of health problems such as obstructive sleep apnoea, a breathing problem which lowers blood oxygen levels at night, as well as high blood pressure and preeclampsia, researchers explained.
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And this can mainly be due to smoking, alcoholism or obesity. Dr Rutazaana says treatment for snoring depends on the cause. If a person can get rid of the cause, then the snoring is bound to stop. Changing ones sleeping posture so that the head is raised above the neck will improve passage of air in the airway, putting an end to snoring. For people who are obese, losing weight, and treating chronic flu can help reduce a persons risk of snoring. Quitting smoking, which irritates the tissues of the nostril, avoiding caffeine and alcohol before you go to bed can relax nasal tissue and prevent snoring.
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