Sawing logs. Calling the hogs. Mowing hay. Rattling the shingles. We use plenty of funny expressions to describe snoring, which has also given rise to lines like “I slept so well with you snoring in my ear all night….said no one EVER!”
One in three Canadian guys snores, which means non-snorers still make up the majority. The bad news: If you’re camping or sharing a hotel room with three other guys, chances are at least one of them will start rattling the shingles!
This can be annoying, but it can also be a sign of health concerns if it’s obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that affects one in 20 guys. What’s sleep apnea? It happens when your tongue and throat relax too much, blocking your air canal. An obvious symptom is very loud snoring — sawing logs and then stacking them, if you will — along with excess fatigue, frequent nighttime trips to the toilet, or waking up regularly with a dry mouth or headache.
Stop apnea before it starts
If you think you may be experiencing sleep apnea, be sure to consult a doctor ASAP. But before you get to that point, here are some easy steps you can take to avoid developing the condition in the first place:
- Avoid alcohol at least two hours before going to bed.
- Only use sleeping pills if your doctor gives you the go-ahead, as they can relax your throat muscles and slow your breathing even more than usual.
- Quit smoking. Check these 5 common signs that you’re ready to quit.
- Get some exercise! Walk around while you talk on the phone, get off the bus a few blocks early, the list of easy ways to get in a workout just keeps going.
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Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. His award-winning stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post newspapers, in magazines like Explore, Reader’s Digest, International Traveller and Canadian Family, and on websites including MSN, MSN Canada, and DontChangeMuch.ca. Visit Adam’s website for more details on his award winning work.