Interesting Facts About Sleep and Snoring That You Probably Didn't Know
Interesting facts about sleep and snoring that you probably didn’t know
According to the British Snoring and Sleep Apnea Association and a paper they published in 2009, titled “20 Interesting Facts to Know About Sleep and Snoring”, there are a lot of interesting tidbits of information about the noisy and troublesome condition that a lot of people don’t know.
Of course, a lot of people have snored at some point in their lives – and almost everyone has known someone who’s done it. It may not seem like a huge problem, but it can definitely be annoying. It can cause a lack of sleep that can lead to sleep deprivation and other related problems, and can be difficult to stop unless you find the right anti-snoring method or product for you.
At any rate, here are some facts about sleep and snoring that you might not have ever realized.
#1 – The three main reasons for snoring are being overweight, drinking alcohol, and smoking
Some people might think that allergies or a stuffy nose are mostly to blame for snoring – but this isn’t the case. Being overweight tends to cause a buildup of fat around the neck that constricts the airway. Smoking affects your lungs and nasal passages, and drinking alcohol relaxes the muscles around the tongue and throat.
If you combine all three of these, then you should probably be surprised if you don’t have a snoring problem!
#2 – Snoring sounds tend to be about as loud as a pneumatic drill
If you’re ever in doubt about how loud your snoring actually is, consider this: Most snoring tends to range from 50db to 100db – which is definitely loud enough to disrupt someone else’s sleep!
#3 – Snoring tends to run in the family
According to studies, about 70% of snorers have a familial link! As it turns out, there may be more that’s ‘hereditary’ about snoring than most people think!
#4 – Bed partners of snorers get less sleep at night
It’s no joke! Partners who share a bed with a snorer report getting just 3 to 5 hours of sleep per night! That’s definitely not enough to feel fully rested, and is a sure-fire way to feel sleepy and groggy the next day.
#5 – Snoring can cause relationship problems
Yes, it’s true. According to studies, about one third of couples report ‘disharmony’ in their relationships due to snoring!
So next time your significant other gets irritated because you snore too loudly, remember that they’re not the only one complaining!
#6 – Are you a loud snorer and overweight? It might not be a coincidence!
According to studies, the louder you snore, the more likely you are to be overweight! Of course, this is pretty simple to understand. Gaining weight can lead to a buildup of fatty tissue around the neck, which leads to a constricted airway and an increase in your odds for developing a snoring problem due to soft palate vibration.
#7 – Sleep loss affects newly learned skills more than well-known skills
Trying to learn a new trade, language or skill? If so, then you might want to make double sure that you and your partner are getting enough sleep!
#8 – We sleep less than we used to
As it turns out, we tended to sleep for about 9 hours every night a scant 100 years ago. Nowadays, however, most people get by with only 6 or 7 – which definitely isn’t as much, and leaves you more vulnerable to problems like
As interesting as snoring and sleep loss is, however, it’s not something to be taken lightly! If you or your partner snore, then take a moment to check out some of the anti-snoring devices and products that we’ve reviewed right here on our website.
Finding the right solution for the problem shouldn’t be too difficult, especially if you make it a point to be proactive and can find it within yourself to take that first step toward finding a remedy that works for you.
Published On January 19, 2016 | By SDA Editorial Staff | Sleep