Do you snore or know someone who does?
It's a question that gets asked infrequently but when it does, the usual answer is Grandpa So-and-So or my Uncle So-and-So. I am here to tell you that more often than you realize it's the women who have caught up with the men when it comes to boisterous "z's'. With age, the muscles in our throat relax and woman are just as prone to snoring as men. Go ahead and ask my husband. My snoring kept me from getting a sound sleep, but for my husband even more so.
My next stop was the local store for breathing strips -- but what size? Of course my nose can't be that big so I picked up a box marked "small."
Nope, didn't fit.
Next try - medium. Nope.
Now, feeling more like goldilocks, I tried the "advance large" and, yes, it was just right.
My usual habit of putting lotion on my face after cleansing needed to change as the lotion adversely affects the glue on the strip. As the band loosened I began to look like a cat with whiskers. Sans-lotion my freshly scrubbed face was ready to accept the nose band on the lower bridge of my appendage, but now I have this new ethnic look going on. My fear was that this look would remain after the strip was removed in the morning. Fortunately, my face hasn't stuck in this position. I've learned you can make faces all you want and your face won't stick that way like mom said it would.
The term snoring means restricted air flow. The soft tissues in the back of the throat close up so air has to be force through. If you're a back sleeper, chances are you snore. On the list of reasons for snoring, obesity is at the top followed by smoking, drinking, nasal blockage due to allergies or colds and, in my case, an abnormal elongated uvula. It also has been reported that lower estrogen levels decrease the muscle tissue strength and results in snoring as well.
I don't want to make too light of this subject because some people have a serious problem with sleep apnea where breathing stops and starts periodically. This dilemma should cause you enough concern to see a sleep specialist because this pattern can lead to heart attack or stroke.
There are some solutions out there to snoring. Lose weight, quit smoking, no drinking late at night and purchasing a new pillow to lessen allergen levels. Mouth pieces are available to create a better airway, as well as the strips I mentioned. You can also exercise throat muscles. Now this will be fun: Try sticking out your tongue. Start by stretching it to the right then slowly stretch it to the left. Now try to touch your nose with your tongue and now your chin.
Boy, do you look silly.
This exercise does help strengthen muscles but I think it's best that you do this at home when no one's looking or has a camera nearby.
So, if your significant other says you sound like a stranded whale while you're sleeping, it's time to check out my suggestions for your health and the health of those you love. My husband and I are now getting a good night's sleep.
Good night, sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite. (Now, that's another story.)