People who snore loudly in their sleep are not only a nuisance to their partners, but endanger their own lives, say medical experts.
Doctors have raised the alarm about the increasing numbers of Kenyans, especially couples visiting health facilities, looking for ways to help their partners stop snoring when they sleep.
In an interview in the city of Kakamega yesterday, Libutsi Ouya, an ENT specialist at the Bungoma District Hospital, said that loud snoring has serious health risks. Failure to respond may result in death due to sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious illness that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep.
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Ouya said, habitual snorers would be at risk of suffering from hypertension, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, congestion of the air waves (nasal problems), obesity and disability sleep apnea.
"An ordinary snorer experiences long breath interruptions of more than 1
He said that if you snore loudly, there is always a low level of blood oxygenation, which leads to a constriction of the blood vessels in the lungs, adding that after some time, the patient will suffer from pulmonary hypertension, chronic headaches, and drowsiness during the day Fatigue.
"A common snorer often wakes up in the middle of sleep, but he may not notice it. If you are overweight, the cervical tissue becomes bulky so that someone can snore loudly while they sleep. Children with large tonsils and adenoids (a tissue stain just behind the nose in the throat) snore loudly, "Ouya said.
He said strong snoring in children could affect performance in the classroom as memory and thinking abate. "Old age makes someone snore even in deep sleep," he said.
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He said overuse of alcohol, smoking, and the use of sleeping pills would cause the throat and tongue muscles to sleep much too deeply, which leads to snoring. If the habit persists for a long time, it could endanger one's health.
Ouya said surgical procedures such as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), thermal ablation palatoplasty (TAP), tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy could help solve the problem after the abnormality has been corrected.
Eileen Mulaa, an exercise and sports science expert from Kenyatta University's Department of Exercise and Recreational Sports, said that habitual snorers should undergo an intense 30-minute exercise two to three times a week for 30 minutes.
"Physical activity reduces snoring. Exercises are recommended for toning. Exercising various muscles of the body, such as the arms, legs, and abdominals, helps tighten the muscles of the neck, resulting in less snoring, "Ms. Mulaa said.
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