Sleeping with someone who snores can cause sleepless nights, not to mention stress between you and your bed-mate. Many people overlook snoring as an annoying but unavoidable part of sleeping, not realizing that it can lead to serious health issues, such as obstructive sleep apnea.
If you are looking for a solution to help you get to sleep and stay asleep, an adjustable bed can do the trick if you deal with occasional or moderate snoring problems. Here is our overview of the causes and effects of snoring and how an adjustable bed can help.
What is an Adjustable Bed?
As the name suggests, an adjustable bed provides you with several different positions much like a hospital bed. It allows you to recline, sit upright or even be slightly elevated to meet your needs. Depending on the type of adjustable bed, you can often also raise your head, feet or both.
What Causes Snoring?
When air is not able to flow through your throat and nose freely, the tissues in your nose and throat vibrate which causes snoring.
The problem with snoring is that it can vary greatly in sound, frequency and even the reason for which it occurs. This can make it challenging to find a way to stop it. Although it can affect people of all ages, shapes and sizes, it does tend to be more common in people who are older and overweight.
Other common causes of snoring include:
- Being male (although many husbands would beg to differ!)
- Nasal and sinus issues
- Use of alcohol, cigarettes and many medications
- Sleep posture
Is Snoring Dangerous?
As the snorer, you might figure your partner can buy some earplugs and stop complaining. However, snoring can pose some risks you might not realize. The first issue is that although you might think your snoring is a sign of getting a good night’s sleep, snorers tend to wake up frequently or have lighter sleep each night. This means you are in danger of being sleepy while driving or operating dangerous machinery. The same goes for your partner who is also not getting enough sleep.
Poor sleep is also the cause of many other life and health issues including:
- Poor Immune System: Not getting enough sleep can make it easier to catch colds and flu.
- Weight: Studies show that sleeping less than seven hours a day can reduce leptin levels and increase ghrelin levels. Leptin is a chemical that makes you feel full while ghrelin is a hormone that makes you feel hungry. Clearly not the ideal combination to maintain a healthy weight.
- Well-being: Well rested people tend to be less moody and prolonged irritation and bad moods can lead to more serious issues such as anxiety and depression.
- Diabetes: People who sleep less than five hours a night can increase their risk for diabetes as it affects the body’s ability to process glucose.
- Sex drive: Less sleep means a lower libido.
- Heart disease: Prolonged sleepless nights can increase your heart rate and blood pressure as well as chemicals that cause inflammation, putting a strain on the heart.
- Fertility: Sleep deprivation can contribute to difficulties conceiving as it reduces the secretion of reproductive hormones.
Snoring and Your Relationship
The irritability caused by a lack of sleep tends to bleed over in all aspects of our lives. This can be a persistent problem if you or your partner are not sleeping due to snoring. Both people are affected as it is not uncommon for the person lying awake to try to wake the snorer.
Research shows that diminished sleep can even reduce empathy while making as lose our appreciation for our partner. If snoring persists, often the person left awake will choose to sleep in another room which has an impact on intimacy in the relationship. Combine this with feelings of guilt from the snorer, and it can really damage even the most loving relationships. It is important to find a solution that keeps both partners happy.
How Does an Adjustable Bed Stop Snoring?
With sleep posture being one of the most common causes of snoring, an adjustable bed can provide different positions to help lessen or even stop snoring. Sleeping on your back tends to be the worst position as gravity constricts your airway affecting your tonsils, palate and tongue. As these areas are constricted, they cause vibrations that lead to the loud snoring noises that keep others awake at night. In fact, you can sometimes snore so loud, you can even wake yourself!
The best way to stop gravity from getting the best of you is to reposition yourself so you are less constricted. You can try elevating your head to free up your airway to help lessen the likelihood of snoring. Propping yourself up with pillows is not enough, since through the night, the pillows will slip down and you will also change positions. Also, you can be forced into awkward positions that may result in neck and back pain.
An adjustable bed allows you to find the perfect position and remain in that position throughout the night. It provides proper support and allows you to remain in a sitting position if necessary. When you raise the head of your bed, you will not be able to slide back down into a completely reclined position thanks to the support of the adjustable bed. You will be able to fully relax and not worry about waking up with a stiff neck or aching back.
A Good Night’s Sleep for All
When you consider all these factors, it is worth the effort to make sure everyone in your household is enjoying a good night’s sleep. An adjustable bed offers the perfect solution, allowing everyone to be well rested.
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