Snoring noise and sleep disturbance - is it a threat to our health?
National Stop Snoring Week 2017 - 24th - 28th April
The sound of snoring is irritating and annoying and can lead to sleep deprivation for the bed partner. But the noise of snoring can also cause a number of health problems.
The level of noise that starts to have an effect on sleep is around 40dB.
The noise of snoring can range from about 50dB to 100+dB.
Research has consistently found that when exposed to noise at these levels, it can have a negative effect on all areas of wellbeing.
Sleep disturbance, hearing impairment, daytime functioning, mental health problems, cognitive issues and negative social behaviour can be symptoms of being subjected to loud noise over an extended period of time.
Sleep deprivation can also have a negative impact on body systems such as hormonal release, glucose regulation and cardiovascular function.
Some bed partners who sleep with a snorer try to ignore the noise. Although they may manage to sleep through the night, the quality of sleep is much reduced and they will not feel as refreshed in the morning as they should.
Noise tends to reduce deep refreshing sleep to more shallow sleep, and will reduce dreaming sleep.
Partners of snorers are at risk of hearing loss due to continuous exposure to noise.
Some partners who sleep apart from their snorer have feelings of guilt in leaving the bedroom - but they have a right to a good night's sleep.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) document several categories of adverse health and social effects from noise.
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