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The 10 most common causes of snoring

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Cartoons and movies might make snoring look funny, but it’s actually a serious condition.

Not only can it affect your quality of sleep and the quality of sleep of anyone who is in the same room as you, but it can also lead to health complications.

So what exactly is snoring? It’s the sound of air trying to leave your body. If your airway isn’t clearly open, it can result in snoring which is the sound of your tissues vibrating as you breathe.

One of the best ways to combat your snoring problem is by identifying its cause. If you’re not sure what’s causing your snoring, check out the 10 most common causes of snoring.

1. Alcohol Consumption

If you’re drinking alcohol late in the day, it can affect your sleep and cause you to snore. This is because alcohol is a relaxant and relaxes the muscles in your throat. When you sleep, the relaxed muscles can obstruct the airway and cause you to snore. Alcohol also disturbs your sleep cycle. Overall, drinking alcohol is not good for your quality of sleep. Pay attention to whether or not you snore on nights you drink alcohol. If you notice you only snore when you drink, stopping drinking can help you find relief from nights of snoring.

2. Weight

Carrying excess weight can impact more than your heart and your joints, it can also impact your sleep. Fat usually doesn’t deposit in just one spot on your body; it distributes throughout your body. One of the areas it can accumulate within your neck. As your neck grows in girth, the extra fat will begin to put pressure on your throat which can then cause your airway to become obstructed. Losing weight can help you stop snoring at night.

3. Nasal problems

Allergies, colds, the flu, and a deviated septum are some of the nasal problems that can cause you to snore at night. Addressing the main cause of your nasal problems can help you stop snoring at night. For instance, taking medicine for allergies, your cold, or the flu can help you breathe at night. A deviated septum usually requires surgery to fix.

4. Sleep position

The position you sleep in can play a huge role in your quality of sleep and whether or not you snore. For instance, when you sleep on your back, gravity causes the soft tissues in the throat to fall back and obstruct your airway. Simply switching your sleeping position from your back to your side can stop you from snoring. To get used to sleeping on your side, tape a tennis ball to the back of your shirt. If you roll over onto your back at night, the tennis ball will make you feel uncomfortable and then cause you to roll back to your side. Eventually, you will train yourself to stay on your side.

5. Age

Sleep habits can change with age. Falling asleep might take longer and it might not feel as restorative as you age. Aging can also cause you to snore because your tongue and throat muscles begin to relax more with age. As they relax, they cause mild obstruction to your airway and cause you to snore.

6. Smoking

Smoking anything from cigarettes, pipe tobacco, and cigars can cause inflammation to the tissue that lines the airway. As a result, it can cause swelling, narrowing, and postnasal drip. The disruption can then cause snoring during sleep. The only way to find out if smoking is the cause of your snoring is to quit smoking to see if your condition improves.

7. Throat and nose conditions

Medical conditions in your throat or nose can also cause you to snore at night. For instance, if you have a deviated septum or nasal polyps, you won’t be able to breathe properly through your nose which can cause you to snore. On the flip side, if you have enlarged tonsils or adenoids, it can obstruct your airway and cause snoring. The best way to find out if a nose or throat condition is the cause of your snoring is to see an ear, nose, and throat specialist. You may be recommended surgery to fix your problem.

8. Medications

Taking certain medications like muscle relaxers can cause the muscles in your throat to relax which will result in snoring. Take note of whether or not you snore when you take muscle relaxers. If you do snore when you take them, then you know not to take them unless absolutely necessary.

9. Pregnancy

Nearly 30% of pregnant women begin to snore in their last trimester. This is due to the uterus pushing into the diaphragm. Snoring should stop after giving birth.

10. Anatomy

Your anatomy including your jaw, throat, neck, or tongue can be the cause of your snoring. A low and thick palate can cause your airway to narrow. Your tongue might also not rest in the correct position. Oral appliance therapy can often help resolve snoring as a result of mouth anatomy.

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Can you cheat on someone you love?

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The truth is Love isn’t always enough. Oftentimes, people cheat in relationships even when dating the love of their life.

Today, we’ll discuss a few reasons why this happens.

What can cause cheating in relationships?

There are a few neglected things that can drive one into becoming unfaithful to his/her partner. Let’s talk about a couple of them.

1. Lack of self discipline

You can love your partner to death, but if you lack self discipline, lust, greed, and other emotions will sway you.

It takes a strong mind to turn down advances from affluent, handsome young men, just as it takes a lot of self discipline to turn down highly attractive women. Staying devoted necessitates a great deal of self-control. You may be head over heels in love with your partner and want to show them the world, but if you’re not disciplined, you’ll end up ruining everything.

Sex plays a key role in relationships. It fuels true intimacy and love. The ability of partners to satisfy each other sexually is paramount but most times this point is overlooked. Bedmatics and openness of each partner to learn new sex styles can keep the other partner in check.

A bad or hurtful relationship damages the psyche of a faithful and committed person. The fear of being cheated on by someone you love, unknowingly gets deep rooted in your innocent mind. Thus, on the inside, you’d secretly struggle to be committed in your next relationship.

In addition, most people desire a taste of what it’s like to cheat on someone else because they’ve been cheated on before.

A sudden change in behavior from either partner is bound to have a ripple effect on the relationship. If your partner becomes cold and distant all of a sudden; if they start to withhold their attention and care from you, it’s only a matter of time before another love interest creeps into the relationship.

Without proper communication, what good is love in a relationship? You pay attention to your partner if you have deep and beautiful conversations. When you have deep conversations, you can find out what they’re thinking about, and you can get answers to your most troubling problems.

Imagine having a disagreement with your partner and not being able to resolve it. It gradually becomes a greater problem, which can open the door for other love interests into your life.

Toxicity is not a romantic gesture. A nagging partner will never fathom what peace of mind means or does to sustain a healthy relationship. It’s vital to know that every relationship has a psychological effect on people, both negative and positive.

If we have a nagging partner, we will find ourselves journeying to the one who gives us peace of mind and will then cheat on our partners.

Being committed requires our mental recognition and acceptance of what we’re in for. To be loved and to love is a daily effort we should strive for. Cheating is the order of the day but you can still choose to be deeply committed and faithful to the one you love. Text that special someone today, every single act of love counts.

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Do you know excessive use of mobile phone could lead to memory loss?

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Psychologists have maintained for long that stress can cause amnesia or affect the memory adversely. But that is not the only reason. Excessive use of mobile phones, apparently, can cause memory loss in humans.

When cyber security company Kaspersky Lab conducted a survey of 6,000 mobile phone users, it found that 71 per cent of them can’t remember the phone numbers of their children and 87 per cent can’t recollect the phone numbers of their children’s schools.

According to some of the respondents, losing their Smartphone will cause them to forget what they’ve been up to.

Welcome to the era of ‘digital amnesia’ where our brains are fast losing their ability to remember as we become increasingly reliant on technology to retain data.

Link between smartphone and memory loss

Distraction is one of the key factors that make memories more difficult to form. When we are busy multitasking on our Smartphones and quickly looking for information in multiple apps and notifications, we are only half-focused on learning a new skill. Hence, the information is unlikely to get stored in our long-term memory.

Smartphone addiction can interrupt sleep. We need deep sleep to detoxify our brain. It is only when we are in deep sleep that the brain engages in synaptic pruning—making room for new information by pruning old information. When we have interrupted sleep, synaptic pruning cannot take place, thus, impairing our ability to retain new information and form new memories.

Not just sleep, increased screen time also reduces our IQ significantly, according to the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London.

Memory loss in teenagers

Increasing exposure to mobile devices negatively affects the figural memory of adolescents, revealed a recent study by the researchers at Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). Figural memory, which helps us make sense of images, patterns and shapes, is located in the right hemisphere of the brain. Hence, teenagers, who hold their phone next to their right ear, are the most affected.

The researchers, who did this study on 700 teenagers, claim that a young developing brain is more susceptible to phone-wave-induced changes up to 15 years of age. They found that on an average, a teen is exposed to 858 mJ/kg of radiation per day when their average call time is 10.6 minutes.

How to overcome digital amnesia?

  • Ensure that you do not carry your mobile phone to bed at night. Keep any such devices out of your sight before sleeping.
  • Turn off notifications and uninstall all non-essential apps.
  • Instead of using GPS everywhere you go, print Google direction maps and try to get to the destination.
  • Observe a screen-free day at least one day a week. On this day, try to avoid using phones for anything else other than making or receiving calls.
  • If you want to do something radical to get rid of Smartphone addiction, get a landline.
  • Potential risks to the brain can be minimised by using headphones or loud speaker while calling, especially when network quality is low and the mobile phone is functioning to its maximum potential.

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Where does Cape Town rank on list of most livable cities in the world?

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Cape Town has been voted as the best city in Africa and the Middle East in the latest edition of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.

As South Africa’s embattled tourism industry looks ahead to the reopening of international travel – with pressure on source markets to drop pandemic-related restrictions – Cape Town stands ready to benefit from its recently won global acclaim.

Being voted as the best city to travel to in Africa provides a much-needed confidence boost to Cape Town and the international tourists who are looking to visit the Mother City. This adds to the positive signs of Cape Town International Airport showing the quickest post-lockdown rebound in passenger volumes.

As part of its annual World’s Best Awards, Travel + Leisure relies on its readers to vote across 11 categories. The survey was open for voting between January and May 2021, “as destinations around the world were lifting Covid-19 restrictions.”

But for South Africa, restrictions have remained tight throughout the year, spurred mainly by fears over the Beta variant. Luckily for South Africa and Cape Town, respondents have been allowed “to reflect on their travel experiences over a three-year period.”

Although Cape Town is ranked as the 20th best livable city in the world – out of 25 detailed by Travel + Leisure in between Triesta in Italy and Tokyo in Japan – it shines in the regional rankings.

In the Africa rankings, Cape Town comes first, followed by Marrakesh in Morocco. Fez and Essaouira, both in Morocco, also feature in the top ten, while Cape Town represents the only city in South Africa.

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