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Type 2 Diabetes & Sleep Apnoea. These Issues Are Affecting Us More And More.

In the UK, there are over three million people living with diabetes. 90% of those have type 2. The main risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being overweight or obese. Weight gain increases mass around the neck that will narrow the throat causing the muscles to weaken, restricting the ability to breathe freely. Snoring or sleep apnoea can become a result. Being overweight by only a few kilograms can considerably increase your chances of snoring. You hold the key to managing diabetes by making lifestyle changes.

 

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The International Diabetes Federation have studied a link between type 2 diabetes and sleep apnoea.

These facts are included on their website:

  • Up to 40% of people with sleep apnoea have diabetes (type 2).
  • As many as 58% of people with diabetes have difficulties with breathing when asleep.
  • Blood glucose control, high blood pressure, stroke and heart failure can all be affected by sleep apnoea.

If you’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you’ll need to look after your health from now on. The first step is to look at your diet and lifestyle and make significant changes.

Here are the main areas that you’ll need to look closely at:

If you stay fit and active, you may be able to prevent type 2 diabetes developing by making the above lifestyle changes.

Here at Snoreeze, we believe that sleep is essential. That is why we offer a wide range of snoring relief products to suit everybody. You can visit our products page here and target the main cause of snoring. All products are available online without the need for a prescription.

The Sleeping Diet

Studies have found that sleep can affect your weight. Tired people have lower levels of leptin, a chemical that makes you feel full and put the fork down, but hold on – they also found that people with restless nights have high levels of ghrelin, a chemical that makes you hungry. Ghrelin triggers your brain that it’s time to eat.

In our most recent Snoreeze survey, conducted by YouGov, we found out that 51% of women admit that their partner’s snoring disrupts their sleep. That’s a good portion of tired women out there. Not having enough sleep sets your brain up to make bad decisions. This could be the reason why we have late night snacks, ladies. Something we’ve all done.

We also found out that 86% of women have never bought their partner a snoring relief product, either. Just think of the lbs you could lose if you slept 8 hrs a night, uninterrupted from your partners snoring. Here at Snoreeze, we challenge everybody to reclaim their 8 hours’ sleep. Discover why your partner snores in our snoring section or try a Snoreeze product and make it part of their bedtime routine. 

3 reasons Christmas could ruin your sleep

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. 

Festive tipples

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.

 

 Winter sniffles

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 nibbles

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. 


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