You are waiting for a train. A train that’ll take you far away … hopefully, where you’ll be able to get some sleep. How would you describe your sleeping habits these days? Is it as insane as “Inception?” Maybe it’s a little less complex and closer to the romantic anxieties in “Sleepless in Seattle?” Or has it gone the way of “Fight Club,” where you roam the streets at night and suddenly develop a whole other persona? Whatever sleep problems you’re experiencing, none of it will be good for you and for the next person lying beside you. Not getting enough sleep and not sleeping well (i.e., when you snore) are both bad for you. So here are 10 reasons why you should think about getting a no snore mouthpiece today.
1. Snoring is not just a huge bother to the person lying beside you, but it is also harmful. Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea — a sleep disorder related to major medical problems such as diabetes and heart disease. When you have sleep apnea, you may find yourself waking up late at night, breathless.
2. Sleep deprivation can lead to reduced alertness. It turns out that sleeping as little as an hour and a half every night will result in 32 percent reduction of daytime alertness.
3. Reduced alertness could endanger you behind the wheel. Drowsy driving has contributed to a good portion of accidents on the road. Car crashes will almost always result in fatalities and not just injuries.
4. Sleep deprivation decreases mental performance. In addition to reduced alertness, lack of sleep can also impair cognition and memory. So if you haven’t been getting enough sleep for weeks and months, you can expect to think a little slower and process information less effectively at work and at home.
5. Sleep disorders can create conflicts in a relationship. Sleep disorders can negatively affect the marital bed. If you aren’t getting kicked out of bed for snoring, your sleeping problem may become a frequent trigger for fights.
6. Sleep disorders may be associated with numerous medical illnesses. These include stroke, heart failure, high blood pressure, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and obesity, to name a few.
7. Not getting enough sleep is more dangerous than not getting enough to eat. Did you know that it only takes 10 days of sleep deprivation for it to be fatal, while it reportedly takes two weeks of starvation for you to perish?
8. A good night’s sleep can boost your immunity. You’ll be able to fight that bad cold better when you’ve gone through the recommended eight hours of sleep.
9. Sleeping significantly improves your love life. Men and women who don’t sleep well have lower libidos.
10. Lack of sleep ages you. Ever wonder about lackluster skin, dark under-eye circles, fine lines — and you’re not even that old? Sleep loss increases cortisol, breaking down skin collagen, which is responsible for your skin’s elasticity and smoothness.