HEALTH BEAT 11-1-2002

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November 2002
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Silent Night, Holy Night

Snorers take note: Those night sounds are far louder in the confines of an airplane cabin than in a bedroom. So, while you might be glad to get some sleep en route, have a little mercy on your fellow travelers.

Snoring occurs when air forced through the upper nasal passages vibrates the soft palate and surrounding structures in the throat.

Several over-the-counter remedies exist for sleep-time serenaders. Adhesive strips applied to the outside of the nose hold open passages to help reduce noise. Also, antisnoring nasal sprays help to keep air flowing smoothly, but long-term use should be monitored by a physician. Losing weight, stopping smoking and reducing alcohol intake all have been shown to help end snoring.

Snorers who take long pauses between breaths and wake up gasping might be suffering from sleep apnea, a serious disorder that requires medical attention. For more information, visit


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