Have you ever considered that a recent argument with your spouse could simply be the result of sleep deprivation caused by his or even perhaps your heavy snoring? In some recently published research The National Sleep Foundation found that more than one-third of respondents felt that their partner’s sleep disorder caused regular relationship problems, either at home or with their work colleagues. “Severe snoring markedly disturbs the partner’s sleep, causing irritability, anger and depression.”
But it doesn’t end just there, and you should consider why you or your partner snore, and make determined efforts to eliminate the problem as soon as you possibly can, because it can signal some serious health problems too. If your snoring is more severe, it could even be diagnosed as sleep apnoea, a sleep disorder in which your breathing stops and starts repeatedly throughout the night without you being aware of it.
Heavy snoring, and particularly cases of sleep apnoea, has been closely related to numerous serious health problems. These links have both been researched thoroughly at a number of the world’s leading Universities, Hospitals and Sleep Centres, and the findings seem to leave no doubt as to the close relationship – although in some cases the experts are unsure if it’s ‘a chicken or egg’ situation. Does snoring cause the problem? Or is the problem caused by the snoring? In some cases they are still unsure.
The most worrying part is that many people ignore their snoring and treat it as a simple and lighthearted matter. They are often totally unaware how serious a problem it can be. Heavy snoring, in its various forms, remains very dangerously undiagnosed and untreated, so if you snore, think about taking steps to resolve it. Take professional help and advice from either your GP or your Dentist, both of whom can help you find the remedy, which may be as simple as a NHS recommended mouthpiece to be worn at night.
High blood pressure is common today and is significantly more likely to develop with patients who are suffering from sleep apnoea, which increases the likelihood of abnormal heart rhythms and cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and strokes.
In addition, research has shown that sleep apnoea patients are nine times more likely to develop diabetes and other strong links have also been found to a higher incidence of colorectal cancer due to the longer hours of sleep being required by the apnoea sufferer.
Quite recently, Alzheimer’s disease has also been discussed as being closely connected to heavy snoring and sleep apnoea, conditions which become more common as people age. Although the research is as yet preliminary, scientists found that seniors who have signs of disrupted breathing during their sleep were much more likely to have the key indicators of developing Alzheimer’s disease, underlining a link between sleep, aging and memory.
A similar situation exists with asthma, particularly childhood asthma, which may lead on to sleep apnoea. For each 5-year increment in duration of asthma research showed that the likelihood of a person developing obstructive sleep apnoea shows an increase of 12%. Children who suffer may also have poor performance in school. Their typical development may be strained and it can also lead to major behavioural problems.
Chronic headaches are also linked to snoring and this can be a highly distressing and disabling condition. Researchers at the National Institute on Aging believe they have new insight into this condition. It’s not clear whether headaches cause snoring, or whether snoring leads to headache. If the latter turns out to be the case, then curing the snoring – which is perfectly feasible – might also cure the headache.
Obviously people who snore heavily and suffer from disturbed sleep patterns may experience tiredness throughout their whole day and that can lead to emotional issues like irritability as described earlier – and this is very dangerous. It can lead to focus problems too. Some people might even fall asleep while working – or even when driving.
When a person doesn’t get the correct amount of sleep at night their body will insist upon receiving sleep at some point. Excessive daytime sleepiness can lead to falling sleep while driving or operating machinery. People that are suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea, that is left severe and untreated, are 15 times more likely to get into a car crash. Until you are treated for your heavy snoring you need to be sure that it’s safe.
In conclusion, don’t ignore your snoring problem, or that of your partner. If either of you snore, think about taking some steps to resolve it – it’s fast, inexpensive, and easy to do so – and it could even save your life.
John Redfern spent 15 years at leading London Advertising agencies working on many international products and markets, before moving into a consultancy role, and he has long experience of writing on important matters of personal health. John has had in-depth involvement in a broad spectrum of subjects in this area, covering all possible age groups.
Through his work as a consultant to SleepPro, John has acquired an in-depth knowledge of snoring and sleep apnoea, and the many serious health problems with which they are so closely associated.
In addition, he has spent time developing projects for the NHS, some major educational groups and authorities, and various voluntary organisations and manufacturers whose aim is to focus on family health, fitness and well-being.
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