If you’ve got partner who snores every night, not only is it annoying, it could be damaging your health, according to a new study.Read More...
The piece of scientific research is catchily titled ‘Snoring: a source of noise pollution and sleep apnea predictor’ and it argues that snoring is a ‘potential source of noise pollution in the bedroom that can degrade the quality of sleep in bed partners’.
Now, that might not seem like too much of a cause for concern, but noise exposure while you’re trying to sleep is a well-known risk factor that can bring about other negative health effects.
So, if you’re sleeping next to a prolific loud snorer, you’re being exposed to levels of noise that are – the study claims – unhealthy.
In fact, with regards to the noise pollution, the paper states: “Noise pollution in excess of 53 dB(A) [decibels] has been associated with adverse cardiovascular events in exposed populations.”
In their experiment, they discovered that 14 percent of participants were snoring over 53 decibels. 66 percent were over 45.
The research claims: “Current evidence suggests that accumulated nocturnal exposure to snoring can thus contribute to the development and/or progression of cardiovascular disease in both the snorer and bed partner.”
That cardiovascular stress can lead to all sorts of things. According to the NHS, it puts pressure on vital organs – not just your heart – such as the kidneys, the brain, and – bizarrely enough – your eyes.
This is because it raises the blood pressure, which can also lead to health complications such as strokes and heart attacks.
Stats from the British Heart Foundation earlier this year suggest high blood pressure is the highest cause of heart and circulatory disease in the UK.
They said: “In the UK, it’s estimated that six to eight million people are living with undiagnosed or uncontrolled high blood pressure.”
The folks behind this study are a group of specialists from the Sleep Research Society, headquartered in Darien, Illinois.
They took a group of self-admitted snorers and gave them not only a standard health once-over, but also a laboratory-based polysomnography.
Unless you’re a sleep doctor, that’s where they measure a load of factors such as blood oxygen, brainwaves and heart rate during your sleep to see how well you’re doing.
So, if you’re a snorer, maybe it is time to invest in some breathing strips, or get it checked out by the doctors.
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