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The Bond Between Snoring and Insomnia

written by Guest Blogger December 1, 2011

Hang on to your pillows for the first guest post since my computer breakdown in early November (last mentioned in Being Respected vs. Being Liked)! It`s been a long time coming so please enjoy as Andreas Henderson, MR, tells us about the link between snoring and insomnia.

You lay there with the pillow covering your head, hearing yet another night full of the loud, obnoxious sound emanating from the person laying near to you. You know you`ll have one more sleep deprived night. So you jab an elbow at and nudge your partner to get him to flip over and provide you with a few moments of happy peace and quiet. This is a circumstance which is common in a lot of homes. But there’s something you need to know about what is going on here.

It would appear that the snorer would be the one inducing the insomnia predicament, but that may not be the situation. There are a number of individuals who are afflicted by insomnia in the course of their lives. Demanding days, impending events, physical ailments, along with other issues can result in periods of lack of sleep. Usually, you go back to a consistent sleep pattern when these factors are sorted out.

However for some, the insomnia concern becomes more serious, causing them issues in sleeping, staying asleep or waking too soon each day. Their sleep is restless, preventing them from providing the sleep their body needs. An interesting fact is, an insomnia situation can lead to snoring once the insomniac gets to sleep and the muscular areas of your throat and face relax.

Conversely, a loud snoring concern can cause insomnia. Not only does the noise keep other individuals awake, but also will make the individual wake up to flip over if sleep apnea is a current condition.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is when the air passage becomes blocked when the muscles in the neck relax, allowing for the obstruction of the air passage. This causes brief instances when the snorer quits breathing. He or she awakens, turns on their side and in many of scenarios is not able to go back to sleep. And even if they are able to get back to sleep, the snoring begins again and the pattern starts itself again.

In the definition of insomnia, the occasions of wakefulness for the insomniac as well as the snorer are a manifestation. On top of that, the slow sensation they have the next day and the agitation they have are signs, too.

Both the insomniac in addition to the snorer are much more predisposed to other overall health problems as well. High blood pressure levels, elevated bad cholesterol and the creation of additional body fat might lead to acquiring heart health problems. In both scenarios, a talk with medical professional is suggested.

About the Author

Andreas Henderson, MR, published author and medical researcher has spent many years supporting people stop snoring. He published www.StopSnoringAdvice.com with one mission; to help those who wish to put an end to their snoring.

So, dear Readers, let me ask you: what approach would you take if your partner had Sleep Apnea and refused to go to a doctor about it, knowing that it not only affects your sleep but could also indicate more serious health concerns for them?

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Cheron December 3, 2011 at 12:41 am

I was in exactly this situation in my marriage. It frightened me, wondering if my then husband would ever wake up again. The long silences meant that he was not breathing. If calling to him had no effect, I would then gently hit him on the chest to wake him. It often meant many sleepless nights for me, and he mostly woke feeling exhausted and “groggy.” As far as I know, he never went to a specialist about it.

Head Health Nutter December 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Thanks for sharing, Cheron. I can empathize as my ex had the same problem. Scared me to no-end. It’s sad when people would rather ignore a problem than find out what they can do about it – especially when it affects their loved ones.

Oopa loopa December 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I think one of the main pillars of health is quality sleep (where we spend about 1/3 of our lives) So I’m glad to read this post.

It turns out that I was once a snorer (Yep) which led me to a speciaist who recommended that I do a “sleep study”. That’s kind of a misnomer since I barely got a wink of sleep. However, it determined that I wasn’t suffering from sleep apnea but something else called Restless Legs Syndrome which caused me to toss & turn a lot. When I lost 40 lbs over 6 mths on a healthy diet, it made a big difference to my energy level, blood pressure, digestion, stamina & overall quality of sleep ~ which in turn improved all of the above again. Sweet dreams! Zzz zzz

Head Health Nutter December 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Oh, wow, Oopa loopa! Thank you SO much for sharing this success story with us! That’s amazing and I really hope it encourages others to take care of their sleep issues. Yay for you! 🙂

Natural Healthy Life December 9, 2011 at 2:00 am

It’s always frustrating when someone you care about refuses to find out what’s goin on in a situation like that. Since you asked what the reader would do well … in that case, I would consider the causes of sleep apnea, and if any of them could be addressed at home — for example weight can be a factor, so I would try to encourage and help with weight loss if I thought that could be a cause.

Head Health Nutter December 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Thanks for your input Natural Healthy Life. That’s a very good suggestion, if they don’t consider your encouragement as a means to change or control them… it’s really tricky – most have to come to the conclusion themselves that there’s something wrong and perhaps need a wake up call before they realize it, like a heart attack.

Do you have any suggestions in dealing with these types of people?


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