Do you or someone you know snore during the night? Having to deal with a person who snores can be a huge pain in anyone’s side. But if you are the person who snores, you may not be aware or know that it is bothersome to others around you. The effects of snoring are two-fold. Not only can it be a sign of a more significant disorder, sleep apnea, it can wreak havoc on personal relationships.
Now to be fair, since a person whom snores is not aware of this loud disturbance, treat them no differently than you would someone who doesn’t snore. For the most part, it is out of their control. Snoring is caused by blockage of the airway. When sleeping, tissue in the throat begins to relax as your body relaxes. The deeper the sleep, the more relaxed a person becomes. This blockage is what causes the loud “snores.”
Snoring can also cause disturbances in the snorer’s sleep. Have you ever snored so loudly that you woke yourself up? It is not a common occurrence to do so, but regardless of if you remember waking up, the loud noise created from the blocked airway can also pull you out of a deep sleep. When you are not able to fully cycle through all of the sleep stages, you may wake up feeling tired, stressed and irritable.
If you are still turning a cold shoulder to the person who snores, also take into account it could be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that can result in death. Since this isn’t a sleep apnea article, if you would like to know more about sleep apnea, causes and symptoms, please feel free to read this article: Sitting Directly Linked to Sleep Apnea.
Aside from the impacts on health, snoring can destroy personal relationships, more so the romantic kind. If you haven’t been kept up at night for any reason at all, losing sleep several nights in a row and not being able to control the situation becomes overly frustrating and can make you very irritable. Lashing out at the person who is causing your lack of sleep can lead to a rocky relationship. Sleep is as important for your well-being as it is for maintaining a good relationship. Snoring can actually make a person resent you for your loud noises. Yes, they may understand it is something you cannot control but you also need to understand the power of sleep deprivation. The best way to patch a rocky relationship due to disturbances during sleep is to schedule an appointment with your doctor, and sleep in separate rooms until more information about the condition is available and possible treatment options are put on the table.
Other than health and personal relationship issues, snoring can cause problems with work and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Sleep deprivation and exhaustion can cause a person to become unfocused and lose motivation to exercise. When you are tired you also tend to eat more, and weight gain may increase your snoring. When snoring causes sleep deprivation, it may affect your work performance negatively, as well as cause to you gain weight. If this is the case, you will see an increase in your stress levels, which will have even more negative impacts on your health and well-being. This may become somewhat of a vicious cycle for snorers.
To help ease your mind, a sleep study can be done to determine what may be the cause for the snoring and will provide options to help remedy it. Whether it is due to a sleep disorder or another precursor for health related issues, finding out what is causing you to snore will help you figure out how to stop snoring.