If your partner’s snoring keeps you up at night, it could be impacting more than just your sleep.
New research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, USA found that those who sleep next to a snorer could be damaging their health, specifically their blood pressure.
The study found that one in seven snorers create such a loud noise that they can raise the blood pressure of the person sleeping next to them.
During the study, which included 162 snorers, 14 per cent hit a decibel level that exceeded 53 decibels, akin to their partner sleeping with the constant noise of a hairdryer.
So how does this impact their partner’s health? Well, apart from being tired the next day, listening to someone snore constantly through the night impacts the ability to regulate stress hormones, making blood pressure spike.
Scientists have now recognised that snoring is a type of noise pollution that can have major health implications.
“Snoring represents a source of noise pollution and bed partners can suffer from unhealthy sound levels,” Dr Mudi Sowho, who was involved in the research, said.
“Ear plugs can be helpful. I would definitely recommend using them to protect your health.”
The European Environment Agency estimated that this noise pollution causes 12,000 premature deaths and 48,000 cases of heart disease across Europe each year.
Heavy snoring has direct links to obesity, which can lead to sleep apnoea. The condition affects one in four Australians, impacting their breathing while they sleep. In many cases lifestyle and diet changes can help the condition, but a new quick laser surgery is being hailed as the solution.
The procedure called Somnilase uses a high-tech laser to stiffen and strengthen the back of the throat decreasing snoring by 40 to 60 per cent.
While this treatment isn’t available in Australia yet, it is being used in specialist laser clinics in the UK.