Does your partner complain that you snore, or does your partner keep you awake with his or her loud snoring? Do you wake up fatigued and headachy, feeling like your sleep didn’t make you any more rested than before? Snoring is a result of restricted breathing capacities, and without getting enough oxygen while you sleep, you will be feeling fatigued, rather than rested. So what is snoring? Snoring is more than an embarrassing and annoying quirk – it affects your quality of sleep and even shortens your life span, and it can even be lethal!
What is snoring?
Snoring is caused by restrictions of the breathing cavity, as when you lie down your throat can fall flat, leaving very little room for air to pass in and out of your mouth. This causes your air intake to be in shallow little sips of air that your makes your body try to draw in as much oxygen as possible. As you try to breathe the air in, it rushes past the edges of your breathing cavity, vibrating them, and makes that loud and disturbing sound that keeps others around us awake at night. The restricted breathing capacity means that your body is getting too little oxygen and struggling for every breath, which affects your blood pressure and organs, including your skin. The human body is very dependent on true and deep sleep, as it boosts the immune system, proper moods, and alertness during the day. Poor sleep caused by your sounds also means your loved one feels unrested, and both yours and their quality of life is lessened.
Can snoring kill you?
So snoring is inconvenient and makes you sleep poorly, but can it really be lethal? In some cases, yes. Snoring has been documented to cause strokes due to the vibrations in your throat. The vibrations affect blood passing through in tiny little blood vessels, and stops them from flowing smoothly, creating a blockage. This blockage eventually builds until the blood flow to the brain is cut off, which is how a stroke happens. If your brain isn’t getting blood, a part of it dies (known as a stroke), and if more and more dies, so do you.
What causes snoring and what can you do about it?
Causes of snoring include:
Dust mites and allergens in your pillow and mattress that irritate your breathing canal, causing it to close up in defence. This also happens when you have an irritated through from a cold or flu, or any respiratory infection. If you don’t have an infection, the cause is most likely an old pillow that’s simply filled with old skin cells and hair (which is what dust mites feed on) and dust mites, all impeding your breathing.
Your posture in bed causes snoring:
If your sleeping posture is incorrect, you will restrict the soft tissues in your throat. Wrong posture would be when your head is too much higher than your chest, causing your chin to be chin pressed against your collarbone, forcing a small amount of air through the small breathing canal that you have. This posture mainly caused by the small of your back not being supported by your mattress, which may be old and sagging or simply too firm for your body type, or by having pillows that are too high: one supportive pillow is enough to keep your head correctly elevated.
Solutions for snoring:
Get a mattress and pillow that are resistant to dust mites and are breathable so that your sweat does not settle in the mattress and attract bacteria and other allergens. Such mattresses include all of the Silentnight mattress range due to the silver woven into their organic fabric mattress covers which kills bacteria, dust mites and bed bugs, or Cloud Nine and Genessi Latex mattresses which are naturally antibacterial. Pillows with memory foam and latex will also be anti-bacterial, as well as keeping your head in the right posture.
Make sure your pillow isn’t too high for your head, forcing it down and restricting your throat, but that’s soft and moulds to the contours of your neck, like The Mattress Warehouse’s latex and memory foam pillows. If you are sleeping with 2 pillows, chances are, they are not supporting your head adequately and the height of both is causing your snoring.
To keep the right sleeping posture, make sure your lower back is supported with a mattress that conforms to and supports the curves of your body and different weight displacements. There are a variety of choice for mattresses. For instance, this could be a Simmons pocket coil, which responds individually to your body weight. Rest Assured bonnel coil beds with foam toppings are very comfortable and supportive, as well as having long life spans. Silentnight memory foam mattresses contour around your body, making sure that you’re supported and your circulation can work freely.
If your current mattress is over 10 years old, it’s time for it to be replaced. No matter the quality of a mattress, after about 10 years of use it stops supporting your body efficiently, and it’s no longer hygienic, being filled with dust mites and your body’s waste. Consider a new one that suits the you of now and not 10 years ago, and that will keep your back supported and keep you from snoring.
Also remember that while replacing your pillow and mattress can do a great deal towards addressing the problem of your snoring, you should also seek qualified medical help if it persists.
To buy a new mattress or pillow, or get advice on what to bed to look at when making a choice between foam, coils, and different firmness feels. Call The Mattress Warehouse 0861 007 000 today and let us help you to stop snoring and sleep peacefully and restfully. We may even save your life!