KUCHING: Snoring can be lessened by reducing weight, stopping smoking and sleeping on the side.
Skinny people who snore should refrain from taking alcohol and sedatives before sleeping, and not sleep flat on their backs.
According to Dr Sow Aye Jane from the Ear, Nose Throat and Neck Surgery Department of Normal Medical Centre, the overweight are more prone to snoring as fat would press on their throats so maintain a healthy body mass index and avoid alcohol and smoking.
“Snoring is the result of the vibration of respiratory structures and irregular air flow caused by a blocked passageway, including tissues at the top of airways touching each other,” Dr Sow explained during a talk on ‘Do You Snore? Do You Often Feel Tired?’ at the State Library yesterday.
Snoring can cause sleep deprivation to the snorer as it interrupts with his sleep, his partner’s and others around him.
She said common among the elderly and the overweight, snoring can impair one’s lifestyle so it was important to lead a healthy lifestyle.
More than 50 people attended the talk held by the State Library to make the public aware of the importance of lifestyle.