We can all agree that sharing a bed with someone can be both a blessing and a curse. Whilst you want to be with your loved one as much as possible, it becomes increasingly harder when your partner is a snorer.
Whilst this is completely out of their control, meaning you can’t be upset with them for it, it does still completely take control of your life.
This is a common condition but is known to affect your sleeping pattern a significant amount if your partner is a snorer.
More than a quarter of the population in the UK is affected by snoring.
So, what exactly is snoring?
In essence, snoring is simply the vibration of the soft tissue that is in your head and in your neck when you inhale. It usually affects the nasal passages, the soft palate (the soft layer of tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth), the base of your tongue, your tonsils and your uvula.
What are the general causes of snoring?
When you’re asleep, the airways in your head and in your neck start to relax. When the airways start to narrow, it increases the speed at which you breathe outwards and as a result, it changes the air pressure in your airways.
If left untreated, it is thought that your snoring can get increasingly worse over time.
Can anything increase your risk of snoring?
Sadly, there is a range of things that can increase the risk of you snoring. Here are just a few:
- Obesity – if you have a lot of fat around your neck area, then you are more likely to snore
- Alcohol – if you drink alcohol before you sleep then the muscles in your body are more likely to be relaxed. This means that your airways are likely to be more narrow, meaning you will snore louder/more often.
- Smoking – by smoking, you are causing your airways to be a lot more inflamed than usual. That means that your airways are a lot more narrow, which results in snoring.
So, what are some of the solutions for this?
There is actually no complete cure for snoring. Many people visit their GP when they feel their snoring is taking over their lives and their sleeping pattern.
The first thing that doctors tend to suggest is that people should start making lifestyle changes – especially to try and lose weight. This is one of the main causes of snoring.
Not only this, but there is also a range of different anti-snoring devices that are available on the market that are designed to stop you making as much noise – from nasal strips to mouth guards.
If none of these work, then the very last resort that doctors would go about recommending is surgery. The operation involves tightening or even in some cases actually removing the soft tissue that is responsible for causing the snoring.
However, the reason it is only recommended in the worst case scenario is that it only tends to halt the problem for a few years. Not only this, but there is a huge host of side effects as well.
What is an anti-snoring pillow?
If you are a snorer, or your partner is, then you will know that there are a huge range of different products on the market to help stop snoring.
One of the newest things to be sold on the high street is the anti-snoring pillow.
But, what makes this any different to any normal pillow?
Well, this smart pillow can actually track the intensity of your snoring every night. It has a decibel-tuned microphone in the pillow which then vibrates very gently if your snoring reaches a pre-set level.
This means that even though you are asleep, you are encouraged to shift your sleeping position which will clear your airways more.
There are other anti-snoring pillows out there that claim to reduce how much you snore by simply being more supportive for your head.
Statistically, how suffers from snoring the most?
Well, in reality, there is no exact science as to who suffers from snoring the most.
Anyone can suffer from snoring and there is a whole range of different reasons why. From babies, all the way to the elderly – people of all ages suffer from it.
According to statistics released by the NHS, around one in four people throughout the UK actually admit to snoring on a regular basis.
It is known to affect children, yet the age range that suffers most from this are people between 40 and 60 years old. Both men and women suffer from this, however, men are twice as more likely to snore than their partners.