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Your snoring can make your family tired
Snoring and sleep apnea : sleep well, feel better
Ralph A. Pascualy.
New York : Demos Health, c2008.
Snoring is the most common sign of sleep apnea, a potentially fatal disorder that affects approximately 12 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. Untreated sleep apnea is associated with heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and premature death. It is a common cause of driving accidents and job impairment, as well as academic underachievement in children and adolescents.
     
Snore no more! : how to help your family members, friends or roommate stop snoring and live longer and healthier!
James L. Mosley ; foreword by R. Michael Alvarez, Lawrence E. Kline, Kingsman P. Strohl.
San Diego, Calif. : International Scene Pub. Co., c2007.
This edition provides easy-to-understand facts about the causes of snoring and the dangers of loud snoring. It prescribes preventative measures, self-help methods, where to get professional help, and the state-of-the-art-treatments available to stop snoring and OSA.
     
Restless nights : understanding snoring and sleep apnea
Peretz Lavie ; translated from the Hebrew by Anthony Berris.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2003.
In this accessible discussion, an expert in sleep research reveals the history, symptoms, risks, and treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. 13 illustrations.
     
Snoring and sleep apnea : sleep well, feel better
Ralph A. Pascualy, Sally Warren Soest.
New York : Demos, 2000.
Snoring is no joke! Snoring is the most common sign of sleep apnea, a potentially fatal sleep disorder that affects approximately 20 million Americans. It is associated with heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, and premature death, and is a common cause of driving accidents, yet it frequently goes undiagnosed. Snoring and Sleep Apnea is for people who have - or suspect that they have - sleep apnea. It is also written for their bed partners, families, and friends, and for health care professionals involved in sleep apnea management. The book provides answers to key questions, written in easy-to-understand terms, as well as the pros and cons of specific treatments. This extensively revised and updated third edition includes information on new surgical techniques, the treatment of children with snoring and sleep apnea problems, and new oral appliances for relief of snoring and sleep apnea.
     

Have you ever been told that you snore when you sleep? If you have, then you know that others in your home cannot sleep because of the loud noise you make. And you are not alone. About 25% of adults snore. One in ten children snore nightly.

"Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone."

Anthony Burgess

What is snoring? It is the noisy sound that occurs when air flowing past the muscles in the roof of your mouth vibrates as you breath.

What are the causes of snoring? There are many things that cause snoring. It could be the structure of the jaw, an enlarged tongue, or enlarged tonsils or adenoids. Even obesity, smoking, alcohol, or allergies could cause snoring.

How loud?

The noise level of snoring averages 60 decibels and can approach 80 or 90 decibels.

Sixty decibels is the noise level of normal speech. Eighty decibels is equivalent to the noise of a vacuum cleaner. A noise over 85 decibels is considered hazardous to your ears, and 90 decibels is as loud as a passing freight train.

(from HelpGuide.org)

Snoring is disruptive for the person who snores and can put a strain on family relationships.  Snoring keeps the family awake, and the snorer does not get a good night's sleep either.  Snoring can also indicate serious health concerns including a disorder called sleep apnea.

But solutions are possible. Changes in diet, loss of weight, sleep position, or surgery can minimize snoring. Hundreds of the over-the-counter remedies and devices are available. Check with your doctor or dentist to see if these are reliable and could help you.

Snoring is not something to laugh about. It needs to be taken seriously. The sufferer and family or friends who sleep in the same area of your home, need compassion. Solve your snoring problem so everyone will sleep better.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff