Christmas is supposed to be a time for giving, but our YouGov survey revealed that suffering partners across the UK are having their sleep taken from them. The festive season is fast approaching; and there’s more than one reason why it could be about to leave you having sleepless nights.
With the party season upon us, it’s likely that most people will be enjoying a couple of extra drinks over the next few weeks. However, while you are blissfully unaware in your alcohol-induced slumber, you may well be disturbing the sleep of everyone around you. 13% of people in relationships who took part in the YouGov survey said that their partner snores after a tipple. Alcohol leads to relaxed muscle tension in the upper airway. This can lead to narrowed airways, the vibration of soft tissue, and the sound of snoring. Click here to see how drinking alcohol can influence snoring and what you can do to help the problem.
Having a few too many mulled wines isn’t the only thing that could be causing you to snore this Christmas. 16% of those in relationships surveyed said that their partner snores when suffering from a cold or allergies. Colds and a blocked nose can cause snoring as the nasal passages become congested. This congestion limits airflow, increasing air turbulence and making you more likely to snore. Click here to see how having a cold or blocked nose can influence snoring and what you can do to help the problem.
Christmas is a time of indulgence and excess, particularly when it comes to food. Overeating often leads to winter weight gain. Many people don’t realise that being just a few kilograms overweight can really increase your risk of snoring. Extra fat around your neck can cause the upper airways to narrow, limiting your ability to breathe freely. Being overweight can also mean that you do not have the muscle tone necessary to keep your upper airway open while you sleep and prevent vibration of soft tissue in your throat. Click here to see how weight can influence snoring and what you can do to help the problem.
With 22% of those in relationships with a snorer saying that they had slept in separate rooms to give themselves a break from the noise, it is clear that snoring could possibly create relationship difficulties. This kind of relationship stress certainly doesn’t pave the way for a very merry Christmas, and snoring is a problem that couples can no longer afford to ignore.
It is a well-known fact that Santa only comes when you are sleeping, so make sure that snoring doesn’t stop you or your loved ones getting the rest you deserve this Christmas.