Snoring: What It Says About Your Health
In a study published in the International Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, researchers studied 60 patients who were simple snorers and 60 patients who suffered from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), a condition that can cause people to temporarily stop breathing during sleep. Over a period of three months, half of the group participated in a series of singing exercises, while the other half of the group did nothing. At the end of the study, the singing group experienced a significant reduction in snoring and an improvement in sleep quality compared to those in the control group, who experienced no change. According to researchers, the singing exercises may help strengthen the weak muscles in the soft palate and upper throat area responsible for causing both snoring and OSA, Medical Xpress reported. Overall, researchers say this new treatment could be a great therapeutic option for the millions of people experiencing sleep disruptions due to snoring and OSA though more changes would be needed to completely eliminate the problem.
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Snoring blamed for most Saudi divorces
One of the best ways to tackle sleep apnea is to avoid snoring in the first place. While there is no exact cure, there are some methods that can be put into place to alleviate your snoring. Sleeping with your head propped up by pillows can help keep your head elevated during sleep, which can prevent snoring. Overweight men should look into shedding excess pounds to reduce the pressure placed on the airways during sleep. Taking the necessary steps to follow a steady sleep routine can also help you sleep better.
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The main factor is snoring by husbandsalmost 80 per cent of the divorces in the Kingdom are requested by the wives because of snoring by their husbands, Alyoum Arabic language daily said, quoting an unnamed Saudi Islamic scholar. The other main factors are the external appearance of husbands at home, lack of romance and the influence of foreign media and movies on womens attitudes. Figures by the Ministry of Justice showed there were around 34,490 divorce cases in Saudi Arabia in 2012, nearly a quarter of the total marriages. In some years, the worlds dominant oil supplier had an average one divorce every half an hour, one of the highest divorce rates in the world. Official data showed that in 2010, the Kingdom recorded 18,765 divorces, a rate of more than 35 per cent of the marriages. This is far above the international rate of between 18 and 22 per centin some years, it exceeded 40 per cent in the Kingdom, said Sheikh Saeed Al Yousuf, head of courts in the northeastern Saudi town of Tabuk. In a recent report, the Saudi news network Alarabiya quoted a scholar as saying the introduction of Misyar marriage was a key cause for the surge in divorce rates.
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