August 30, 2013
It’s 2:17 AM in the morning. The digital display of your alarm clock says so. You raise yourself and sit up on the bed. “Hey,” a tired-sounding voice from next to you tells you softly. You don’t panic. It’s your spouse, not a killer. It takes getting used to, though – sleeping on the same bed as someone. But you’re recently married, so it’s normal. It’ll take some time.
“’Ey”, you respond, with a voice obviously roused from slumber. Your spouse turns on the lamp on the night stand, and you shut your left eye and half-close the other one as your vision adjusts to the sudden surge of light. “You’re still awake?” you ask. “Yes”, is the reply, delivered with an angry tone, annoyed, irked, and fed-up.
This is followed by a long sermon about how you’ve been snoring. It turns out that you’ve been keeping your spouse awake up until then, and you were the only one on that comfortable foam bed sleeping soundly that evening and early dawn. You’ve been snoring. Again. The consolation you have is that you’re still loved and married to your spouse who patiently suffered through your sonata of snoring.
We’ve already talked about the causes of snoring in a previous article some time before, but has it ever occurred to you that snoring can actually have negative effects on you? It’s not just bad for the person you’re keeping awake since that will cause a type of insomnia to their demise, but there are also negative repercussions for you, the “snor-er.”
The snoring sound doesn’t come from nothing, you know. It happens in your throat and deep in your mouth. The thing is, the cause of the sound is also responsible for partially obstructing and even totally blocking the airway which is responsible for taking in the oxygen that you need to live. It’s definitely a health hazard.
It’s about the quality as well. You know that a good night’s rest is needed to wake up feeling fully recharged the next day. But it’s a health hazard if night after night, you don’t get the rest that you both need and deserve. It’s obvious, the cause most likely is snoring. There are a lot of reasons why you might not have a good night’s rest, but unfortunately, snoring can cause that too. I’ll tell you how in the next paragraph.
There are times when the snorer stops breathing and even wakes oneself up due to the lack of air. When breathing is absent, it’s honestly difficult to sleep. Have you ever had a pillow pushed to your face in the middle of a sound sleep? Well, snoring can do that too, in an internal way. Sleep becomes shallow instead of sound and “deep,” and as a result, you really do have a bad night.
Nope, it’s not about romance. It’s not a reference to a chick-flick, but it’s actually physiologically negative to the most important muscle in your body – the one that keeps you alive. The longer you suffer from the interruptions brought about by snoring, the more it results in higher blood pressure. In severe cases, that can even result to the abnormal enlargement of the heart. In a nutshell, it gives higher risks of heart attacks and even stroke. Definitely a health hazard.
Although I can wish you a “good night’s rest,” you’re snoring may desire the opposite, but that doesn’t stop me. The more you snore, the more you need a good night’s rest. These are cases that happen on different levels depending on the person. Don’t get me wrong though, snoring doesn’t not automatically that you can’t sleep soundly. So I guess, I’ll tell it to you anyway: good night and sweet dreams!