When ‘like father like son’ becomes a disturbing reality

The Good Life Letter 

14th January 2018

Genetics are a wonderful and amazing topic of study.

Seeing how characters are inherited from your parents and grandparents can prove a fascinating way to connect with our antecedents, plus it can also serve as a guide to how our own lives might develop.

I knew from early on that by the time I was fifty I would share my father’s balding pate for instance and it has provided much joy to share this fact with my own two sons as they pass by with shoulder length locks...

...but last night I discovered that one of my other characteristics has passed on to my beloved offspring.
Unusually for me I had a troubled night and was lying awake well into the early hours.

I hate not being able to sleep.

More than that though I know how a good night’s sleep helps keep me in good health.

When we sleep our bodies have a chance to heal, to unload muscles and to download our thoughts and memories – filing them neatly away in our memory banks.

This means we wake feeling light, refreshed and clear headed – rather than I do now; dull witted, aching and miserable – but I also find myself steeped in shame.

Let me explain.

We are fortunate to be able to live in a house which provides separate bedrooms for all three of our children and the walls are old and solid which means that even when they have their music playing it rarely interferes with anyone else.

But even the solid masonry of Chez Collins could not contain the noise which assaulted my ears.

The sound was akin to someone dragging a bag of pebbles over a corrugated tin roof then squeezing a cat through a mangle – I kid you not. As this sound continued for what seemed like hours I had plenty of time to build my similes I assure you.

I got up and padded around the house trying desperately to locate the source of feline torture, but the further I travelled from the bedroom the quieter the sound got.

Returning to the bedroom I glared accusingly at Lara, but as always, she was sleeping like an innocent barely making a sound.

I walked across to the open window wondering whether the dog had escaped and was beating up a local moggy, but old faithful wasn’t the culprit – this time at least.

As I stood shivering in the morning chill the true cause of the cacophony suddenly dawned on me, and I realised my part in it…

… I had passed my night time affliction on to my eldest son and I resolved to have a quiet word in his ear about doing a few simple breathing exercises to help calm his throat down at night.

Prevent night time roars and bellows the easy way

The truth about night time roaring

Like my father before me I am a snorer.

For many years I rumbled and whistled my way through each and every night, something that in the first throws of love Lara was able to put up with, but as life settled into a more familiar pattern she insisted on a change.

Threatening me with the sanction of separate bedrooms I was told in no uncertain terms to get myself sorted.
Snoring is caused when we relax.

As soon as we go to sleep, our nasal airways loosen up, but for some people when they breathe during sleep,
their airways get so narrow that the nasal passages vibrate from the vocal chords to the roof of the mouth.

The sound of snoring can be worsened by sleeping on your back, having a nasal obstruction such as that caused by asthma or hay fever, or being out of condition.

You may believe that when I say ‘out of condition’ I’m referring to being overweight or unfit, but I’m actually referring to a very specific and misunderstood group of muscles.

This was what I discovered when I began to research natural remedies for snoring.

You see I learnt the benefit of toning up the small muscles at the back of the throat by using a specialised breathing trainer.

This discovery came from a piece of research I did in to a serious condition called sleep apnoea, which is basically the very worst type of snoring, but one that can actually be fatal.

Surprisingly I discovered that didgeridoo players never snore or suffer from sleep apnoea and this had been proven scientifically.

Read all about this discovery and a link to the research piece here

The snorers guide

Not all snoring is from the same cause it seems, so it is worth working out what type of snorer you are.

A few years ago the BBC did a programme about snoring as part of their Inside Out series. Here’s their classification:

  • Mouth breathers - Open mouth and try to snore. Close mouth and try again. If you can't, you're a mouth breather and this will create more tension on the smooth muscle in the pharynx.
  • Collapsed nostril snorers - Close mouth and one nostril and breathe. If it collapses, try again holding open with clean matchstick.
  • Tongue based snorers - Poke your tongue out as far as you can and grip it with your teeth. Try to snore and see if you can make a noise. If the noise is reduced, you're probably this type and will benefit from breathing exercises.
  • Unhealthy lifestyle snorers - If your collar size is 17 inches or more you are at a greater risk of snoring, and interestingly this is when muscle tone in the throat is most relevant.

I hope you have a good night’s sleep... especially a quiet one!

Take the natural approach to prevent snoring – train yourself quiet

Yours, as always




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