Factors in early childhood linked with snoring in adulthood

In a recent study of more than 15,000 adults in northern Europe, early childhood factors that appear to be Child asleeplinked to snoring in adulthood include any one of the following: 

  • newborn exposure to a dog in the home
  • hospitalization for a respiratory infection before age two, 
  • recurrent otitis as a child, or
  • large family size

Adult snoring is common, especially among men, and snoring may increase with age. Snoring occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing the tissues to vibrate as you breathe, creating the snoring sounds.

Adult conditions such as obesity, asthma, chronic bronchitis, or smoking cause an increased susceptibility for adult snoring. Having throat swelling, such as enlarged tonsils, or nasal problems, such as a deviated septum, can cause snoring.  Sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder,  can also result in snoring. Drinking alcohol or taking sleeping pills at bedtime overly relaxes the muscles in the throat which can contribute to snoring.

Here are some tips to help you stop snoring:

  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Cut down or eliminate alcohol and other sedatives close to bedtime
  • Avoid sleeping flat on your back
  • Ask your doctor about sleep apnea or any other correctable causes of snoring
  • Parents should ask pediatricians, if their child snores.  It can be a sign of a serious problem that needs to be corrected.

via Franklin K, et al “Early life environment and snoring in adulthood” Respir Res 2008; 9: 63.
via MedPage Today, August 22, 2008

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