Bagaimana tidur dengan orang berdengkur kuat?

Adakah pasangan anda berdengkur kuat? Dengkuran yang kuat boleh memalukan dan mengganggu orang lain terutamanya kalau kita tidur di kawasan yang ramai orang.

Mengikut kajian pakar dan apa yang biasa kita perhatikan pun, orang lelakilah yang biasanya berdengkur kuat semasa tidur. Kadang-kadang baru saja melelapkan mata, dengkurnya sudah berbunyi kuat. Selalunya yang menjadi mangsa (terpaksa tahan atau membiasakan diri mendengar dengkuran kuat ini) ialah perempuan atau si isteri. Namun begitu, apabila dah biasa mungkin dengkuran kuat ini tidak menjadi gangguan lagi kepada pasangannya (si isteri). Alah bisa tegal biasa. Tidak dinafikan ada perempuan yang berdengkur kuat juga, jadi suamilah pula yang jadi mangsa….

Biasanya dengkuran kuat ini berkait rapat dengan anatomi di bahagian mulut dan saluran pernafasan. Di antara sebabnya ialah tisu nasal (hidung dalam) yang membengkak, terdapat himpunan lemak di kerongkong yang menyebabkan laluan udara menjadi sempit, atau anak tekak (uvula) yang besar. Untuk memperbaiki anatomi yang kurang normal ini, pembedahan boleh dilakukan oleh pakar.

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Perincian tentang dengkuran kuat dan kaedah menanganinya dipanjangkan dalam artikel berikut untuk dikongsi bersama….

How to Sleep With a Snorer

Love can be blind and, for a while, even deaf. But snoring can take a heavy toll on a relationship. Sleeping in separate bedrooms is not your only option.

By Ellie McGrath – from “Good Housekeeping” Magazine

According to a National Sleep Foundation survey, twice as many men as women report that they snore every (or nearly every) night — 32 percent of men versus 16 percent of women. “The majority of people we see, study, and treat are men,” says J. Catesby Ware, Ph.D., director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, and professor of medicine and psychiatry at Eastern Virgina Medical School. The majority of sufferers are women.

Snoring can take a heavy toll on a relationship. A study by John Shepard, M.D., medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found that the bedmates of heavy snorers lose an average of one hour of sleep per night. Dr. Shepard calls the phenomenon of partners being awakened by snoring spousal arousal syndrome.

Unfortunately, it’s not the kind of arousal most people crave in bed. Another study released last year, from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., found that when heavy snorers with sleep apnea underwent treatment, they and their spouses reported better sex lives and a smoother relationship.

How to Tell Him

An obstruction in the airway between the nose and lungs is usually the cause. It can be swollen nasal tissue, a too-relaxed tongue, fatty deposits in the throat, or a large uvula (that kidney-shaped object hanging at the back of the mouth). Snoring tends to get worse as people age because, like so many other body parts, tissues in and around the airway start to sag. The mid-40s and up is when snoring really becomes more prevalent, Ware says.

The first hurdle in dealing with snorers is to get them to acknowledge the problem. There’s usually very little perception of snoring on the part of the snorer, says Victor Hoffstein, M.D., director of Toronto’s Sleep, Nose, and Sinus Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital, and coauthor of No More Snoring. A man may not believe his wife, Ware says, but he’ll believe his hunting buddies when they won’t sleep in the same cabin with him. I personally discovered that a tape recorder did the trick. Tempting as it may be for a wife to withdraw to the guest room, Dr. Hoffstein says, that’s focusing on the symptom, not the root of the problem.

Examine His Habits

If you live with a chronic snorer, take a hard look at his habits. Some simple changes could stop the problem for good. The vast majority of snorers can be treated with a lifestyle solution, Dr. Hoffstein says.

Is he overweight? Being overweight is the most common cause of snoring, Dr. Hoffstein explains. A person who gains weight usually has excess fat deposits in the neck. The fat deposits increase the collapsibility of the throat tissue and can narrow the airway. Once men hit a shirt size of 17, they are candidates for weight-related snoring. Sometimes a weight loss of as little as 10 pounds can help.

Does he drink alcohol before going to sleep? If your bedmate is having a couple of nightcaps, it may be relaxing the muscle tissue in his throat and causing the tongue to drop back more. Don’t drink alcohol less than four hours before bedtime, recommends Daniel Loube, M.D., director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. Some medications, such as sleeping pills and tranquilizers, produce the same relaxing effect.

Does he sleep on his back? If he does, his jaw may open, causing the tongue to shift closer to the back wall of his throat, which narrows the airway. Elevating the head can help up to thirty percent of snorers, Dr. Hoffstein says. Another solution is to make him sleep on his side. One low-tech strategy: Sew a sock containing a tennis ball onto the back of his pajama top so that when he turns on his back, he’ll wake up and change his position.

Does he smoke? Cigarettes irritate and inflame the upper airways, making them narrow. Snoring is just one more reason to try to get him to quit.

Possible Causes of Snoring

Does he have a cold or allergy? If so, the snoring is probably originating in the nose. If he has a cold, he can use nasal decongestants on a short-term basis. But if he has an allergy, it needs to be diagnosed and treated.

Is there an anatomical abnormality? These can range from a deviated septum to extra tissue in the neck. If you suspect such a problem, it’s time to talk to your doctor about a sleep study or polysomnogram, which involves a one-night test at a sleep center.

During the sleep study, instruments measure heart, lung, and brain activity; breathing patterns; arm and leg movements; blood-oxygen levels; and how often the patient awakens during the night. The study can determine the origin and severity of the snoring. Depending on the cause, there are a number of surgical procedures that can be done.

The downside of surgery is that it can be very painful — and there’s no guarantee that it will work in all cases, says Ron Kuppersmith, M.D., a surgeon at Virginia Mason Medical Center. The various procedures, often done on an outpatient basis, tend to cost between $1,500 and $2,500, and are covered by insurance if there is an underlying medical problem. Another possible solution is a mouth device that moves the lower jaw forward, thereby opening up the airway. The device can be fitted by a specially trained dentist and costs about USD1,000.

Could It Be Dangerous?

Does he snort and gasp in his sleep, then feel tired all day? When a person has loud-intensity snoring, it is an alarm signal, Dr. Loube says. It is important to distinguish between benign snoring and a dangerous condition called sleep apnea.

A person with sleep apnea stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer several times every hour, all night long. As respiration is cut off, and the level of oxygen in the blood drops, he wakes up briefly to reopen his airway, then resumes breathing with a snort. When you go from being fast asleep to suddenly awake, it’s very stressful on the body, Dr. Kuppersmith says.

According to the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, up to half of all people with sleep apnea have high blood pressure, which raises the risk of stroke and heart failure. The majority also suffer from daytime drowsiness and are more likely to have car accidents than people without the condition. One explanation of why married men live longer than single men is that their wives discover the sleep apnea problem and get them care, Ware says.

Sleep apnea can be addressed with oral devices and surgery, but continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is usually the first medical treatment used. It involves wearing a mask or special mouthpiece while sleeping; a blower gently forces air through the nasal passages. If the snorer can tolerate sleeping with the apparatus, CPAP is highly effective. Because apnea is a medical condition, most insurers will pay the estimated $400 to $1,200 cost for CPAP.

Sleep Apnea

Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but almost no one has sleep apnea without loud snoring. Data from the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study suggests that 12 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition that temporarily cuts off respiration. How do you tell the difference between benign snoring and apnea? Wake up and listen! If your partner snores, watch to see if he actually stops breathing, says Ron Kuppersmith, M.D., a surgeon at Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center. If he’s totally quiet and the chest is not moving, count the seconds.

The next morning, most people with sleep apnea can recall hearing themselves snore. Some feel short of breath for a brief period. Here are the symptoms:

* Chronic, loud snoring
* Gasping or choking episodes during sleep
* Excessive daytime sleepiness
* Car- or work-related accidents due to fatigue

If you suspect that your mate is suffering from sleep apnea, have him see his primary physician, who may refer him to a sleep specialist.

Finding Help

* Breathe Right: Although it is marketed to relieve nighttime nasal congestion, it has become a popular over-the-counter snoring aid. Does it stop snoring? Statistically, no, says Dr. Victor Hoffman. Have I ever seen it work? Yes. It’s harmless, so try it.

* Nasal sprays: Decongestants such as Dristan shrink blood vessels and tissues to open up the airway. They can relieve snoring that is caused by a cold or allergy for two or three days, but continued use will make the condition worse.

* Oral decongestants and antihistamines: If snoring is caused by nasal swelling from allergies, these medications can help, but they are unsuitable as a long-term solution.

* Antisnoring pillows: These support the head at an angle that widens the airway. They help some people, but others complain of neck pain and headaches.

* White-noise machines: For you, not him. These little machines make sounds that range from a waterfall to a windstorm, with the goal of blocking out ambient noise such as traffic or snoring. At about $100, they’re cheaper than a divorce.

Originally published on July 20, 2010

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Today’s Quote – 146

“”The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.” ~ Confucius

10 Tasik unik di dunia

Subhanallah! Inilah di antara keunikan pelbagai bentuk tasik dan sungai ciptaan Maha Pencipta untuk dikongsi di sini…..

1. Horseshoe Bend Lake (Arizona, USA):


Tasik berbentuk ladam kuda yang cantik menghijau dan menyejukkan mata. Tasik Horseshoe Bend ini merupakan khazanah Sungai Colorador yang berkelok terletak di kawasan hilir sungai Tasik Powell yang terletak di Kawasan Rekreasi Kebangsaan Glen Canyon di Arizona, USA.

2. Horseshoe Lake (Canada):


Tasik berbentuk ladam kuda ini berasal daripada kelok sungai utama yang membentuk ladam kuda apabila diempang seperti kejadian tasik-tasik ladam kuda yang lain. Tasik yang indah ini terletak di sepanjang Red River, dekat Morris di selatan Manitoba, Canada.

3. Manicouagan Lake (Canada):


Tasik ini merupakan satu daripada tujuh keajaiban di Canada. Ia merupakan tasik empangan hidroelektrik yang berbentuk cincin, terletak di bahagian tengah tanah rendah/lembah Manicouagan di Quebec, Canada. Tasik ini meliputi kawasan seluas 70 kilometer garispusat dan merupakan tasik yang ditutupi salji sepanjang tahun di mana bahagian tengah cecincin tersebut dipenuhi oleh batuan yang dihakis oleh proses glasieran (glaciation).

4. Fisheating Creek (Florida, USA):


Sungai ini mempunyai bentuk aliran yang unik jika dilihat dari udara. Aliran sungai ini berbentuk zig-zag yang merentasi kawasan Cowbone March yang terletak di barat Tasik Okeechonee (The Big O Lake) di Florida, USA.

5. Peyto Lake (Canada):


Tasik ini terletak di antara Rockies Canada dan berbentuk seperti beruang yang dinamakan Tasik Peyto bersempena mengambil nama Bill Peyto, iaitu orang yang mula-mula menjelajahi kawasan Banff ini. Tasik ini dipenuhi oleh glasier dan jalan mudah untuk sampai ke sana ialah dari kawasan salji Parkway.

6. Eros Lake (India):


Tasik Eros ini berbentuk jantung hati (heart shaped) dan terletak di Puncak Chembra, India dengan ketinggian 1,398 meters di atas paras laut dan keluasan permukaan 1,827 meter persegi. Kawasan ini mempunyai suhu yang nyaman.

7. McKinley Lake (Alaska):


Tasik McKinley ini terletak berhampiran dengan Gunung McKinley, Alaska, iaitu gunung tertinggi di Amerika Utara, dengan ketinggian puncaknya lebih kurang 6,194 meter dari aras laut. Kaki gunung ini lebih rendah daripada Gunung Everest tetapi meliputi kawasan yang lebih luas.

8. Schulensmeer Lake (Belgium):


Tasik Schulensmeer di Belgium ini adalah tasik semulajadi serta ditambahi dengan buatan manusia dan secara tidak disedari ia berbentuk seperti pistol dengan kepanjangan 2.5 km. Tasik ini terjadi apabila pada tahun 1970an, sebatang lebuhraya yang dibina di kawasan berhampiran menggunakan tanah di sini sehingga kawasan ini akhirnya menjadi tasik yang berbentuk pistol seperti sekarang ini. tasik ini menjadi tasik rekreasi untuk kapal layar, meluncur air dan aktiviti sukan air yang lain.

9. Sao Paulo Lake (Brazil):


Ini adalah tasik buatan manusia di kawasan perkampungan nelayan di negeri Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tasik ini berbentuk orang raksaksa yang kelihatan gembira, meliputi kawasan sepanjang 140 meter.

10. Yueyaquan Lake (China):


Tasik adalah oasis yang berbentuk bulan sabit di kawasan padang pasir di China yang terletak di selatan bandar Dunhuang di Jajahan Gansu. Kawasan ini menjadi tarikan pelancongan untuk melihat unta di China.

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