Over the holidays, many of us turned our homes into motels for our extended family. It’s often great to have so much of the family under one roof for the celebrations and traditions, but it can also make your house feel much too small. Especially if some of your guests are horrible snorers. Then it will seem that there is too little distance and too few walls between them and you.
Now, as they’re all packing up and leaving, you may just be breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to your first good night’s sleep in a week. But before they go, it’s important to talk to your houseguests about their snoring in a serious way. Here’s why.
Snoring Is Serious
Many people think snoring is just a minor nuisance, but the truth is that it’s actually a very serious health threat. Snoring is often associated with sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing stops at night–and the louder someone snores, the more likely they have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is associated with many serious health risks, including heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease , and car accidents.
In fact, some studies suggest that simple snoring itself is associated with major health problems .
Snoring Is Treatable
Perhaps there wouldn’t be any point to talking about snoring or sleep apnea if there wasn’t anything that you could do about it. However, snoring is very treatable. And treatment can significantly improve a person’s health. It can reduce blood pressure, improve a person’s energy, which, in turn, can improve their ability to exercise. It not only helps them exercise, but it helps control food cravings and even improves metabolic health so that they can lose weight more easily.
Overall, the result is more than just stopping their snoring. They’ll feel better rested and more energized. They’ll achieve a healthier weight and they will actually be healthier.
If You Care about Them, You’ll Tell Them
You might think it’s polite not to mention things like snoring. After all, they’re getting ready to leave, so why mention something that isn’t an issue right now?
Their snoring may not be an issue for you once the guests leave your house, but it will remain an issue for them as long as their snoring goes untreated. Their health will continue to be at risk, and that risk increases the longer they spend without talking to their doctor about their condition.
If you want to have many more Christmases to enjoy with your family –and quieter ones, to boot–you’ll address the issue.
You might even learn that at home they get treatment with CPAP , but didn’t opt to bring it because it is too bulky and inconvenient. Then you could help them by letting them know about the benefits of oral appliance therapy , which is much more compatible with travel.