Studies show that sleeping with a snorer may harm your health!

The consequences of sleeping with a snorer are worse than you might think!

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Studies show that sleeping with a snorer may harm your health!

Anyone who has ever slept in the same bed as a snorer knows how difficult the night can be! But beyond the irritation that snoring can cause, there are even more unfortunate consequences for them.

There are studies that have been conducted at Queen’s University of Ontario and the College of Science, London, among others, to see if the snoring of partners could be harmful to those who spend the night hearing it.

Here are the negative consequences that have been reported concerning what is called "secondary snoring".

1. Insufficient sleep

This is a fairly obvious consequence, but not as harmless as you might think. Lack of sleep leads to health problems that we don't take seriously enough. Snorers and those who sleep with them can lose many hours of sleep, which is essential for the body to recover and perform biological functions, such as memory consolidation and metabolic regulation.

It's not just about getting enough sleep, but doing it every night. The spouses of people with sleep apnea tend to wake up almost as many times as they do, which affects all phases of their sleep and damages the biological mechanisms involved in this process.

In addition, a person who does not get enough rest is likely to make more mistakes, think slowly and reduce their productivity.

Another problem associated with this lack of sleep is constant irritability, which can have an impact on relationships.

Lack of sleep has also been found to be a risk factor for anxiety and depression.

Beyond its psychological consequences, this lack also increases the risk of developing obesity or suffering from a stroke.

2. Relationship problems

If your partner's snoring does not allow you to get enough sleep, it can gradually erode your relationship. Hearing someone who snores by your side every night and having to wake them up to stop the noise will only make them uncomfortable. Many couples even choose to sleep separately or even divorce after trying to use earplugs or hearing aids to reduce noise, without getting any result.

When the consequences of poor sleep are caused by your partner or a family member, this person becomes the main reason for your bad mood and the main target of your anger.

These conflicts can have harmful consequences for your health, since it has been proven that a negative atmosphere at home can cause stress, inflammation and changes in appetite. The immune system can also be weakened by constant arguments!

3. Hearing loss

The study by Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, wanted to assess the effects of snoring on snorers and their partners. The researchers selected 4 couples aged 35 to 55, in which one of the members suffered from severe sleep apnea.

The main conclusion of this research is that the effect of snoring does not affect snorers as much. In fact, the brain absorbs respiratory interruptions during sleep. But 100% of their partners have suffered consequences, especially in the ear exposed to snoring. The effect was equivalent to having slept 15 years on an industrial machine!

4. Hypertension

According to a study by the Imperial College of Science in London, loud noises not only affect hearing, but can also raise blood pressure to levels at risk, especially for other illnesses such as kidney problems, dementia and heart disease.

The researchers' findings revealed that the higher the volume of noise, the higher the risk of hypertension. Scientists have realized that the body always reacts the same way whether or not the patient wakes up to noise.

They also discovered that these results could be transferred to any sound over 35 decibels, so people exposed to snoring were also at risk, since snoring can reach up to 80 decibels. 

Other damages cause by secondary snoring.

Here are some possible consequences, direct and indirect, of sleeping near someone who snores:

  • Sleep deprivation and poor sleep quality
  • Irritability
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Loss of focus and memory
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Weak immune system
  • Obesity
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Dementia
  • Hearing loss
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney problems
  • Stroke

How to prevent these problems

Sleeping with a snorer is an ordeal, especially when you've already tried everything to make the nights more bearable. If the headphones and earplugs don't work, you could (if possible) sleep in another room and stay with your partner at times that don't affect your rest.

A "smart" pillow is being developed for the snoring partner, which will eliminate snoring with equal and opposite frequency. However, it has not yet been released. Can't wait for that!

Is your partner a snorer? Or are you one? How do you make sleep arrangements?