Do you wake up suddenly in the middle of the night with a loud noise? Well, we are talking about the person sleeping just next to you who loves to give you some dose of sleep loss every night. Sleep Apnea can be serious if it is not treated properly. It affects men more than it does women.
“Who is the one snoring at night in your relationship?” We know this is a very old debated question and it’s time we settle this war of sexes when it comes to deciding who is snoring more.
Stay wide awake, as in this article we will unravel the truth, Who is snoring more? Men or Women?
To help answer this question, let us first understand what exactly is snoring and its cause.
What is Snoring?
In simple terms, snoring is nothing but an annoying noise which a person makes when they sleep. But that’s not all. Snoring at night can range in pitch and volume, just like an automatic audio mixer. It can sometimes sound like a bit of air escaping slowly from the pinched end of a balloon. Other times, it can sound like just like a jumbo jet trying to take off in your very bedroom. Either way, snoring at night is a big distraction.
Sleep Apnea: Now let’s dive into its cause!
Snoring is caused as a result of vibration of a person’s respiratory structures which occur when air passes in and out while breathing. The severity (or volume) of snoring is determined by the amount of the airway that is blocked. The smaller the airway, the louder and more frequent the snoring that is likely to occur.
So now that we know the itsy-bitsy about snoring, let’s find out the culprit!!
Sorry guys, but it has been found that men are the snore-machines in most cases.
But why?? Is it because it’s a generic statement? No, it is not. It’s mostly due to Biology. Confused how??
Let’s delve a bit more into it.
The Anatomy of Snoring
Like any other muscles, our tongue relaxes during sleep and falls into a space called the oropharynx, especially when we lie on our back. This space is larger in men than in women leaving plenty of room for air vibration which makes men snore. On the other hand, women have smaller throats which means the space behind the tongue is smaller. So the same degree of tongue muscle relaxation causes the fairer sex to stop breathing leading to an arousal from deep sleep.
This is why, in general, the man snores, and the woman, being a “light” sleeper, wakes up with the man’s snoring.
P.S. Do not forget to take a video of your partner whenever they snore to show them next morning!!
Apart from biology, there are some other factors which increase the likelihood of a man snoring more than a woman such as the loss of muscle tone that comes with age, excess weight around the neck, large tonsils, nasal congestion, smoking, and alcohol.
Self-help strategies for Snoring
There are so many bizarre anti-snoring devices available on the market today, that finding the right solution for your snoring can seem like a daunting task. However, there are a plenty of proven techniques that can help eliminate snoring.
1. Before sleeping clear your nose especially when it is stuffy
2. Sleep by keeping your head in an elevated position of about four inches high
3. Sleep on your side instead of your back
4. Keep bedroom air moist with the help of a humidifier
Apart from these simple tips, bring a change in your lifestyle by following a healthy diet, indulging in exercises and by avoiding alcohol and smoking. If you’ve tried self-help solutions for snoring without success, don’t give up hope. There are medical options that could make many differences. You can even talk to a general physician or an ENT (ear, nose, and throat doctor).
Not in every case, men are the culprits. There are few cases where women were found to snore more and in fact louder than the male companion. But don’t worry snoring is not a serious health issue and can be taken care off, provided you are concern about your partner’s sleep.
So, who is the snorer in your relationship?