Snoring affects millions of people every night, but it’s not often that we see snoring in the news. Sleep-disordered breathing can be very harmful, and sharing stories and new discoveries could help people realize the health risks of snoring and look for treatments. Fortunately, snoring and other sleep-related breathing disorders are starting to get more recognition from major news sources. Here are recaps of five stories of snoring in the news his year so far:
Snorer on Train Forced by Other Passengers to Stay Awake
The Indian Express reported that a passenger on a long-distance train in India was forced by his fellow passengers to stay awake for several hours while they slept. The passengers sitting near the man, who was identified as Ramchandra, said his snoring was so loud that it was disrupting their own sleep. For five to six hours, Ramchandra was made to stay awake.
According to Ganesh Virha, the Chief Ticket Inspector of the train, there was a heated argument between the passengers over the issue. However, Ramchandra eventually agreed to stay awake to let the other passengers sleep. Virha asked him whether he wanted to file a complaint, but Ramchandra declined and said he wasn’t offended.
Snoring on trains, planes, and other forms of transportation can be a big problem for the snorer himself and for the other passengers. Although no one snores intentionally, it’s not fair to keep others awake with loud snoring or other noise. We’re glad that Ramchandra and the other travelers were able to compromise. If you travel often but are a loud snorer, you may want to invest in a portable anti-snoring mouthpiece.
Treating Sleep Apnea Without CPAP
Journalist and video producer Kevin Reilly shared his story about snoring and sleep apnea with Business Insider. Like over 90 million Americans, Reilly snored several nights per week or more. Even after trying all the over-the-counter remedies and buying ear plugs for his partner, he still ended up sleeping on the couch because of his loud snoring.
After deciding to seek professional help, sleep specialist Dr. Jordan Stern diagnosed Reilly with sleep apnea. This disorder occurs when your airway becomes blocked and prevents you from breathing multiple times throughout the night. Every time you stop breathing, your brain will wake you up to get more oxygen.
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, which uses a machine provides a constant flow of air into your throat. The machine is effective, but many people find it uncomfortable and stop using it. Fortunately, Reilly was able to try something different. Dr. Stern gave him a custom-molded mouthpiece that slid his lower jaw forward and kept his airway open. This is more comfortable and easy to use than the CPAP machine, and Reilly reports that he feels much better rested now.
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that can cause high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health issues. It’s great that specialists are looking for alternative treatments that people will stick with.
Snoring Linked to Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s
According to the Stanley News and Press, snoring may be a more serious issue than you’d expect, especially when caused by sleep apnea. Because sleep apnea affects your breathing, it can prevent you from getting enough oxygen. This can lead to a variety of health conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease.
A study from the Neurology journal reports that people with sleep apnea are more likely to develop memory problems and other cognitive impairments earlier than those without the sleep disorder. The researchers studied over 2,000 people, and those who snored or had sleep apnea showed signs of cognitive decline 12 years earlier on average than those who didn’t have sleep-disordered breathing.
Minor memory problems and cognitive impairments often lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s. Some experts believe that sleep apnea causes a buildup of the protein beta-amyloid in the brain, which is closely linked to dementia.
Although you may not think your snoring habit affects your life, it could lead to some major health issues. We hope that new research about the effects of snoring and sleep apnea will encourage people to speak to their doctors about treatment.
When Is Snoring Bad for Your Health?
Snoring can definitely be harmful to your health, but it’s hard to know when you should worry. A recent article from Global News passes on valuable advice from respiratory therapist Paul Sweeney.
Sweeney says that mild snoring usually isn’t a problem, but loud and frequent snoring is a sign that your body is fighting to get enough oxygen. The most important warning sign to look out for is long pauses between snores. This could be caused by obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the tissues in your mouth and throat completely block your airway and stop you from breathing.
During the periods of silence between your snores, you may not be breathing at all. Pauses in breathing that last 10 seconds or longer can cause the oxygen levels in your blood to drop. Over time, the low oxygen levels could increase your risk of a stroke or heart attack. It’s important that people with sleep apnea treat the disorder with anti-snoring mouthpieces, CPAP machines, or other devices.
This Global News article makes the dangers of sleep apnea obvious. We’re glad that more news sources are starting to pay attention to this common but often overlooked problem.
Aldi Offers Cheap Anti-Snoring Pillow
Most people are familiar with Aldi for their cheap groceries, but the store now also offers an inexpensive snoring treatment. Metro reported on the pillow, and one editor claims that it has made a big improvement in his snoring.
The Slumberdown Anti Snoring Pillow only costs £5 or about $7 USD. It’s designed to lift your head up while you sleep, which will reduce the pressure on your throat and keep your airway open. This isn’t the first anti-snoring pillow ever to be created, but it’s probably the cheapest. Since it’s so inexpensive, it has repeatedly sold out online and in stores. However, if you happen to see one in your local Aldi, it might be worth a try.
We’re fans of cheap, easy, and effective snoring solutions. Although the pillow might not help severe snorers, we hope that people who see the pillow in stores will try it out or start looking for similar anti-snoring devices.