The sound of snoring
One out of every three people snores. In addition to the potentially harmful effects for their own health, each day the people in their immediate surroundings are also bothered by snoring.
Snoring or ronchopathy is a sound that is produced during sleep by the vibrating soft tissues of the nasal cavity, mouth and throat. Severe snoring activity may be an indication that someone is experiencing brief pauses in their breathing during the night (sleep apnea). These breathing pauses often lead to a waking or near-waking state resulting in major sleep disruptions. Snoring occurs more frequently in men than in women. There are also types of snoring that can’t be prevented, such as the type of sleep apnea in which people hold their breath for very long periods. Those suffering from this type would be wise to see their GP.
brief periods when breathing stops
sleep apnea where breathing stops for long periods
What causes snoring?
When we sleep, our muscles relax, including our tongue and the soft palate of our airway. In some people, the oropharynx (part of the throat cavity) is so narrow that it nearly closes all the way when they inhale. This narrowing causes people to start breathing through their mouths when they sleep.
Because the sleeper’s mouth is open, their tongue slides backwards toward the throat, and this causes the airway to narrow even further. The air passing through the narrow airway causes the uvula and other soft tissue in the mouth and throat to vibrate. This causes the sound made by snoring.
Remedies to stop snoring
Snoring occurs more frequently with people who are overweight; losing weight can help. These days, many people wear mouthpieces that keep their lower jaws forward at night, and there are also others that keep the tongue in a forward position. Behaviour during the day can have a considerable influence on snoring. Because of their muscle-relaxing effect, alcohol consumption and sleep aids can turn a quiet sleeper into a heavy snorer.
The sleeping position can also make a crucial difference; people snore the most when they sleep on their backs. Sometimes, snoring is caused by an underactive thyroid, and can disappear after treatment. Continuous irritation of the throat, from smoking or heartburn also doesn’t help; these people will also be more likely to snore.
Lifestyle rules to prevent snoring?
Do not consume any alcohol two hours before going to sleep. Do not eat a heavy meal right before going to bed. Do not smoke. Aim to reach a good body weight by eating healthy and getting enough exercise.
Try to achieve regularity in your routine so that any sleep aids or sedatives are no longer necessary. Try to avoid sleeping on your back by sewing a tennis or golf ball into your pajamas at shoulder height.
Is Vita Talalay latex biodegradable ?
The natural latex used is biobased and also biodegrades. However, there is no such thing as a foam being biodegradable! Not a memory foam, not a Dunlop latex and not a Talalay. Claims like “biodegradable as an oak leaf” are misleading. Indeed the liquid natural latex rubber itself is biodegradable, but the finished product is not. The reason is that in the process crosslinks are made of the molecules, that can not easily be undone. Which is a good thing: otherwise your bed would be degrading while you are sleeping in it.
Of course, after a long time the particles would get smaller and smaller until you can’t see them anymore. But they are still there: instead of bio-degrading it is deteriorating.
Is Vita Talalay safe without being organic ?
Food can be fully organic. But with a latex mattress that does not make sense. Harvested organic latex always need an addition of some inorganic materials to process it into a latex mattress, topper or pillow. Organic certifications do some traceability of the latex itself but do not trace whether the added inorganic materials (needed to get from liquid to a solid material) are safe. All Vita Talalay is Oekotex 100 Class 1. With Natural Vita Talalay we even have two more certifications that test the end product to be safe. And on top Cradle to Cradle chemists have analysed not only the latex, but also the inorganic additives. It shows that the latex and the additives contains zero harmful materials for the health of humans and the environment.
Where does the latex come from?
Most of our latex is sourced from South East Asia, Thailand.
What is memory foam?
Memory foam is a type of polyurethane foam that has viscoelastic properties. That gives the foam its slow response properties, it remembers the place you have been sleeping.
For Vita Talalay Embrace we have some viscoelastic properties added to the material, showing a better pressure relief and support than with memory foam. Also it still makes it easy to turn while sleeping.