Why snoring can put your health at risk

Snoring InfographicSnoring is a very common problem in the UK and it has been recognised as a social problem for many of years; the actual problems of which Snorers complain centre around disturbing others ‘sleep, poor sleep quality, lethargy and sore throat. Some of the predisposing factors are well-known and include obesity, alcohol and sleeping position. From a English suburban community 1,075 men and women were invited to provide information about their snoring in a ‘snore survey’ questionnaire carried out in 2004 by Sunderland Royal Hospital. From the results it was estimated that 43.75% of the middle aged (30 – 69 years) UK population snore and 41.5% of the UK adult population snore. In another survey by Tom Ford in Detroit, snorers were found to have significantly greater intima-media thickness, thought to be a precursor to atherosclerosis, thickening of the arteries, which can lead to brain haemorrhages, heart attacks and strokes.

It’s not laughing matter

American researchers have found that snoring can lead to a deterioration of your sleep quality leaving you exhausted the next day and increasing the risk of stroke. According to the American Heart Association the evidence is very strong for the relationship between sleep apnea and hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

A quarter of British couples say snoring is ruining their sex lives and it’s cited as the third most common reason for divorce after financial problems and adultery. With 38% of couples saying that their partner’s sleep disorder has caused problems in their relationship it’s many times the reason couples seek relationship counselling.

Understanding Snoring

To understand the problem it’s important to know what snoring actually is. Expert snoring advisor, Richard Tyrell of Snorewizard explains that snoring is the production of sound from the upper aerodigestive tract during sleep. ‘When we sleep, the airways in the head and neck relax and narrow. The resulting restriction in the size of the air passages affects our breathing rate and changes the air pressure, which results in vibrations of soft tissue. The nasal passages, soft palate, tongue, tonsils and uvula have all been found to play a part in creating the sound we call snoring. Evidence suggests that snoring will get worse over time if left untreated as it can cause irreparable damage blood vessels supplying the muscles in the throat.’

Risk factors

Obesity – Extra weight is a risk factor for snoring, although those of us at a healthy weight aren’t immune. Extra weight around the neck can exacerbate the narrowing of the air passages that occurs when we sleep.

Alcohol/tranquilisers – Alcohol is a depressant, meaning it causes the body’s systems to slow down and relax. It causes the muscles involved in snoring to relax more than usual when you sleep, further narrowing the airways and increasing the chances of snoring.

Age – We snore more as we get older. This is perhaps due to a decrease in muscle tone of the soft tissue involved in snoring. Middle-aged men have been found to be the biggest snorers. 60% of men and 40% of women over the age of 60 have been found to snore.

Smoking – Smoking has been found to be a major contributing factor when it comes to snoring, even amongst ex-smokers. Passive smoking could also be linked to snoring. Smoke irritates the lining of the nasal cavity and throat, which leads to swelling, catarrh and therefore, narrowed airways, much the same as when you have a cold.

Medication – Some medications like sedatives or anti-depressants which cause you to relax more than usual have been found to increase the likelihood of snoring.

Nasal or sinus problems – Some of these issues can cause your airways to narrow more than usual.

Eating a large meal or eating near bedtime – Both of these things can cause you to relax more than usual or, with a full stomach you can affect how open your airways are.

What can you do?

Exercise and weight loss are a good start point; sleeping on your side will take pressure off your throat and clearing your nasal passages before bed will minimise obstruction of your air passages. Always seek expert medical advice and try to find out more about some alternative devices available that can help you get a better night’s sleep.

Do you snore?

How do you cope with you snoring partner?

*Post brought to you by Snorewizard.

Giveaway – 3 x The Good Night Anti-Snoring Rings

A few months ago we started our journey with the Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring. It works, and we are both very pleased with it…  You can check my full review here.

The lovely Carolyn from Good Night has provided me with a few extra rings so I can host a giveaway for my readers… so here I have 3 x The Good Night Anti-Snoring Rings to give to you!

One of these can be yours
One of these can be yours

Rules are simple:

Please leave me a blog comment which is snoring related – ideally I am looking for any advice on how to deal with a snorer in the house, if you have none just tell me who this ring will be for.

Additional entries:

1.      1. Become a fan of Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring on Facebook then please leave a comment below telling me that you have done so

2.      2. Follow Good Night in Twitter then please leave a comment below telling me that you have done so

Additional daily entry:

1.       Follow me on Twitter and RT competition message, then please leave a comment below telling me  that you have done so  – I want to  Good Night  from ! 3 to be won! Enter at  Closing date 25-08

Good Luck!

T&C

  1. Open worldwide
  2. One obligatory entry per reader + 2 extra entries + 1 additional extra entry per day allowed
  3. There will be 3 winners. Each winner will receive 1 Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring in the size of their choice
  4. Winners will be picked at random and informed within 7 working days via email or Twitter
  5. Winners will have 7 working days to claim the prize, after this time, a new winner will be selected
  6. Closing day is 25-08-2013 at 23:59pm, an entry made after this time will not be counted

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Updated on 01-09-2013

We have 3 winners!

3 rings of anti-snoring powers go to:

Tiffany Oconnell @toc83

Anthony Harrington @freyerj

and

Lisa Wilkinson @WeeWillWilk

Well done!

Review – The Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring

The Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring
The Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring

Normally when we have something for reviewing we receive it, use it and then we share our opinions about the product in a timely fashion. In this case though, we took our time to extensively test the Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring.

Mark is a snorer (allegedly he demands I say….) but not your ordinary snorer, by ordinary I mean someone who  snores every night so you know exactly what to expect… oh no not my Mark… Mark is difficult, he only snores every now and then. Over the years I discovered that his snoring is connected with tiredness and/or alcohol.  This was also the reason why we took almost 2 months to “test ride” the Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring.

So let’s start from the beginning.

The Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring uses tried and tested principles of acupressure to help you to stop snoring.  It applies light pressure on not one, but two specific points on your little finger. 

This is the most natural, non invasive way of stopping snoring and getting a great night’s sleep for you and your partner, ensuring you awake fresh, invigorated and ready to face the challenges of the next day. 

The Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring is available in 3 different sizes – small, medium and large – it is important to remember when choosing that it is supposed to fit on the small finger, so make sure you purchase the right ring.  You have to be very careful when picking your size as it must fit correctly in order to work. We had a small problem with our sizing – the small ring was just a bit too tight and the medium one was a bit loose, we overcome the problem by adjusting the size of the medium ring to fit Mark’s finger.

Once you order your Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring it will arrive with a leaflet and instructions on how to use it, so there is no need for any research.

The Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring comes in a lovely drawing bag, so you have somewhere to store it during the day. I really like this about the ring; the packaging in this case is important, as I do not have to worry every evening and try to remember where we might have happened to put the ring that morning.

Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring
Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring

Using the ring is extremely easy.

You buy it. You get it. You wear it. That’s all!

Nothing else is required but this one simple task; wear your ring every night.

Correct way of wearing your Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring
Correct way of wearing your Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring

For us it worked from the first night… or at least I think it worked from the start as I have not heard any  snoring sounds in our house for months now. It’s been a blessing. I can have an uninterrupted good night sleep and Mark doesn’t wake up with bruises around his body because I lost it in the middle of the night and tried to wake him up in order for him to stop snoring.

mbqThe Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring costs a mere £30 and can be purchased directly from the Good Night website. Purchasing your ring from this Good Night web site you have no risk because the company offers a 100% Money Back Guarantee if you aren’t happy with the results. All they ask you is that you try and wear it according to instructions for a minimum of 21 days before making your mind up about the product. In some cases the ring might not work from the first night and your body might need an adjusting period.

ring1There are few things to remember while using your Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring:
–    You need to wear the ring in the correct position in order for it to work
–    If you are a heavy snorer you may need to wear 2 rings, one on each little finger
–    For maximum benefit try to wear your ring at least 30 minutes before you sleep
–    Wear your ring only when you sleep and no more than 12 hours a day

If you have any questions about the Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring please check FAQ section on the website or just ask and I will do my best to provide the answers.

I am extremely grateful to Good Night for this fantastic product it has changed my life for the better. We now enjoy a good night sleep more than ever since Mark started to wear the ring. Thank you guys!

 

* Product was provided free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own .