His Snoring, Your Blood Pressure
A snoring partner can be bad for your health. If you are sleeping with a partner who loudly saws logs, the noise may be doing more than just keeping you tossing and turning at night. A new study published in European Heart Journal says that nighttime noises can raise your blood pressure, whether you are asleep or awake.
Snoring raises blood pressureAfter monitoring 140 sleeping volunteers at their homes near Heathrow and other major airports, scientists at London's Imperial College concluded that sounds louder than 35 decibels -- including planes flying overhead, traffic passing outside, and yes, snoring -- spiked blood pressure at a rate of 0.66 mm Hg for every five-decibel increase. To give you some perspective, 90 decibels (a level some snorers can reach) can be compared to the volume of a jackhammer.
Because high blood pressure (hypertension) can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, strokes and dementia, experts stress that these new findings are not something you want to, well, sleep on. If you happen to share a bed with one of the 25 percent of adults who habitually snore (or, you happen to live by an airport or a heavily trafficked area), take these simple steps to finally get a quiet night's rest.
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