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  • How and why do we snore? The main reason we snore of course is to attract a mate and then

  • to ensure that that mate is incapable of sleeping long enough to contemplate running off with

  • anybody else.

  • The good news is that snoring like belching or blowing your trousers off with a massive

  • guff of arse-wind is perfectly natural and that most of us, if not all of us will do

  • it sometime or another.

  • Snoring is caused by vibration in our air passageways, as we sleep and as we relax.

  • Basically, it's an unconscious version of the same noise we make to express mild derision,

  • or to imitate a pig.

  • The bad news for anyone trying to sleep next to a snorer, is that it's one of the loudest

  • noises a human being can make. Noise levels of up to ninety-two decibels have been recorded,

  • which means if your actually trying to share a bedroom with a snorer, you might as well

  • doss down next to a chainsaw.

  • The physiology of snoring is simple enough. We snore when our air passages are slightly

  • blocked, nose or the throat, which causes vibration in the soft palate and the ovular,

  • is that dangly soft bit at the back of your throat. The bit that's usually misidentified

  • as the tonsils.

  • This obstruction can be caused simply by sleeping at the wrong angle, lying on your back for

  • example makes you far more likely to snore and it can also be caused by taking too many

  • relaxants, which is a very very polite 'Youtubey' way of saying going to bed drunk.

  • Another common cause is fatty deposits around the throat, which is why one of the common

  • cures for snoring is to do some exercise and lose some weight. But, it can also be a symptom

  • of obstructive sleep apnoea, which is when your body struggles to breathe while you're

  • asleep.

  • Snoring is something we tend to do, as we get older. Not many children snore. But a

  • study of elderly Italians showed that over the age of sixty, forty per cent of women

  • and sixty per cent of men snore. Which is not very 'va bene'.

  • Snoring isn't good for us. Loud snorers have an increased risk of stroke and heart attack.

  • But fortunately, for us and for those who have to sleep next to us. There are many ways

  • to combat it.

  • To stop snoring we have to reverse the process. Basically unblock the air passageways and

  • the most drastic way in achieving this is through surgery. With the rather terrifyingly

  • named, wait for it, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty process, which basically involves, trimming

  • excess fat out of the throat.

  • Less drastic solutions include none surgical implants, which suggest hold the airwaves

  • open or even braces to hold your teeth and your tongue in the right position and even

  • in the cases of severe apnea sufferers, a positive flow of pressurized air, to make

  • sure you breathe.

  • Or there are those little plaster things you wear on your nose. But they make you look

  • a prat.

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