10 Health Reasons to Stop Snoring Now
You may be reading this because you think snoring is noisy and anti-social, but snoring can have serious health consequences. Don’t underestimate the risks of snoring, which can affect your mental and physical health including increased stress, diabetes, high blood pressure and even dementia if not addressed.
What causes snoring?
Snoring can be caused or made worse by obesity, a large tongue and tonsils, the aging process and head and neck shape. Alcohol and smoking are also likely to worsen snoring.
Why is snoring potentially harmful?
Loud frequent snoring is an early sign of and hallmark of sleep apnea - a chronic condition which causes pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. When sleep apnea sufferers fall asleep, they stop breathing for seconds at a time, depriving the brain of oxygen. Chronic lack of oxygen to the brain causes stress and numerous symptoms such as daytime sleepiness, irritability, depression and high blood pressure.
Not sleeping well at night means you are sleepy and less alert in the day. Sleepiness is risk factor for accidents, workplace injuries and clumsiness.
Obesity and Diabetes
If you are unrefreshed and sleep deprived, you tend to crave sugar and carbohydrates which if consumed to excess can lead to obesity and diabetes, which in turn can worsen your snoring and sleep apnea.
Depression and mood changes
Chronic snoring and sleep apnea can affect your mood and cause irritability, tension and anxiety.
Lack of Rapid-Eye Movement (REM) sleep
REM sleep is the restorative phase of sleep and is known to help with improved immunity and memory processing. REM sleep can be disturbed by excessive snoring and sleep apnea.
Over 40 percent of women who say they need a good night’s sleep instead have it interrupted by a snoring partner. A lack of sleep or need for night time separation can lead to resentment and decreased intimacy in relationships.
How to reduce snoring?
Mild snoring may not be actual serious sleep apnea, but the early signs may be there and almost certainly the air occlusion will be affecting your sleep and health.
The control of air pressure in your nostrils and airways with our simple mini-CPAP device can help reduce your snoring, reduce the health risks and give you and your partner a restful night’s sleep.