Snoring is a common problem, especially in middle age. By the time we reach our 60s around half of us will snore regularly. Usually this doesn’t cause many problems – you may have the occasional disturbed night caused by yourself or your partner, but it won’t affect your daily life.
But sometimes snoring is far from a laughing matter. If it’s severe then it can be serious.
Regular lack of sleep causes extreme tiredness, which makes it hard to concentrate. It can be dangerous if you’re driving or if you have a job where you work with machinery. It can make you anxious or depressed and, not least, it can also put a huge strain on relationships, with your partner, friends, family and colleagues.
A Bupa survey in 2017 looked into the sleeping habits of 2,000 UK adults. In a third of people who struggled to sleep, their partner was usually to blame, with nearly 73 per cent of them putting their lack of sleep down to their partner snoring!