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Snoring is a common problem. It occurs when the flap of muscular tissue at the back
of the throat known as the soft palate vibrates irregularly.
It affects one's ability
to breathe through the nose and can be brought on by various factors such as diet,
your breathing, stress levels, and the physical environment.
Often people can't remember
when they started to snore but it seems to be more common as people get older and
as they gain weight. Women often find it gets worse during the menopause.
very least it can be embarrassing but it can also be very dangerous. People who snore
tend not to get quality sleep and are often tired and lethargic. It can make driving
and operating machinery precarious.
Snoring can also put a tremendous strain on relationships
and many married couples have had to resort to separate bedrooms just to survive.
Apparently it is the third biggest reason why couples split up.
My autistic son snores
- not all the time but sufficiently often to make you glad you're not sharing a room
Much of his problem is that he sleeps on his back and it is much worse
when he has a cold or hayfever.
Last year we took him away for a festival of inclusion
weekend for people with disabilities. We stayed in what was generously described
as a "Youth Hostel".
Actually it was the same troop accommodation used during the
second world war and apart from indoor toilets and showers not much appeared to have
However, groups from three different regions stayed there and men and women
were supposed to sleep in different chalets. In order for you to appreciate the problem
with this arrangement you have to understand that the very nature of the weekend
meant the people there had diverse special needs.
The carers of course were okay, but one group made up entirely of men were cared
for by two women. Obviously, this created problems as far as supervision at night
was concerned so the more able male in that special needs group was assigned the
role of supervisor.
He, however had major problems himself, and was also having a
passionate relationship with a female member of the same special needs group. Let's
just say his mind was on other things!
Anyway, the group my son was in, together
with this other group of men were placed in the same chalet. It was the hottest weekend
of the year and one particular chap refused to have the doors or windows open.
had a limited repertoire and in his monotone voice he repeatedly told anyone who
would listen, "I don't like moths". As he had the bunk closest to the door he made
sure none got in and the room remained hot and airless. It was uncomfortable to say
There were fourteen bunk beds in each chalet and some of the men were big chaps.
The one who slept directly opposite to my son had severe learning problems and was
He also suffered from nightmares and requested one of our carers to wake
him up if he had one.
On the first night he did which was actually a good thing because
it meant that he'd been asleep. On the second night, however, things were much different.
Throughout the day the groups had enjoyed various activities in the heat of the sun
and during the evening they'd attended an ABBA tribute band concert. Everyone had
thoroughly enjoyed themselves and had a great time. It was late when they returned
to the stuffy, uncomfortable accommodation.
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The chap who suffered from nightmares was very sunburned. Obviously no-one had thought
to apply any sun protection on him throughout the day. Also, he'd been drinking and
was very distressed because he couldn't find his inhaler. It took some time before
he was ready to settle down to sleep.
My son on the other hand had no such problems
and was soon horizontal snoring loudly.
The chap who up to that point had been like
a gentle giant changed dramatically and when his requests for my son to stop snoring
fell on deaf ears he leapt out of his bunk armed with a pillow saying he was going
to "Kill" him.
He most likely would have too if the leader of our group didn't happen
to come in the room just at that moment with a replacement for the chap's missing
Realising what he's almost done the chap was horrified and spent the rest
of the night in the coffee area where it was quieter.
Meanwhile, my son snored on
blissfully unaware how close he had been to dying.
So you see - snoring can seriously
damage your health!
Note From Jean
One of the things about most people with autism is the lack of empathy they have
towards other people.
It means they have difficulty understanding emotions and how
others feel so it really doesn't bother Jodi at all that he snores.
Snoring can be
dangerous to health but there are natural, healthy and effective ways to cure snoring
permanently. I have purchased ane-bookwhich I can recommend although it hasn't
helped Jodi. This is not becausethe information inside isn't valuable but simply
because Jodi doesn't see the need to apply it.
However, if you want to find a natural,
healthy and effective way to cure snoring permanently then I recommend you read The
Stop Snoring Exercise Program. It's a 43 page e-book which not only helps diagnose
the underlying cause for your personal snoring but also shows various exerises you
can follow to cure it.
There are seven different programs to follow depending on
the amount of time you have to spare each day and they include:-