Snoring: Does it matter if there’s no one around to hear you?

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It’s estimated that 25% to 40% of couples sleep apart due to snoring. Snoring has also resulted in divorce and is in fact, cited as the number one medical reason for couples splitting up. However, what if it’s just you in the bed? If you’re the only one in the room, does it matter that you do?

In a word, yes. Absolutely yes. Especially if you’re a frequent snorer. It can have a massive detrimental impact on your health. And here’s how:

 5 Ways that Snoring Interferes with your Health and Wellbeing

  1. It can lead to poor sleep at night. This leads to drowsiness during the day, poor concentration and irritability. It can have knock-on effects for your career, relationships and the safety of others and yourself, especially if you drive or operate machinery. Did you know that more than 100,000 car crashes a year are caused by falling asleep at the wheel, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  2. Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnoea. Those who snore due to this disorder are 40% more likely to die earlier than their peers due to stroke or heart attack. Sleep apnoea is caused by interruptions of breathing whilst you sleep which last from a few seconds to several minutes and is caused by partial or total obstruction of your airway.
  3. It cause put a strain on your heart. Sleep apnoea often results in higher blood pressure which can cause enlargement of the heart. This has associated increased risks of heart attack and stroke.
  4. It can affect your mental well-being. General grumpiness is one end of the spectrum. The other is depression. His study showed that those who reported more daytime sleepiness the greater their chances of also suffering from mild depression or anxiety.
  5. Take a look at your waist-line - are you overweight? Snoring can actually be an indicator of obesity as excess fatty tissue around the throat can obstruct your airway when you lie on your back. Extra weight carries with it a multitude of health issues, from diabetes to joint problems to heart disease.

 Snoring isn’t something to laugh off. It can be an indicator of more serious health problems. If you think you’re a habitual snorer, it’s worth making lifestyle and health changes [link to below article] but also make sure you book an appointment with your GP.

This article is written in association with Asonor, an innovative non-invasive nasal spray that can reduce or stop snoring on first use.

 

8 Ways to Stop Snoring

Snoring is a sleep disorder that can severely affect your health, wellbeing and mental health, even if you don’t share your bed with anyone. You’re more likely to snore as you get older and sometimes the way we’re built can result in snoring. However, by incorporating lifestyle and health changes, snoring can be improved and even prevented.

 

Try these 8 ways to stop snoring:

 

  1. Lie on your side. Sleeping on your back allows the fatty tissue and poor muscle tone to obstruct airways and cause the rasping snoring sound. Lying on your side doesn’t let this happen. Even losing a few pounds can decrease or even stop snoring.
  2. Lose excess weight. Incorporate a healthier diet and get moving more - being overweight or out of shape results in excess fatty tissue around the throat that can cause partial blockage to your airway.
  3. Exercise. This will help with the weight loss but exercising arms, legs and abs also tones the muscles in the throat, keeping them tighter when you sleep.
  4. Keep your nose and throat clear. Use a nasal decongestant before bedtime and if dairy products produce excess mucus, avoid them.
  5. Quit smoking. Smoking irritates the membranes in nose and throat. This in turn can block airways and cause snoring.
  6. Avoid alcohol and sedatives, including sleeping pills. These relax the muscle in the throat and can interfere with your breathing. If you’re worried about what you’re taking, speak with your doctor - some medication may even cause a deep sleep that makes snoring worse.
  7. Establish sleep patterns. Creating a routine before bedtime and sticking with it can help you get a better night’s sleep and will often reduce snoring.
  8. Use Asonor. This innovative, non invasive throat spray works by tightening muscles and has improved 75% of users’ sleep.

If snoring persists, you may have sleep apnoea. 75% of those who do snore suffer from it. This is where breathing stops from between several seconds to minutes, due to a blockage in the throat. Please see your GP immediately.