Snoring and lack of sleep are major problems in Britain

Two more leading companies have published findings in the last week that focus on this area, and their names may come as a surprise, as neither one of them is a part of the health industry, or even connected to it.

The first is Febreze, who are known primarily for products that improve air freshness, and who have published a report stating that stress, bad dreams and partner’s snoring means millions of us are struggling to nod off every single night of the week, and worse still at weekends. They claim that almost nine in ten of us have nights of disturbed sleep because of these problems, with more than a third saying they rarely have a full night’s good sleep.

It amounts on average, to almost two hours of vital shut-eye being lost on three different nights a week due to restlessness for one of the above stated reasons, and in total that’s nearly six hours each and every week which amounts to around 12 full days each year.

Couple arguing

Around one in three even admitted they get really angry or resent their partner for sleeping soundly next to them while they are lying awake and struggling to sleep.

Overall the lack of sleep is affecting their mood and productivity, with almost two thirds also admitting people have even commented to them on how bad they look after a disturbed night’s sleep, whilst more than eight in ten also admitted that they struggle to concentrate at work after a night of tossing and turning, with 22% making mistakes, or even struggling to make it in to work, with another one in ten nodding off en route.

Joining them in publishing facts on this same subject were a company aptly named Late Rooms, a website for hotel bookings, and offering exactly what its name says.

Their report underlined the fact that if you’ve ever been woken up by your partner’s loud snoring, then you’re certainly far from alone; in fact it applies to approximately one third of women, although only 15 per cent of men. On the whole men snore more, and louder, but it’s not restricted to them as a problem, and more women are growing aware of the fact that they do it too.

The findings state that only a quarter of the population gets an uninterrupted night of sleep on a regular basis – and a massive 3 out of 4 people don’t. This causes health and mood problems, even affects your looks and is often harmful to close relationships.

A well-known Throat and Nose Specialist, in commenting on the findings, said that snoring “can be a serious cause of marital and relationship disharmony.” He went on to add: “The majority of patients I see in my clinic are men, although there are women too, and they almost always have a story about how their snoring is affecting their relationship. Either they end up sleeping in separate beds several times a week, or they don’t and it simply causes major arguments.”

We are all aware today that snoring can so easily be prevented and it’s important to act to resolve it before it escalates to a major health or domestic problem, or even becomes life-threatening if it develops further.

By John Redfern