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Is your partner’s snoring keeping up at night? Well you’re not alone. A study performed in the United Kingdom has revealed that the average person loses two years of sleep if they have a snoring partner. Women tend to be more subjected to this because snoring affects 40% of all men.

WHY IS HE SNORING?

Snoring is a noise produced when an individual’s breathing during sleep causes forceful vibrations of the soft palate and uvula (that thing that hangs down the back of your throat), which comes out as snoring sounds through the mouth and/or nose..

Here are some of the more common reasons why your partner is snoring.

  • Allergies, colds and sinus infections can cause blockages in the nasal passages, causing snoring
  • Your partner may have a deviated septum, meaning the tissue and cartilage that separates the two nostrils in the nose may be crooked.
  • Enlarged/swollen tonsils or adenoids (glands located inside of your head near the inner parts of your nasal passages that trap harmful bacteria) may become very big and swollen and cause a person to snore.

SLEEP APNEA

Snoring can also be a symptom of a more serious sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. When a person has sleep apnea, his or her breathing becomes irregular during sleep. He may actually stop breathing for short amounts of time (clinically defi ned as 10 seconds or longer) during the night.

It can be a big problem if the person is continuously deprived of oxygen, because that means he never gets enough sleep at night.

This can lead to problems at work and in personal relationships, causing irritability, daytime sleepiness and increased risk of accidents (e.g. driving, operating machinery on the job). This impaired mental function, with diminished attention and vigilance, leads to poorer school or work performance.

Over time there are physical health consequences as well. These include increased risk of heart disease, weight gain, tendency to develop diabetes, depression, and ultimately a shorter lifespan. In children and adolescents, lack of sleep impairs normal growth and development, leads to behavioural disturbances and more mood disorders like depression.

Someone should seek help if he has the following symptoms aside from snoring:

  • Wakes up during the night choking and gasping for breath
  • Does not feel refreshed when he wakes up
  • eels extremely tired during the day
  • Constantly waking with a headache
  • Has weight gain not accounted for by
  • Has trouble concentrating, remembering, or
    paying attention
  • His bed partner notices breathing pauses during sleep

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