(BLACK PR WIRE) -- After a long, tiring day at work, you finally go to bed for a restful night’s sleep. There’s just one problem: your partner’s snoring is driving you crazy. You toss, you turn, you put the pillow over your head to drown out the sound of snores galore.
Whether you call it by its slang name, "sawing logs," or its medical name, "stertor," snoring is common. People tend to snore when something blocks the flow of air through their mouth and nose. The sound is caused by tissues at the top of their airway that strike each other and vibrate.
Although snoring is usally harmless, it can be a sign of a serious sleep disorder called sleep apnea. This occurs when you stop breathing for periods of more than 10 seconds at a time while asleep. Sleep apnea is serious, but there are treatments that can help. According to www.prevention.com, sleep apnea is more common in African Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders than in Caucasians.
If you want to avoid hearing the sound of snoring, MedlinePlus shares these tips for reducing snoring:
• If you are overweight, consider losing weight.
• Cut down or eliminate alcohol and other sedatives at bedtime.
• Avoid sleeping flat on your back.
Following these tips may help you to get a restful night’s sleep without snores galore!