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Cure Snoring-Is Snoring Hereditary

The market for snoring products continues to grow as individuals around the globe battle to get their night-time noises under control. We all know that environmental factors play a big role where snoring is concerned, but have you ever considered that you might have a genetic predisposition that makes you more susceptible to this particular affliction?

In order to cure snoring it is important that we first understand it. A group of Cincinnati-based researchers lead by world-renowned scientist and Paediatric Pulmonologist Dr Maninder Kalra recently found that snoring is, in fact, something that can be passed from one generation to the next. Their study, which included data gleaned from studying 681 children in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, concluded that children who are part of a family in which one or both of the parents snore are three times more likely to suffer from the affliction themselves, when compared to children who have two parents who don’t snore. The study was published in ‘Chest’, a journal of cardiothoracic medicine and pneumology and is currently seen as the foremost resource on the inheritance factor associated with snoring. Further interesting conclusions reached though the course of the study include:

- African-American children are roughly three times more likely to snore than children of other races.
- Children who tested positive for Atopy (an early indicator of asthma and allergies) are twice as likely to snore as those who tested negative.

The potentially dangerous effects of snoring, particularly with regard to children, were listed as follows:

- It is a warning sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, or OSA.
- Sore throats and headaches upon waking.
- Irritability, bad behaviour and a lack of concentration due to insufficient sleep.
- Increased blood pressure and lower blood-oxygen levels due to interrupted air supply.

Dr Kalra recommended that the parents of children who snore habitually take the situation seriously. It is recommended that theyhave their health care practitioner run tests to determine whether or not the child is positive for Atopy and if they are running the risk of developing OSA. These tests are painless and more often than not covered by medical insurance. Once they have this information appropriate action can be taken to control the situation.

Controlling measures may include allergy treatments, snoring mouth guards or other remedies. Treatment is prescribed on a case-to-case basis. Peruse our website to learn more about the snoring products available.

Mercia - 15 Apr 2010