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Social and health consequences of snoring

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It's not just about the Snorer. Snoring can impact on your partner & family.

Snoring affects the sleep cycle reducing deep, quality restorative sleep which can also affect your partner & family members in the same house who are disturbed by your snoring.   This leads to fragmented and un-refreshing sleep all round, which translates into poor daytime function, relationship difficulties and health consequences.

 Some common social & health issues surrounding snoring:

  • Snorers experience excessive daytime drowsiness, irritability, lack of focus with changes in the level of attention, concentration or memory, morning headaches, dry mouth, lower blood oxygen levels and decreased libido
  • Snoring is number three on the list of reasons for divorce in married couples (only infidelity and finances are blamed before snoring)
  • Snoring is distressing for sleep partners & other family members
  • Sleep deprivation has a negative impact on personal, intellectual & physical performance together with the well-being and quality of life for both the snorer & family
  • Snoring is an embarrassment when travelling with others
  • Snorers can wake at night feeling confused
  • Snorers can have long pauses in breathing during sleep which can be a sign of sleep apnoea  (a sleep specialist is recommended if this is the case).
  • New research has shown that loud snoring can pose serious health risks, the development of carotid artery atherosclerosis, the risk of brain damage and of stroke:-

With such significant side effects to both the snorer and those around them the importance of resolving any snoring issues should not be ‘swept under the rug.’

For a high percentage of snorers surgery may not be required. By simply using an inexpensive mandibular device snoring can be greatly reduced or eliminated all together. While it may take a little time to adjust to sleeping with one, the benefits to you and your loved ones make it well worth the effort.

 

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