The Relationship Between Snoring and Insomnia

You lay there night after night with your pillow wrapped around your head, listening to yet another night filled with the loud bed-rattling sound coming from the person laying next to you. You know that you are going to have yet another sleepless night. So you reach over and nudge your significant other to get him to roll over and give you a few moments of blessed silence. This is a scenario that is common in a lot of homes. But there are some things you need to know about what is happening here.

It appears that the snorer is the one causing the insomnia problem, but that may not be the case. There are a lot of people that suffer from insomnia at some point in their lives. Stressful days, upcoming events, physical ailments, and other factors can cause periods of insomnia. Normally, you return to a regular sleep pattern when these factors are resolved. However, for some people the insomnia problem becomes more serious, causing them difficulty in falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking too soon in the morning. Their sleep is restless, preventing them from getting the sleep their body needs. Believe it or not, an insomnia problem can lead to snoring when the insomniac falls asleep and the muscles of the face and throat relax.

On the reverse, a snoring problem can cause insomnia. Not only does the noise keep others awake, but also makes the snorer wake up to change positions if sleep apnea is present. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is when the airways become
obstructed when the muscles in the face and throat relax, allowing the collapse of the airway. This causes brief periods when the snorer stops breathing. He or she wakes up, changes position and in a lot of cases is unable to return to sleep. And even if they do get back to sleep, the snoring begins again and the cycle repeats itself.

In the definition of insomnia, the periods of wakefulness for the insomniac as well as the snorer are a symptom. In addition, the sluggish feeling they have the next day and the irritability they have are symptoms, too. Both the insomniac and the snorer are more prone to other health problems as well. Hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and the development of excess body fat may contribute to developing heart disease. In both cases, a visit to your doctor is recommended.

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

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