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What a Snore-fest

If you have ever slept next to someone who snores, then you cannot understand the frustration that it causes as you angrily lie in your comfy bed watching the hours roll by without sleep. As well as lack of sleep, you also have the frustration of being annoyed at the person next to you for something they have no control over.

In medical terms, snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. In some cases, the sound can be soft, but in other cases, it can be loud and unpleasant.

A survey that was carried out by the British Snoring and Sleep Apnea Association (BSSAA - a non-profit organisation) found that 40% of the population of England snore. People of all ages snore, but it has been found that twice as many men than women snore and it is more common between the ages of 40-60.

According to the BSSAA, listening to snoring costs 2 years of sleep over a lifetime, creating daytime tiredness, irritability and loss of focus on everyday tasks. This sleep deprivation can cause significant relationship issues, as well as the health effects associated with lack of sleep.

As a snorer, it can be hard to admit that you snore and that it has become an issue within your life and your relationships. People have been known to wake themselves up with their own snoring, effectively disturbing their own sleep with the level of noise they are making. So with it effecting your own sleep as well as those around you, it’s about time to take action!

There are many natural remedies that are said to help the intensity of snoring, and there are even medical operations that are said to stop it completely. It has also been found that snoring can be more serious than an annoyance at bedtime with many snorers being at greater risk of heart problems. The first stop when trying to tackle this issue should be your doctor who can offer expert advice or refer to someone who can help and make sure that your snoring is not a sign of anything more serious.