Summer is meant to be a time of picnics and barbeques in the sun. Instead, the wettest June in a century is looking likely to continue into July. Never mind the Olympics; I just want a little sunshine. One thing the lack of summer does mean, however, is that you’ll surely be able to sleep. Heat can be oppressive at night, leading to sleepless nights and tired eyes come the morning, so those few hours of cooler air at night can lead to perfect night of rest. Not for some, however. If your partner snores, you’re still going to find it hard to sleep this summer, heat or not.
Almost Half the Population
41.5% of the UK snores. That is a huge, huge figure and a massive jump on the number of snorers back in 1992, just 20 years ago. Does this mean that the last generation didn’t snore? I’m sure you’ve heard stories of parents snoring and grandparents too – snoring also has a habit of running in the family – so why did the figures look like this?
Snoring has become a lot more mainstream in recent years – people care a lot more about whether or not they snore and they want to do something about it. So, whether the figures are different because more people are snoring or not, what can you do to stop that snoring and how long does it take until you and your partner gets a full night’s sleep.
While some people are pre-determined to snore, this can be worsened by a number of factors, one of which is alcohol consumption. Occasional snorers have been known to become regular snorers when they start to drink more, while regular snorers can become louder. So cut down on that alcohol and you’ll help your chances of a full night’s sleep.
Other factors that play a part in snoring are smoking, overeating, lack of exercise and even just sleeping on your back. It’s no surprise that the simplest way to help cut down on your snoring is by becoming healthier in your day to day life. Perhaps, therefore, the figures are a true representation if we also believe that Britain is getting unhealthier.
You’re Too Relaxed
When you go to sleep, the airways in your nose relax naturally, meaning that most people breathe softer and with less force. In some people, however, the airways collapse so far upon themselves that the air has to push past the tissue, causing it to vibrate: producing that lovely snoring sound. This form of snoring can be heightened in those who suffer from allergies and a nasal spray can help, yet there is another reason for snorers too.
If you sleep with your mouth open at night, your tongue can block your airways, causing you to breathe faster or fuller through the soft tissue in your airways. This can cause snoring as well and can be helped with stop snoring aids. Mouth breathers also digest the air in a different manner, which can also cause snoring – the air hits the airways with a lot more force than through the nose. Often, mouth breathing is caused by nasal congestion, in which case simple decongestion treatments could help, yet sometimes more action is required.
If you or your partner snores, the chances are that you’re going to be irritable. Snoring is the number 1 cause of domestic arguments, so you should try to cut it out by trying out a stop snoring aid. While there are hundred on the market, it’s best to try one recommended by the NHS – that way you know it is going to work.
Andy Morley, works for Tower Health in the UK, an althernative health products company who supply various stop snoring aids.