#nationalstopsnoringweek – Snore app test | Soak&Sleep

National Stop Snoring Week is an annual event which helps to promote the preventions of snoring to aid those who suffer. Snoring is a worldwide topic, for those that snore and those that sleep with snorers, but it’s important to understand that there are ways for it to be prevented.

Snoring occurs due to a partial blockage of the nose, mouth or throat, it’s defined as a coarse sound made by vibrations in these areas. This vibration can occur all day but is often worse at night due to the position of our heads and relaxant of the muscles.

There are a number of reasons why snoring occurs related to food, health, allergies and sleeping positions. It’s thought that overeating and/or a lack of exercise can heighten snoring due to a growth of fat around the throat. Drinking alcohol can also increase the likelihood of snoring at night as it slows the brains responses and relaxes the muscles. See our food and drink blog for more information on how it affects sleep. Smoking is another factor that can  increase the risk of snoring given that the cigarette smoke irritates the lining of the nose and throat. Those who suffer from allergies may snore at night, so it’s important that you choose the right bedding, shop our Anti-Allergy ranges to ensure the best night’s sleep.

Some find snoring occurs depending on which sleeping position they are in. Sleeping on your back can cause the flesh in your throat to relax, and this can consequently block the airway. Changing your sleeping position (or nudging your significant other until they move) to your side may prevent snoring. For more information on all of the above reasons, head to The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association.  It’s important to remember that snoring is not a condition that can be “cured”, but it can however be controlled.

This year, The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association is conducting a survey into snoring phone apps. They have opened up the invitation to the general public, so if you suffer head to their website to take the survey. There are many snoring apps on the market and this survey is the perfect way to put them to the test

In light of this survey, two Soak&Sleep snorers took on the challenge of testing out 2 snoring phone apps. Alex and Ben, our lovely volunteers, have answered a Q&A based on their snoring app experience. So, without further ado, let’s see if they helped!

Alex:

To gain a bit of background, how bad on a scale of 1-10 is your snoring?
3
Does your snoring affect yours and/or your partner’s sleep?
Not usually, but can do if I have a cold or had a few drinks

What was the aim of the snoring app you downloaded?
To measure how loud your snoring was and providing tips as to how you can try and reduce it

Did you believe the app would help?
I was apprehensive

How long did you use the app for?
6 nights

Do you feel the app has helped? If yes, in what way?
It has helped to make me more aware of the causes of my snoring/loud breathing when it occurs. As you have to tick a series of boxes before you go to sleep saying whether you’ve had alcohol, exercised, have a cold, etc.

 

Ben:

To gain a bit of background, how bad on a scale of 1-10 is your snoring?
7

Does your snoring affect yours and/or your partner’s sleep?
My snoring does not wake me up, but my partner often gives me the elbow followed by a loud “shh” (or alternative) when I’ve woken her.

What was the aim of the snoring app you downloaded?
To record your snoring and create graphs of the noise. It also has a “stop snoring function” which activates a vibration after a certain time of snoring.

Did you believe the app would help?
I wasn’t hopeful!

How long did you use the app for?
7 days

Do you feel the app has helped? If yes, in what way?
Although it hasn’t stopped me snoring, it has made me more aware of the snoring – motivating me to adapt my lifestyle to avoid it.

Thank you, Alex and Ben, sounds like the apps have helped create awareness and build a record of your personal causes of snoring! So, if you suffer from snoring and aren’t sure what may be causing it these apps could help you!

For national snoring week, we will be posting a fact a day about snoring over on our facebook page,  and twitter page be sure to check them out!

 

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