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The highest percentage of snorers in the UK revealed!

Our recent survey, carried out by YouGov, the results showed us where the highest percentage of snorers in the UK come from. We conducted our questions to 12 regions across the land, and found out that the North East has the highest percentage of snorers with a massive 78%. And with a population of over 2.5 million – that is a lot of snorers.

Of the 78% of snorers in the North East:

 

  • 90% have never purchased a snoring relief product.
  • Only 16% worry that they may suffer from Sleep Apnoea.
  • 46% of the region admitted that their snoring would be an issue if they stayed at a friend/relatives house and travelling on an aeroplane or by public transport.
  • A massive 93% say they have never bought a snoring relief product for their partner, either.

 

Looking at these statistics, there are a lot of snorers in the North East that can cause so many relationships issues. Despite this, only 7% of couples with a snoring partner purchased a snoring relief product. This means that there are a lot of partners across the North East being disturbed, and a lot of relationships left to suffer.

Also, a lot of people are unaware that they may suffer from Sleep Apnoea. For further information on Sleep Apnoea, visit our page Do I Have Sleep Apnoea?

 

What Can I Do About Snoring?

Step 1:

Find out why your partner (Or yourself) snore in our About Snoring section

Step 2:

Make sure to have your 8 hours of sleep. Here at Snoreeze we challenge you to have a good night’s sleep.

Step 3:

Make a Snoreeze product part of your bedtime routine. 

5 Weird Things To Know About Sleep

We spend a third of our lives doing it. From the moment we are born until the ultimate sleep. Thomas Edison claimed that it was a waste of time, and others like Florence Nightingale and Margaret Thatcher got by on only four hrs of sleep a night. 

5. How Much Sleep Is Required?

Sleep can vary from person to person. Whilst, Margaret Thatcher, stated above, can get by on four hours sleep per night, most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hrs sleep to function at their best. The hours vary slightly with different age groups.

Here’s a chart for the recommended hours of sleep for each age group:

  • Newborn (0 – 3 months) – 14 – 17hrs sleep
  • Infact (4 – 11 months) – 12 – 15hrs sleep
  • Toddler (1 – 2 years) – 11 – 14hrs sleep
  • Pre-school (3 – 5 years) – 10 – 13hrs sleep
  • Teen (14 – 17 years) – 8 – 10hrs sleep
  • Young Adult (18 – 25 years) – 7 – 9hrs sleep
  • Adult (26 – 64 years) – 7 – 9hrs sleep
  • Older Adults (65+) – 7 – 8hrs sleep

Here at Snoreeze we believe that you have the right to sleep at night. That is why we are championing a good night’s sleep with our 8 Hour Challenge. Snoreeze is challenging snorers and their partners across Great Britain to get their 8 hours of sleep every night. Taking part is a simple as 1, 2, 3!

 

 4. The Future Of Sleepwalking

When you hear stories of sleepwalkers, you just imagine people walking around the house, but sleepwalkers can do other things. Our night-time activities have evolved with our daytime ones. There have been cases where people have sleep-texted or sent a sleep-email.

Professors have stated that the act of texting and answering an alert on our phones have become so ingrained in us that it’s crossing boundaries between sleeping and being awake. There are a few simple tricks to prevent any embarrassing messages being sent whilst you snooze: turn off your phone at night and keep it well out of reach.

 

3. Earliest Theories About Sleep

The history of sleep and dreaming goes back to the BC era. Early scientists, physicians, and psychologists had a hard time trying to figure out why we sleep.

One of the first thoughts on why we sleep was by Alcmaeon, one of the most renowned natural philosophers and medical theorists of his time (Ancient Greece). His theory stated that sleep occurs when blood vessels in the brain are filled up and we wake up when the blood vessels empty… He also thought that the eye contains both fire and water. Kudos for trying, Al! The rest of the scientific community would ignore the science of sleep for another 2,000 years, becoming one of the most under-researched areas of human behaviour.

In ancient Egypt, sleep was something that people had no control over. The Egyptians believed that when they fell asleep, they entered a place between the lands of the living and the dead. Sleep was thought to be the works of spirits and a way for the dead to communicate with the living.  

 

2. Longest Amount Of Time Without Sleep

A Californian man named Randy Gardner holds the record for the longest period of time a human has gone without sleep. Gardner managed to stay awake for 11 whole days and 24 minutes (that’s 264.4hrs).

Gardner’s health was monitored by Lt. Cmdr. John J. Ross, and he reported that Gardner’s behaviour changed dramatically. Lack of sleep caused Gardner problems with his concentration and even short term memory loss. On the eleventh day, when asked to subtract 7, starting from 100, Gardner stopped at 65 and replied that he had forgotten what he was doing.

 

1.    Animals That Sleep

There are so many sleeping facts about animals that are super interesting. Here’s a list of a few our faves. Three eye-opening facts about how the animal kingdom sleep.

  • Cats can sleep up to 13 - 14 hours, on average. They mostly roam around at night to hunt, which is typically in the wild. This is true for biggers cats, too - the mighty lion, king of the jungle. 
  • A desert snail can sleep up to THREE YEARS! It's not uncommon for any snail to nap for a week, either. They hibernate when the air gets too dry because they need moisture to stay alive. 
  • We all know about bats sleeping beside down, but they do it for a reason. It makes them less obvious prey and it allows them to take off at any moment if they are any any treat. 

 

7 top tips for sleeping with a cold

We've all been there. You've felt fine all day, but as soon as your head hits the pillow...BAM! Your nose has transformed into a dripping tap and even breathing is a struggle.

Check out our 7 top tips for falling (and staying!) asleep when you've got a cold.

 

1. Go head over heels

There's nothing worse than struggling to drift off because you feel all bunged up.  Raising the level of your head while you sleep can really help to solve this problem by draining your sinuses.  Adding a few more pillows under your head may seem like a good idea, but this can force your neck to be at an uncomfortable angle, causing pain the following day.  Instead, try putting a few large books underneath your mattress.  This should raise your body from the waist up, rather than just raising your neck.  

 

2. Check your meds

You’ll probably need some sort of decongestant or flu medication before bed.  But beware; many of these kinds of medications contain caffeine or other stimulants.  That’s great during the day when you’re feeling run down and nee a pick-me-up, but taking them too close to bedtime can really disrupt your sleep.  Try to avoid any caffeinated drinks or medications after 3 or 4pm and opt for a special night-time cold and flu medication that will make you drowsy.   

 

3. Spray away

It's natural for most of us to breathe through our noses while we sleep, but this can be almost impossible if you're full of cold.  Nasal sprays are a great way to decongest your nasal passages when you’re all bunged up, helping you to breathe more easily throughout the night.  Many of these sprays contain stimulants, so many end up having a negative impact on your sleep. Snoreeze Nasal Spray is made from natural ingredients.  So, while it still decongests your nasal passages effectively, it won’t keep you awake at night.  

 

4. Get steamy

Repeatedly blowing your nose can irritate the skin on your face and leave you with a headache.  Having a hot shower or bath can help to clear your sinuses before bed. Placing a bowl of water on the radiator overnight can help to keep the room humid, stopping your throat from drying out and hopefully easing your tickly cough.   

 

5. Start stripping

We mean nasal strips, of course!  These little beauties work wonders when you’re struggling to breathe through your nose.  You apply one to the top of your nose and it works by holding your nostrils open to help the air get through.  Snoreeze Nasal Strips are hypoallergenic, latex free, and come in two different sizes.  They’re great because you can safely use them in combination with nasal sprays or decongestant medications. 

 

6. Optimise your sleep space

It’s difficult to sleep if your room is the wrong temperature, or if you have thin curtains letting outside light in.  Try and create a space that is perfect for sleep.  Get rid of all sources of light.  The darker your room is, the better.  Banish all gadgets, making sure to not look at any devices like smartphones or tablets just before bed as the blue light they emit has been proven to disrupt sleep. 

 

7. Roll over

Sleeping on your back can also increase your chances of snoring; something many people find themselves doing when suffering from a cold.  Try sleeping on your side instead.  If you're a natural back-sleeper, prop yourself up with a few pillows to make sure you don't roll back during the night.  (You might want to put a tissue or hand towel under your face to catch any mucus throughout the night...YUM!)   

How snoring could raise your risk of dementia

Alzheimer's Research UK say keeping active and maintaining a healthy diet are two ways to reduce your risk of dementia, but did you know that reducing your snoring can have an impact too?

 

Dementia: the facts

  • 46.8 million people worldwide are living with some form of dementia.  
  • By 2050 this figure is estimated to reach a staggering 131.5 million.
  • A UK study has estimated that the health and social care costs for dementia almost match the combined costs of cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Dementia Statistics

Age is the biggest risk factor for dementia, with 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 suffering with the condition.  Life expectancy in the UK is rising every year, meaning that dementia is set to become a bigger problem than ever.

 

Poor sleep and dementia

Poor sleep has been found to be a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia.  This means that getting a decent amount of uninterrupted sleep is vital not only for our physical health, but our mental health too. 

Poor sleep is a risk factor for cognitive decline

How could my snoring affect my partner's dementia risk?

Snoring is a problem that can get worse with age.  As we get older muscle tone decreases all over our bodies, even in our airways!  This means that the soft tissues in your upper airway are much more likely to vibrate as you breathe; causing the snoring sound.  

If you sleep next to a partner, snoring can become a real bugbear in your relationshipNot only does your partner get woken by your snoring, but they probably wake you to stop you snoring too! 

Recent studies have shown links between sleepiness and sleep inadequacy and Alzheimer's disease.  So, waking your partner throughout the night with your snoring could not only be affecting your relationship, but their health too.

 

How could my snoring affect my dementia risk?

If you snore heavily, it can be a sign of an obstruction in your airway.  If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea, this obstruction is so severe that the flow of oxygen is reduced or completely stopped while you sleep.  

The diagram below shows just how snoring and sleep apnoea (OSA) can be a sign of your problems breathing properly at night.

The difference between normal breathing, snoring, and apnoea

A study published in the journal Neurology this year found that sleep disordered breathing advanced cognitive decline in the elderly, so making sure your breathing is not obstructed is important to your health

  

How can I stop snoring having an impact?

Products from the Snoreeze Oral Range are designed to tighten and lubricate the soft tissues at the back of the throat, reducing or preventing the snoring that can worsen as we age.  These products can help those with a mild to moderate snoring problem to sleep quietly, reducing the impact snoring has on you and your partner.  

For those with a more severe snoring problem, sprays and other similar treatments may not prove effective.  If you are suffering from severe snoring or mild to moderate sleep apnoea, the Snoreeze Oral Device can really help by making sure you airway does not collapse, creating free space at  the back of your throat and ensuring air can flow through easily while you sleep.  

How the Snoreeze Oral Device stops snoring

The good news is that studies show treatment of sleep apnoea decreases the cognitive decline in patients with Alzheimer's. So, it's never too late for snoring and sleep apnoea treatment to have a positive impact on not only your sleep, but your mind and body.  

 

 

 

5 sleep tips you can learn from your kids

A huge part of parenting is about teaching your children the valuable lessons you've learned in life.  But when it comes to sleep, it seems kids have got it sussed!  

Check out the top 5 sleep tips you should be learning from your little ones.

 

Have a nap

In the UK, afternoon naps reserved for toddlers and the elderly.  Unless your workplace is incredible, asking your boss if you could have a nap would result in a big, fat “no”.  When in actual fact, everybody should be embracing the lunchtime siesta!  An afternoon snooze can really help to put the spring back in your step.  Make sure to set an alarm though; if you nap for over 30 minutes, your body will think you've turned in for the night and you'll wake up drowsy.

Will having a nap ruin my sleep?

 

Read a bedtime story

‘The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep’ has been all over the news lately, and appears to be some sort of literary sleeping potion for small children.  But, what about us grown-ups?  The truth is that reading almost anything can help you drift off to sleep.  Just make sure your reading is old school – using a real book, and not a tablet.  Tablets, smartphones, TVs, and other devices can give off a blue light.  This light can stop our bodies producing the sleep hormone; melatonin.  So, instead of your ebook helping you drift off, you'll actually feel more awake. 

 

Rise with the sun

Only parents understand the utter horror of a child yelling “GET UP” while physically prising your eyelids open at 6.03am on Sunday morning.  But, the kids have been right all along; getting up at sunrise is great.  It’s natural.  It’s evolutionary.  It can revolutionise your morning routine.  Now, unless you’re your own boss, waking up at sunrise might prove difficult in the winter months when the sun doesn’t rise until mid-morning.  There are alarm clocks available that mimic sunrise, waking you blissfully…before even the kids are awake!

 

Embrace bath time

Life is so rushed that not many of us take time out to relax in the bath.  But, if you struggle to fall asleep, the bath could be your secret weapon. As you sit soaking in the tub, your body temperature rises.  The cool-down period your body goes through when you get out helps to relax your body and get it to the prime temperature for sleep.   

 

If you're tired...GO TO BED!

We send the kids to bed as soon as the first yawn appears, but we don’t play by the same rules ourselves.  Your body is designed to let you know when it needs sleep, and holding your eyelids open at 3am to reach the end of your TV episode just isn’t wise.  However, if you’re getting 7 or 8 hours of ‘good’ sleep a night and still feeling tired during the day, it could be an indication of health issues. 

How can you tell if children are getting enough sleep?

 

Daytime sleepiness can be a sign of sleep apnoea, a condition where your airway closes at night for up to 10 seconds at a time. This repeatedly stops airflow to your lungs, meaning you wake lots in the night (usually without realising) and don’t get the oxygen you need to feel refreshed.  The condition is usually accompanied by loud snoring.  If this sounds like you, check out our Snoreeze Oral Device website and see how our discreet mouthpiece could help you get your energy back! 

5 reasons your snoring could get you sacked

Snoring could not only have a negative impact on your personal life, but your professional life too. 

Here are 5 reasons why your snoring problem could end up getting you the sack:

 

1. Turning up late

38% of people struggle to get out of bed after a disturbed night’s sleep.  The bedtime battle where your partner repeatedly nudges you to silence your snores leaves you both getting little sleep.  No wonder your get-up-and-go has got-up-and-gone the next morning.  Risk factors like smoking and drinking alcohol can increase your chance of snoring.  If you find that you snore more whilst on your back, try sleeping on the side and placing a pillow behind you to stop you rolling back.

Struggle to get out of bed

2. Snapping at your boss

54% of people say they are more irritable after a disturbed night’s sleep.  After being jabbed in the ribs 47 times in the night, it’s no wonder you’re more likely to snap at your boss.   And with 24% of people claiming to be more emotionally sensitive than normal, you can’t rule out an emotional breakdown by the watercooler.  For most people, snoring is caused by relaxed muscle tension at the back of the throat.  Products like throat sprays and throat rinses can help to tighten and lubricate the soft tissues, preventing snoring.

3. Slacking on the job

If you are sat staring into space, your boss might be under the impression that you are slacking.  But perhaps they should be blaming your partner for whacking you with a pillow each time you let out a snore.  48% of people surveyed said they found it harder to concentrate after a disturbed night’s sleep, with 34% admitting they are less productive at work.  If you snore when you’ve got a cold or are suffering from allergies, nasal snoring relief products can really help.  Nasal spray helps to decongest your nasal passages and nasal strips help to open your airways, so you can breathe more easily and shouldn’t snore.  

Struggle to concentrate

4. Yawning in your big morning meeting

Even if you don’t have a partner to wake you at night, recent studies have found that snoring alone causes the snorer to suffer daytime sleepiness[i].  The exact reason for this is still up for debate.  It could be down to fatigue caused by the increased effort of breathing, or being in a constantly light sleep due to the noise you’re making.  If you regularly travel with work, taking a snoring spray in your bag can be a bit inconvenient.  Things like oral strips and lozenges would give you a more practical solution.  They fit easily in to your hand luggage and work on the same principal as other throat products, tightening and lubricating the soft tissues to stop you snoring.

5. Falling asleep at your desk

Sleeping on the job is always going to get you in big trouble with your boss.  But, if you snore and find yourself drifting off when you don’t intend to (like at your desk or while driving), it could be a sign of something serious.  Sleep apnoea is a condition where your airway relaxes and narrows so much that airflow to your lungs is stopped.  You end up having broken sleep as your brain wakes you to reopen the airway.  Sleep apnoea is linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and depression – so there is much more at stake than losing your job.  If you’re suffering from mild/moderate sleep apnoea, something as simple as the Snoreeze Oral Device (it’s a bit like a gum-shield) can keep your airway open at night, helping you to breathe normally and stopping your snoring.       

Sleepy in the daytime



All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2,058 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 15th - 16th October 2014.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

[i] Daniel J. Gottlieb, Qing Yao, Susan Redline, Tauqeer Ali, Mark W. Mahowald. "Does Snoring Predict Sleepiness Independently of Apnea and Hypopnea Frequency?" American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 162, No. 4 (2000), pp. 1512-1517.

The A-Z of living with a snorer

Living with a snorer who won't treat their problem is frustrating.  Show this A-Z to the snorer in your life and let them know what you go through each night!

 

A - Alarm

A thing of the past.  It’s completely redundant as you’ve been awake all night anyway.

B - Bedtime blues

That feeling you get as you climb in to bed, knowing that a good night’s sleep is a mere fantasy.

C - Couch

Sure the couch isn’t as comfy as your bed. But at least you don’t have to share it with a hibernating bear.

D - Denial

The stage your partner seems stuck in.  Them?  A snorer?  Never!

E - Ear plugs

The industrial strength ones they use on airfields.  They can block out a low flying plane, but not your partner.

F - F words

You are normally polite and well mannered.  But after the 5th time being woken up, you go from Queen Elizabeth to Brian Blessed in an instant.

G - Groundhog Day

If your life was a film, this would be it.  The same thing every night.  But without Bill Murray.

H - Herbal tea

Aromatherapy, meditation, counting sheep.  Nothing will help you fall asleep before snore o’clock.

I - Insane rage

You’re pretty sure you loved your partner before you went to bed.  But the red mist has descended and are on the verge of filing for divorce at 2am.

J - Jealousy

You are jealous of your single friends who get to sleep alone.  Jealous of the man opposite you on the train who sleeps in his seat.  Jealous of your partner snoring away.

K – Kick, elbow, pinch, repeat.

Your nightly choreographed routine for trying to stop your partner snoring.

L - "Light sleeper"

Oh, gosh!  How silly of you! It’s not your partner’s snoring that’s the problem, it’s that you’re a light sleeper. 

M - Marriage

That silly contract you entered in to before you realised your partner moonlighted as a bulldozer.

N - Naps

You’re pretty sure they’re the only reason you can function right now.  That, and caffeine.

O - Orthopedic mattress

The one you spent £300 on, thinking it would give you a good night's sleep. Not doing much when you're sleeping on the sofa.

P - Pillows

What you once saw as a comfortable place to lay your head now seems more appealing as a weapon to suffocate your partner with.

Q - Quiet

The blissful split second between snores when you try to kid yourself that the snoring has stopped.

R - Real life

That thing you're so tired you’ve completely lost touch with.  Is that ketchup on your shirt?  Did you forget your dentist appointment?  Who even cares?

S - Spooning

What other couples do; something you couldn’t even dream of, for fear of a burst ear drum.

T - Torture

Did you know sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture?

U - Undead

Looking like an extra from The Walking Dead has become the norm.  And you’re past the point of caring.

V - Video evidence

The only way to prove to your partner that they snore.  And they will still find a way to deny it.

W - Wine

Lots and lots of wine.  Surely there is no other way to successfully fall asleep next to a snorer than to pass out drunk?

X

Exactly what your partner is going to become if they do not SHUT UP.  Your ex.

Y – “Yes boss, I WILL work that night shift”

Just so you can sleep in the day when your partner isn’t home.

Z - Zzz

The noise you wish you were making, but fear you may never, ever make again.

21 sleep myths demystified

How many hours should I sleep for? What's the quickest way to fall asleep? Why do I wake up tired, even after 8 hours sleep?  

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about sleep, and we thought it was about time we settled some of them! 

1: You can catch up on lost sleep the next day

Think you can have a wild night out and simply catch up on your sleep the next night?  Think again.  The truth is that you can’t repay a sleep debt that easily.  Even if you catch up on the exact amount of sleep you’ve missed, your problem isn’t solved.  Dr David Gozal of the University of Chicago says “getting extra sleep does not immediately restore all systems”, as your brain and metabolism may take longer to recover.

 

2: Watching TV before bed will help you to fall asleep

Logic suggests that a late night repeat of Doctors could lull almost anyone in to a peaceful slumber.  In reality, the blue light given off by TVs, smartphones, tablets, and other electrical devices has been given a lot of bad press.  Exposure to this blue light stops our bodies from producing the sleep hormone, melatonin; so instead of feeling sleepy, it can actually make you feel more alert. 

 Does watching TV in bed help you sleep?

3: Snoring means you’re getting a good sleep

Research suggests that people snore when in several different stages of sleep.  That’s why your partner might snore straight after they drift off, but stop once they’re fast asleep, or vice versa.  Studies show that although snorers often appear to be in a really heavy sleep, snoring can actually increase daytime sleepiness for the snorer themselves.  Avoiding sleeping on your back, or using products like Throat Sprays or Nasal Strips are all ways of trying to relieve your snoring. 

 

4: Having a nightcap will help you to sleep soundly

Alcohol is a sedative.  So, a little bedtime brandy may help you to fall asleep more quickly.  But, that doesn’t mean the sleep you get is good quality.  Alcohol actually interferes with the processes your body goes through during a normal night of sleep.  When you’re drunk, you only go through 1-2 cycles of REM sleep (the bit where you’re most likely to dream), instead of the 6-7 you need to wake feeling fully refreshed.

Does alcohol before bed help you to sleep?

 

5: Waking in the night means you’ve had a bad sleep

If you find that you wake for an hour or two each night and struggle to fall back asleep, it might not be such a bad thing.  Research suggests that bimodal sleep is the way people used to sleep before the invention of artificial light.  This method involves sleeping for around 4 hours, waking for 1 or 2, and then sleeping for another 4 hours.  You can get a perfectly restful sleep in a number of different cycles. This great infographic by bed manufacturer Dreams lists some of the cycles, but be warned – they don’t all fit in with modern life! 

 

6: You need less sleep as you get older

In reality, you need the same amount of sleep to function when you’re 81 as you did at 21.  Professor Adrian Williams from the London Sleep Centre says “it’s a myth that we need less sleep as we get older, but we are less able to stay asleep as we age”.  The reason older people often get up much earlier is that sleep is much more difficult as you approach your twilight years.  Melatonin, the sleep hormone, is available on prescription for those over 55; a more long-term remedy than sleeping tablets.

 Is it more difficult to sleep as you get older?

7: The more sleep you can get, the better

It’s common knowledge that sleep deprivation is detrimental not only to your energy levels, but mood, appetite, and other important aspects of your life.  However, recent research suggests that having too much sleep is just as bad for you.  Studies show that sleeping more than 8 hours a night can put you at risk of dying earlier.  There goes our Sunday lie in!

 

8: A warm, cosy bedroom will help you to sleep

Wear fleece pyjamas under your 13.5 tog duvet all year long?  You’re doing it all wrong!  Whilst your mum might have told you being ‘snug as a bug in a rug’ was vital to drifting off, it’s actually easier to fall asleep if you’re cool.  Neurology Specialist, Dr Christopher Winter says “sleeping in a hot environment has been shown to increase wakefulness”.  He recommends 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s 15-20 degrees Celsius) as an optimal temperature for your bedroom.  

 How warm should your bedroom be?

9: Exercising before bed will help you to sleep

It’s true that exercise can help to use lots of energy and get your body tired enough for sleep, but timing is crucial.  If you exercise too close to bedtime, your body temperature will be raised.  And, as we learnt from the last myth, you need to cool down before you can fall asleep.  Make sure to give yourself an hour break between those sit-ups and bedtime to let your body get ready for sleep.

 

10: Hitting snooze will help you to get a little more rest

If you think the 9 minutes sleep your alarm gives you between rings is helping you to feel more refreshed, think again.  Any sleep you manage to get after you hit snooze will be fragmented and poor quality.  If you wake up feeling unrefreshed, it might be a sign that you need more sleep…or it could be that your alarm is going off when you’re in the deepest stage of sleep. SleepJudge adds that technology affects sleep quality too. Almost everyone sets an alarm on their phones nowadays and this can cause broken sleep. Ask yourself if you've ever woken up in the middle of the night because your phone pinged to alert you of a new message or update? Certain apps, such as SleepCycle (shown below), track your sleep and use a gentle alarm to wake you in the lightest stage of sleep.  The theory is that this leaves you feeling more refreshed, so you shouldn’t need the snooze button whatsoever!

Sleep Cycle App

 

11: You can get by on just 4 hours sleep

Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton, and Madonna are all renowned for having (successful?) careers on the back of 4 hours sleep a night.  This isn’t a great example for the majority of people to follow.  Getting less than 6 hours sleep for a long period of time can have a negative impact on your body.  Recent research has even shown that under sleeping can have visible effects on your skin.  Leaving you with more wrinkles, open pores, and spots. 

 

12: Yawning is a sign of tiredness

Nope.  Wrong.  So, what is it a sign of?  The current accepted theory is that yawning is a way of your body cooling your brain down, helping you to think more clearly. Still, we don’t think “sorry boss, my brain was just a bit hot” is going to help you get away with yawning in your big morning meeting. 

 Does yawning mean that you're tired?

13: Snoring is funny

YouTube videos of snoring dogs have millions of hits for one reason.  They’re funny.  But snoring has a really serious side. It could be a sign that you’re overweight, that you’re drinking too much, or that you’re suffering from a condition called sleep apnoea.  Snoring is a sign of a partial blockage in your airways, meaning air struggles to get through to your lungs.  So if you’re a snorer, your body is deprived of the oxygen it needs when you sleep. There’s plenty of worrying research out there linking snoring to cancer and other conditions like heart disease and stroke.  

 

14: Sleeping less keeps you thin

The more time you spend awake and active, the more calories you will burn, right?  This might seem logical, but research suggests that getting less sleep can actually contribute to weight gain. Sleep deprivation causes higher levels of Cortisol, the stress hormone, and Ghrelin, the hunger hormone.  These hormones increases your appetite, meaning you are likely to take in far more calories than you would if you had slept well. 

 Does less sleep help you to lose weight?

15: Only men snore

Sorry ladies, this one is definitely a myth.  In our YouGov survey 62% of women admitted to snoring.  Snoring is especially common during and after the menopause, when a loss of muscle tone in your throat makes the tissues more likely to vibrate.  Women in the last trimester of pregnancy often find that they start to snore too.  This is because you have extra blood in your body, meaning that blood vessels expand, your nasal membranes swell, and you start to find it hard to breathe through your nose.   

16: Children who don’t get enough sleep will feel tired the next day

It’s true that if a child stays up past their bed time, they may well appear tired the next day.  However, this is not always the case.  Many strong links have been made between sleep deprivation in children and the common symptoms of conditions such as ADHD.  This means that children who have suffered poor sleep may exhibit hyperactive behaviour, temper tantrums, and “explosions” of emotion.  

 How can you tell if children are getting enough sleep?

 

17: Staying awake before a test will help you get a better result

Pulling an all-nighter is daft; especially before an exam.  A lack of sleep leads to difficulties concentrating, meaning you won’t be able to concentrate on your test.   Research also shows that sleep is the key to consolidating memories and storing them long term. So, if you don’t sleep, by the time your exam starts you will have completely forgotten those notes you were scribbling down at 2am. 

 

18: An afternoon nap will stop you sleeping at night

In Britain, most managers would give us a good telling off if we napped at our desks. Napping is associated with babies and toddlers here in the UK, but it would be seen as strange in some countries not to take a little early-afternoon siesta.  A little snooze can help to recharge your body and feel more alert in the afternoon. The only danger is if the nap exceeds around 40 minutes, your body may think you’re looking to go asleep for a long time, and you’ll wake up feeling groggy.  A 30 minute nap at around 1pm should be perfect (if your boss will allow it!).

 Will having a nap ruin my sleep?

19: If you can’t sleep, stay in bed and you will eventually drift off

Associating your bed with sleep is a really important factor in sleeping well.  So, lying there wide awake when you’re not ready to sleep may not be a great idea.  Bupa recommend that you should get out of bed and do “something relaxing if you’re unable to fall asleep within 15 to 20 minutes”. 

 

20: Sleep apnoea only affects overweight, middle-aged men

Snoring is a partial blockage of your airway during sleep, sleep apnoea is a complete blockage.  There is a common misconception that only overweight men who have passed middle age will suffer from this condition.  It’s true that you’re more likely to develop sleep apnoea if you are male, but a huge number of factors can contribute to the onset of the condition.  These include nasal congestion, age, gender, obesity, and even genetic factors like your craniofacial structure (the shape your head is on the inside!).  Even children can suffer from sleep apnoea.  If you snore heavily, it’s always worth getting checked out, just to be safe.

 Who can get sleep apnoea?

21: You eat spiders in your sleep

Be honest.  This is the one you’ve been waiting for.  Rob Crawford, Curator of Arachnids at Burke Museum says “For a sleeping person to swallow even one live spider would involve so many highly unlikely circumstances”.  So you can sleep easy in the knowledge that Incey Wincey won’t be climbing down your windpipe tonight.  But…wait…according to the FDA, there are fragments of insects in most of the foods we eat every day anyway.  Yum. 

Want your partner to stop snoring? You're not alone!

Think you're the only one struggling to sleep next to a snorer?  Think again!

Snoring can not only ruin your night's sleep, but can have a huge impact on your physical and emotional state the following day, too.

Check out our latest infographic and get the facts about snoring.  Share it with your snoring partner and let them know how their night-time noisiness is affecting your life!

Snoring Infographic - The Facts About Snoring

 

Head over to our 'Diagnose Your Snoring' page to find the right snoring relief product for you or your partner.

 

5 ways to stop hay fever ruining your sleep

It's estimated that 25% of the UK population suffer from hay fever.  When you're all bunged up and your eyes are itchy, it's hard to get the sleep you need.  

Here are our 5 top tips for making sure you don't lose sleep over hay fever this year.

 

1. Lather, rinse, repeat

Pollen is sticky and can stay in your hair until washed out properly.  The last thing you want is to get pollen on your pillow and end up having an allergy attack in the middle of the night.  Pollen can also stay on your clothes for hours after you have been outside. Shower before bed to remove any pollen from your skin, and get dressed in the bathroom so that pollen from your clothes doesn't contaminate your bedroom.  

 

2. Get your feather duster out

Vaccuum to remove any pollen that has settled on the floor or in your carpet. Using a damp cloth when you dust will also help to make sure that dust and pollen cling to the cloth, rather than just being spread around.  It's tempting to leave your bedroom windows open during the summer, but try to leave them closed during the day when the pollen count is highest.  

 

3. Don't hang your sheets out to dry

The summer months are great for being able to get your laundry washed and dried quickly.  But hanging your bedding out when the pollen count is high could prove to be a silly mistake.  Try drying your bedding on a clothes horse indoors.  It takes a little longer, but it should reduce the amount of pollen on the sheets and put an end to your night-time sneezing fits. 

 

4. Put a spoonful of honey in your bedtime drink

Many people believe that eating locally-produced honey can help to reduce hay fever symptoms*.  The theory is that the pollen contained in the honey will help to build up your immunity to the allergens around you.  And let's face it, even if this method hasn't been fully backed by clinical trials just yet, it's a solution that's tasty to try!

 

5. Decongest your nasal passages

Recent studies show links between certain hay fever medications and conditions such as Alzheimers** - prompting people to turn to more natural remedies as a solution for their runny, blocked noses.  Pollen allergies can cause your nasal passages to become inflamed and swollen, making it hard for you to breathe through your nose.  As well as making it hard for you to fall asleep, this congestion limits airflow, increasing air turbulence and making you more likely to snore.  The natural ingredients in Snoreeze Nasal Spray help to decongest your nasal passages, meaning that you can breathe easily again - and the great news is, it's safe to use every night!

 

http://www.itv.com/news/london/2014-05-21/could-a-spoon-of-local-honey-a-day-cure-hayfever/

** http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11370231/Drugs-like-Nytol-and-Piriton-raise-risk-of-Alzheimers-disease-say-scientists.html

 


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