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18 12 2015 Why snoring could ruin your New Year’s Resolution

Did you keep the New Year’s Resolution you made at the start of this year? Can you even remember what it was?

In our YouGov survey last year 55% of UK adults said they were making a New Year’s Resolution.  We’re wondering how many of these people kept their resolutions…and we can bet the number isn’t very high! Of those who made a resolution in 2015:

  • 24% promised to get more sleep
  • 22% wanted to learn a new skill or hobby
  • 19% decided they want to travel more
  • 10% wanted to find a new partner

New Year’s resolutions are notorious for not being kept, and here at Snoreeze we’re convinced we’ve found the reason why – poor sleep and snoring!

Almost two thirds (65%) of people surveyed admitted to snoring, while 86% of those in relationships accused their partner of being a snorer.

These high statistics mean that the 24% of resolution makers who promised to get more sleep this year probably fell at the first hurdle.

It’s bad news for the 10% of those that wanted to find a new partner in 2015 too, as 30% of those surveyed said snoring would put them off a potential new love interest.  Snoring was even ranked as more off putting than biting your nails (26%) and hogging the duvet (10%)!  Even the holy grail of online dating Match.com list snoring as one of their top 4 bedroom misdemeanours; stating “If your partner can’t sleep, you won’t have a relationship!”

22% of those making a resolution wanted to learn a new hobby.  But with 48% of people saying that disturbed sleep makes it harder for them to concentrate the next day, we’re not sure it’s that easy.  So noisy snoring could be a reason people gave up on their new skill before January was even over.

19% of those who made a promise this year wanted to travel more.  But with 54% saying that disturbed sleep makes them feel irritable, and 20% saying it makes them resentful towards whoever disturbed them, snoring must have really ruined the holiday atmosphere.

Yet while a HUGE 86% of those in a relationship said their partner snores, only a shameful 10% said either they or their partner had ever purchased a snoring relief product.

Richard Wiffen, Head of Research & Development here at Snoreeze said:

“Good sleep is the starting point for making any positive lifestyle change.  It’s hard to get motivated or stay focussed if your body and mind aren’t properly rested.  Snoring is such a common problem, but people often leave it to get worse and worse.  Being overweight, drinking alcohol, smoking, and some prescription medicines can all cause us to snore – so making some positive lifestyle changes in 2016 could really help.”

The main cause of snoring is relaxed muscle tension in the upper airway.  This relaxation leads to narrowed airways, vibration of soft tissue and the unmistakeable sound of snoring.  Snoreeze products such as Snoreeze Throat Spray and Oral Strips provide relief for this type of snoring, and are clinically proven to be effective for up to 8 hours.

Colds, allergies and a blocked nose can also cause snoring as the nasal passages become congested, limiting airflow and making you more likely to snore.  Both Snoreeze Nasal Spray and Nasal Strips are targeted towards providing relief for snoring caused by nasal congestion.

For people with a severe snoring problem that doesn’t get any better with these methods, the Snoreeze Oral Device can provide an effective treatment. It reduces snoring by moving your jaw forward slightly to create free space at the back of your tongue, keeping your airway open and preventing the vibrations that cause snoring.

New Year’s resolutions are not often kept, but by sorting out your sleep you can make a promise to say goodnight to sleepless nights, and not your aspirations for a happier 2015.  If you’re promising to try and get better sleep in 2016, we’d love to hear about it.  Let us know what your goal is and how you plan to achieve it!

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Is your neck circumference greater than: Male - 17" or 43cm? Female - 15" or 41cm?

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