While snoring jokes have always been plentiful, this condition is no laughing matter. While it’s noisy and disruptive, likely annoying your sleep partner, snoring also can be downright dangerous to your health.
If you habitually snore, you likely have a form of sleep disorder breathing syndrome (SDB). Those with such sleep disorders are at increased risk for numerous serious conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetic insulin resistance. Poor quality sleep has an effect on your skin and hair too.
The Importance of Proper Breathing
When the airway is blocked or partially blocked, the body has less oxygen. The result is extra strain is put on the heart to overcome this lack of oxygen, and the quality of sleep is affected. Poor sleep often results in daytime drowsiness, lack of concentration, fatigue, depression and substandard job performance.
Tips to Reduce the Severity of Snoring
Simple snoring, also called primary snoring, often can be managed with lifestyle changes. These include:
- Losing weight
- Avoiding alcohol before bed
- Treating nasal congestion
- Propping yourself up in bed
- Sleeping on your side
Some kids snore, too, which can result in them not getting enough sleep each night. As a result they may not be able to concentrate well which can affect their academic performance.
Providing Snoring Solutions
Dr Meng Quah-Shepherd and our team can help screen adults and children who snore. We work together with sleep physicians, ENT surgeons and chiropractors to address snoring. Additionally, we offer a home sleep study service.
If you’d like to put your snoring to bed for good, call 02 9412 3066 today to find out how we can assist you!