Friday, December 11, 2009

Your Snore is Music to My Ears

Do you or your significant other snores? If they do, what is the volume of their snoring sound and vibration? Most of us do it to some degree, but for 1 out of 6 people snoring is a serious health and quality-of-life issue. Not only can it put a huge strain on our relationship with our bed mate - it also signals a serious health condition.

This condition is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and it's caused by the relaxation of the muscles at the back of the throat and tongue while sleeping which in turn blocks the airway. That blockage cuts off breathing causing a person to momentarily wake up. It can literally happen hundreds of times per night.

except for Darth Vader, he snores day in day out

OSA can have serious health implications including chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, weight gain, and even heart failure and stroke.

Until recently, treatments for snoring and OSA were highly intrusive and costly, or of limited effectiveness. They included surgery, in which a doctor cuts away or shrinks tissue in the back of the throat, a CPAP face mask which forces air into the lungs keeping the air passages open while you sleep, or an oral mouthpiece designed to force the lower jaw out during sleep, keeping the airway clear.

With treatment options like these, it's little wonder that so many people have resigned themselves to living with the exhausting and frustrating consequences of their snoring and OSA condition.

I used to be a cronic snoring sleeper TILL I underwent my tonsil surgery early this year. My snoring problem is totally gone. Prior to the surgery, my wife told me that my snoring could vibrate the whole room's wall haha [boohoo exaggerating]. I had problem of having to wake up in the middle of the night and had difficulty of breathing and my throat hurt like hell for almost every night.

But after the surgery, I sleep soundly like a fully fed baby every night and now she complains I sleep too soundly [except when I ACCIDENTALLY kicked or elbowed her now and then when I need to change my sleeping position] and she's kinda miss my snore. Hmm...

Recently new method of treatment introduced and it's a chinstrap concept which has been clinically proven. In a case study by the Eastern Virginia Medical School, it was found to be as effective in treating OSA as expensive CPAP machines.

But don't you think the method similar to the the method of the Muslim way of wrapping the corpse's jaw for the funeral? I'm not sure about you, but I don't want to wear that the whole night while sleeping.


  1. Fleece Master, one thing for sure you can't leave island maps on your pillow wearing this strap

  2. hahaha I never thought of that Zendra. Its a multipurpose strap but I dont think its applicable when we ve flu or we will die in suffocation

  3. Hi Fleecemaster, ha ha, love this posting. I snore only when sleeping facing upwards....and my wife says sounds like a construction site, bulldozers working away.
    So now I sleep more face East or West....though I do sometimes get a hard nudge from you know who....I guess sometimes it doesn't work...ha ha.
    Have a nice weekend, Lee.

  4. Uncle Boss

    hahaha i know, i was in your good shoes last time. It's must be hard to tidur facing east or west everynite. I bet your hand will get numb sometimes or if its not your night, u will get backache in the morning. but I bet your u know who will miss your harmonic snore if you r not around. because its music to her ears [they just dont want to tell us that]

    Here, if u ve time, browse this youtube :

    have a kickbutt weekend uncle.

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