Snoring noise and sleep disturbance - is it a threat to our health?
National Stop Snoring Week is approaching later this month. The sound of snoring is irritating and annoying and can lead to sleep deprivation for your partner. But snoring can also cause a number of health problems, including damage to your oral health. See our previous blog called ‘Is snoring damaging your teeth?’.
We all know how it feels if we have not had a good night's sleep - we feel tired and sleepy all day, bad-tempered, lacking concentration, and generally irritable. Your partner is likely to be disturbed by your snoring and therefore experiences some of these symptoms every day.
Research has consistently found that exposure to noise above 40dB can have a negative effect on all areas of our wellbeing.
Noise at night has become a major problem, and many people consider that a good night's sleep is a basic human entitlement essential for maintaining good health. Indeed, sleep is so important that the World Health Organisation (WHO) document several categories of adverse health and social effects from noise.
Symptoms of being subjected to loud noise over a period of time:
Mental health problems;
Negative social behaviour; and
A negative impact on body systems such as hormonal release, glucose regulation and cardiovascular function - leading to overall poor health.
Evidence has shown that the louder the noise, the worse the sleep.
Some people who sleep next to their snorer every night try to sleep through the noise and ignore it. However, it has been shown that although you may sleep through the night, the quality of sleep will be much reduced, and you will not feel as refreshed in the morning as you should.
Noise tends to reduce our deep refreshing sleep to shallower sleep and will also reduce dreaming sleep. Some partners find themselves relocating to the spare room in the middle of the night in order to get a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.
So how can these issues be resolved?
The snorer must acknowledge the problem and take steps to resolve it. Snoring will not go away - it will only get worse if not addressed.
Self-help remedies - see http://www.britishsnoring.co.uk for help & information.
If you cannot resolve the snoring through self-help remedies, seek professional help to find the cause and appropriate treatment.
Snoring is something that you can explore with your dentist who may be able to adjust the bite of your teeth or recommend an appliance to ease your snoring.
If your mouth is not as healthy as you would like it to be, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly dental team. You can make an appointment by calling 0151 65 910 65 or using our online contact form.