Snoring Undermines Your Partner's Health

Dec 27, 2007
People who snore do not only weaken their quality of life, but also shorten their partner's sleep by two years during their lifetime.

Research conducted by the University of Surrey found that those who sleep next to a snorer, sacrifice their quality of life, losing one hour of sleep on average each day.

Snoring affects partners' sleep, often waking them up and breaking their sleep. As a result, the partners of the snorers do not have enough sleep and feel exhausted in the morning. Numerous studies proved that lack of sleep may increase the risk of heart disease, strokes and high blood pressure.

Snoring occurs when something blocks the flow of air through your mouth and nose. The snoring sound results from vibrations of the tissues of the mouth, nose and throat.

Snoring is potentially harmful for bedroom partners because it lasts for years, it makes them feel exhausted physically and mentally. The snorer has to realize the problem and make some efforts to reduce its harmful effect.

More than one third of people, mostly men, suffer from snoring. Men usually consider snoring natural and unintentional, while women tend to feel embarrassed if they are told about their nocturnal nuisance. Some couples who live together long enough, get used to snoring of their partner, while others are disturbed by partner's sounds every night and do not feel enough courage to wake them up.

Snoring can be also a sign of sleep apnea, a serious condition when a person's breathing stops for more than 10 seconds, while he or she is sleep.

Specialists recommend to change some habits like losing weight if a person is overweight, reduce alcohol consumption before sleep and avoid sleeping on the back, and in some cases, a surgery may help.

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