Snoring is not a laughing matter anymore. It can kill you; can make your own life miserable and those around you.
The Puranas were rather unfair to Kumbhakarna, Ravana\’s powerful brother in Ramayana. His perpetual slumber and loud snoring were seen as a mere humor element.
Kumbhakarna image are given to snorers rather unfairly and are taunted as sleepaholics. Now we know that snoring isn\’t a sign of sound sleep. On the contrary, it is the sign of a serious sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
One-third of a lifetime is meant for sleep. That is more than enough reason to pay attention to it, especially when help is so at hand.
Who is Kumbhakarna
Kumbhakarna is an important character in the Hindu epic Ramayana. He is a Rakshas (demon) as well as brother of Ravana, king of Lanka.
Kumbhakarna literally means the person with ears like a pot (Kumbha means pot and Karna means ear).
Kumbhakarna was a giant in size and depicted as large as mountain. Despite his monstrous size and great hunger, Kumbhakarna had an innocent mind and good character though he killed many sages and ate them to show only his power!!!
Kumbhakarna undertook a penance to get the blessings of Lord Brahma. Brahma was pleased with Kumbhakarna and offered him a boon. But that time Saraswati tied his tongue firmly. So instead of asking for Indraasan (sit of Indra) Kumbhakarna uttered Nindraasan (bed for sleep). Brahma granted his request.
Ravana realized that the boon was a curse in reality and so he asked Brahma to undo his boon. In another version of the story Kumbhakarna did another austerity to ask Brahma to take his boon back and make him alert always. Thus Brahma decided that Kumbhakarna would sleep for six months at a stretch and remain awake for another six consecutive months. However when Kumbhakarna woke up from six months sleep he felt very hungry and ate whatever he got in the vicinity including humans. He used to snore very loud while sleeping.