A new test is currently being devised by the University of Chicago to easily identify if someone’s snoring is serious or safe by testing a patient’s urine.
A study was conducted which looked at 90 children who were referred to a sleep clinic in order to examine their breathing problems.30 control children were also used in the study. The experiment showed that there are more proteins present in the urine of children diagnosed with serious snoring than those who suffer with safe snoring. The university team behind the findings have stressed that the experiment will have to be repeated before a simple and accurate test can be created.
It’s important that the more serious snoring conditions such as OSA can be detected as early as possible. OSA or obstructive sleep apnoea can cause a range of problems in children such as mental, behavioural, metabolic and cardiovascular problems. It is estimated that 3% of all children aged 9 and under suffer from OSA.
The scientists used a process involving fluorescent dyes in order to separate the proteins in the urine. By doing this they discovered three proteins with a high concentration in children with OSA. Researchers have stated that further work is needed to identify which proteins will work best for the test and a what time it is best to collect the urine samples.
Scientists are also looking at ways to make the appear as a colour much like a pregnancy test, which could be used by doctors and parents to easily identify the results.
We all know marriage is hard work, we only have to look at the divorce rates to see that, yet luckily there are a few little tips which may just make for a happier marriage.
It may sound trivial but curing snoring could well be one little tip that could have a big improvement on many peoples marriages. It’s well known that sleepless nights or interrupted sleep has a big negative impact on a person’s behaviour, making them much more irritable and quick to anger. This sort of situation would inevitably lead to more and more arguments, which is never going to be a great way to spend the rest of your marriage.
If snoring is causing you or your partner to lose sleep it might be time to stop snoring and get back to a happy harmonious marriage. There are a number of different snoring aids available to help you eliminate your snoring problem. These can range from simple things such as wearing nose strips and mouth guards to surgery or even sleeping with a tennis ball. If all else fails of course you could always buy ear plugs!
If you do manage to get your snoring under control there are a few other tips for having a great marriage:
Love – most relationships will start with this but how many will lose it along the way. Often it’s not just a simple case of hoping love will stay with you, sometimes you are really going to have to work hard at keeping it.
Compassion – things will go wrong from time to time so it’s always important that you are there for your partner if and when this happens.
Forgiveness – we are all humans and we all make mistakes so it’s important to cut your partner some slack every now and then when they do make mistakes. No relationship can last without forgiveness.
Intimacy – we aren’t just talking sex here, intimacy is so much more. Take time to hold and touch each other, even if it is such simple things as holding hands or staring into each others eyes.
Friendship – not only should you be friends with your partner but should allow them to have friends outside of the relationship as you will both need your own space every now and then.
We all know that snoring can be a real pain and can hamper your sleep but it could also put serious strain on your sex life and relationships. A recent survey suggested a massive 75% of British people snore, 33% of which snore so badly that it is impacting on not only there nights sleep but also there partners.
Such lack of sleep will over time start impacting on or personal and professional life. Each year it is estimated billions is lost at work to a lack of productivity caused by lack of sleep because we all find it much harder to concentrate when we are tired. This is obviously not good for our working life, especially in such harsh economic times where jobs can be precarious. A lack of sleep can also affect us outside of work too, being constantly tired makes us more irritable and quick to anger. Snoring is also putting many single people of from starting relationships as they think their snoring may scare away potential partners.
Snoring is also having a nock on effect onto people sex lives. Of those surveyed who said they snored 21% considered them selves less attractive as a result of their snoring. 10% felt so embarrassed by their condition that they put of sleeping with a new partner for fear of embarrassing themselves by snoring after sex, a common problem among men. A lack of sleep and tiredness also puts many of from sex especially late at night.
Some people may be lucky enough to be able to stop snoring quite easily while other find their condition much more severe, either way it is worth investigation solutions to the problem to help keep your relationship on track and stay productive in the work place.
There are a million and one ways in order to help you stop snoring, unfortunately not all of them work as there is not one definitive cause of snoring.
For some people there snoring is affected by a constriction of the airways. Simpley opening these airways may help or eliminate snoring altogether. One way of opening these airways is to use nasal strips, these work by physically opening your nostrils wider to create a large nasal passage. These strips are much less intrusive than other products on the market and are relatively cheap to buy.
For some people there snoring is a result of breathing through your mouth rather than your nose. It can be quite difficult to keep your mouth closed, especially while you are asleep. One solution to this problem is to use a chin strap. These straps work by physically closing your mouth making you then breathe naturally through your nose. Like the nasal strips they are less intrusive than other products to apply.
One of the most common causes of snoring is a constriction at the back of the throat. With the airway reduced air is squeezed through which causes the soft tissue in the throat to vibrate causing the snoring sound. A gum shield helps alleviate or eliminate this by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. By moving the jaw forward it helps create a larger passage way for the air to move through, reducing the vibrations of the soft tissue. The advantage of such snoring aids is that it tries to solve the root cause of the snoring, it is also quite cost affective as one gum shield should last you a long time.
For some people sleeping on their back causes snoring. The snoring is usually a result of the weight of you body applying extra pressure of your airways. Often the best way to stop this is to simply sleep on your side. While this sounds easy for people who are only used to sleeping on there back it can be very difficult to achieve. Even if you start out the night on your side there is nothing to stop you once you are fast asleep rolling back onto your back. This is where the tennis ball comes in, by sowing a tennis ball into your pajamas will physically prevent yourself from rolling onto your back.
If this New Year you have made a resolution to stop snoring then you are in luck as there are many different solutions to help you keep your resolution. Whether you are doing this for yourself or for a loved one there are a number of ways to stop snoring.
One technique you should defiantly try is to elevate your head. Try sleeping on a thicker pillow or multiple pillows as often the angle of your head can make a big difference to your snoring.
Try avoiding eating dairy products, sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking before going to bed. Losing weight is also a great way to reduce snoring, so if you are caring a few extra pounds then heating healthily and exercising wont only make you look and feel better but will reduce your snoring too.
Some peoples snoring is caused by sleeping on there back so why not try sleeping on your side in 2009 and see if that makes an impact on your snoring.
Avoid eating large meals or rich food before you go to bed, not only does this help reduce snoring but has health benefits as eating right before going to sleep is know to help pile on the pounds.
Try to quite smoking, this one is for many, many reason other than the fact that smokers snore more than none smokers.
If these more natural methods of preventing snoring don’t work you may won’t to look into buy snoring aids. There are many available in the market that can help in a number of different ways. Many simply fit into your mouth like a gum shield, some are a simple strip over your nose to help you breathe others can be more advanced.
If all else fails you may want to see your doctor as there are a number of procedure available to help cure your snoring if it is severe though these are usually last chance salon options to help you stop snoring.