COVID-19 lockdown effect: Snoring increased in major cities of India by 20 per cent
Mumbai: There are so many ways in which our lives have been affected badly by the spread of the novel coronavirus. Now one more joins the list. It could be making us snore more.
Have you recently noticed that yours or your partner's snoring is worse? Well, there might be a reason for that. According to health experts, this could be due to the lockdown.
The expert believes the limitations we are currently continuing could also be leading to physical restrictions with our breathing. Other factors of snoring include emotional factors, diet, the increased strain of working from home to name a few.
Over the past few months, a hospital in Mumbai is witnessing 10 to 20 per cent increase in patients of sleep deprivation and dizziness. Dr Hardik Thakkar, Consultant MD Physician, Infectious Disease Specialist of Apex Hospital said, "Dizziness and excess body weight are linked to each other because dizziness causes insufficient sleep. Inadequate sleep reduces the body's strength and leads to an unhealthy appetite. Consuming fast foods helps increase in weight.”
According to one study, 25 to 30 per cent people in major cities have increased their weight leading to more snoring.
Dr Sanjay Tarlekar, Director, Shushrusha Heart Care and Multispeciality Hospital said, "Those who snore more have high-risk death. Snoring is associated with many health problems. Snoring leads to an increase in obesity which can cause narrowing of the blood vessels. This leads to a heart attack and another risk of health irregularities.”
HOW TO AVOID SNORING
· One must try to lose weight if they are overweight.
· One must try sticking a tennis ball to the back of your sleepwear.
· Ask your partner to use earplugs if your snoring affects their sleep.