Peace and Family Harmony at Christmas

Snoring doesn’t just interfere with the snorer’s sleep. When it comes to couples, one person’s snoring often means sleep trouble for two. And it isn’t only sleep that can suffer. Snoring can put great strain on relationships. A snoring problem often creates not only tiredness but also frustration and resentment between couples. It can interfere with sexual and emotional intimacy, and can push couples to sleep in separate bedrooms.

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There are many good reasons to treat snoring, including restoring sleep quality, guarding against risks to health and improving your daytime functional efficiency, but protecting the happiness and intimacy of your relationship is another important reason to treat a snoring problem.

How can snoring cause so much trouble within a relationship? Snoring, a form of sleep-disordered breathing, interferes with sleep quality and sleep quantity, both for the person who snores, and, often, for the person who sleeps with a snorer. Poor quality and insufficient sleep interfere with our thinking skills and judgment. Lack of sleep can make us irritable and short-tempered. Poor sleep diminishes our ability to manage conflict well, increasing negative feelings and reducing our ability to empathize. Lack of sleep has been shown in scientific research to make couples feel less appreciative of each other, and to experience greater feelings of selfishness. Sound like a recipe for relationship difficulties? It is.

What’s more, the noise of the snoring itself can become a focal point of both frustration and shame within the dynamic of a couple’s relationship. The person who is kept awake, or who has to shuffle off to the spare bedroom in the middle of the nigh, may grow to feel resentful of his or her snoring partner. The snorer, meanwhile, often feels guilty, ashamed, and helpless about their noisy, disruptive sleep. These feelings can be a real source of irritation and isolation for even very loving couples.

It’s no surprise that snoring often sends couples to separate bedrooms in search of undisturbed rest. Some couples may find that sleeping apart suits them well, and doesn’t diminish their feelings of closeness. But many couples very much want to sleep together — but can’t, because of a snoring issue. Sleeping apart can interfere with intimacy – both sexual and emotional. Couples may find themselves having sex less often when they’re regularly sleeping apart. Partners also may miss the physical closeness of sleeping together, and the emotional bond that it confers for many people.

Estimates vary, but recent studies and surveys indicate that anywhere from 25 per cent to 40 per cent of couples regularly sleep in separate bedrooms.

It doesn’t need to be this way. Tending to a snoring problem can pave the way for couples to sleep peacefully — and quietly — together, and help to improve the way couples relate to one another during their waking day.

By doing the simplest of things, using a stop snoring mouthpiece, the problem is solved immediately and couples may find it easier to enjoy their life as it should be – sleeping close and unencumbered.

Tending to a snoring issue can lead to better sleep for both partners, as well as a more loving and harmonious relationship that includes them sleeping together, and not apart. Sleeping well with the person we love is the goal, and by treating snoring effectively, it can happen.

Take that simple step – try it. You’ll be amazed – but not so much as your partner will be.

Happy Christmas and Sweet Dreams from all at SleepPro

 

 

 


Children's obesity risk Increased by breathing problems and poor sleep

A solid night’s sleep does more than recharge a growing brain — it may also help keep a growing body lean – and that applies to all of us. As winter has now arrived properly, and school holidays and Christmas approach fast, it becomes a very relevant subject for all of us.

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Breathing problems or a chronic lack of sleep early in life may double the risk that a child will be obese by age 15, according to research published in The Journal of Paediatrics. Childhood obesity has been linked before with the number of hours a kid sleeps each night. But other early problems with night-time breathing, like snoring, or the more serious obstructive sleep apnoea, also seem to be predictive of significant weight gain among children, according to the research.

For the study, researchers analysed the data from 1,900 children in England and followed the participants for about 15 years. Study results showed that those who got the least amount of sleep between the ages 5 and 6 had between a 60 per cent and 100 per cent increased risk of obesity by age 15.

In recent years, lack of sleep has become a well-recognized risk for childhood obesity. Sleep-disordered breathing, or SDB, which includes snoring and sleep apnoea, is also a risk factor for obesity but receives less attention. However, these two risk factors had not been tracked together over time to determine their potential for influencing weight gain.

Simply, researchers found that children with the most severe sleep-disorder breathing (SDB) had the highest obesity risk.

If impaired sleep in childhood is conclusively shown to cause future obesity, then it may be vital for parents and physicians to identify sleep problems early, so that corrective action can be taken and obesity prevented.

With our knowledge that childhood obesity is hovering at 17 per cent in the United States, we’re hopeful that efforts to address both of these risk factors could have a tremendous public health impact in the future.

A common cause of sleep-related breathing problems in children is due to enlarged tonsils or adenoids, which can be removed with surgery if a major problem occurs. Misalignment of jaws or teeth can also cause issues.

However, we know that too many teens are not getting enough sleep and the problem is getting worse, according to a study from Columbia University. Researchers found that only 6.2 per cent to 7.7 per cent of females and 8.0 per cent to 9.4 per cent of males reported getting the required nine or more hours of sleep that they really need each day.

We must always remember that it’s easier to prevent obesity than to treat it – whether it is in children, or in adults – and in the case of children there are many other additionally known benefits as well as good health, such as better behaviour and an increased focus on their schoolwork and studies.

Sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnoea are best prevented in children by ensuring good sleep hygiene patterns, and in the case of the adult a simple stop snoring mouthpiece can make all the difference. As Benjamin Franklin said, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’

John Redfern


Snoring – the warning sound that says your life is under threat

Anyone who suffers from a sleep disorder will probably have lower levels of aerobic fitness and be unable to take in the required amount of oxygen during any form of activity, whether it be cycling, walking up a hill, or simply climbing the stairs. Research has quantified this on many occasions and it is particularly common in those who snore heavily or suffer from the very dangerous disorder called obstructive sleep apnoea.

SleepPro Vicious Circle

Sleep apnoea causes the upper airway to become blocked by soft tissue in the back of the throat during sleep and this causes pauses in breathing and other symptoms, such as gasping and snoring. The sleep disorder has more than likely been caused by being overweight, and as a consequence less fit. In fact it goes further because being severely obese can causes decades of ill health and it can also reduce the average life expectancy by as much as eight years. It’s a vicious circle that exists.

Recent analysis showed that being obese at a young age was even more damaging to health and life expectancy. The research team, based at McGill University in Canada, said heart problems and type 2 diabetes were major sources of disability and death. Despite the health problems caused by obesity now being well known, many people often disregard the risks. This latest report, published in The Lancet, used a computer model to take those risks and calculate the impact of weight on life expectancy throughout life. Some of the key findings are covered in the following statements:

  • In comparison with 20 to 39-year-olds with a healthy weight, severely obese men of the same age lost 8.4 years of life and women lost 6.1.
  • Men also spent 18.8 more years living in poor health while women spent 19.1years in that state.
  • Moving up an age group to those in the forties and fifties, men lost 3.7 years and women 5.3 years to obesity.
  • Men and women in their sixties and seventies lost just one year of life to obesity, but still faced seven years in ill health.

Professor Steven Grover of McGill said: “Our computer modelling study shows that obesity is associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, and diabetes that will, on average, dramatically reduce an individual’s life expectancy. The pattern is clear. The more an individual weighs and the younger their age, the greater the effect on their health, as they have many years ahead of them during which the increased health risks associated with obesity can negatively impact their lives.”

This prompted the comment from the lifestyle manager of the charity, Heart Research UK, who said:

“How many more wake-up calls do we need?”

“This research study yet again supports the clear message that by becoming obese you not only take years off your life, but also life off your years in terms of experiencing more years in poor health rather than enjoying a happy, active and productive life.”

John Redfern