Roughly 90 million Americans suffer from snoring.
If you live with one of these people, you know that the statistic should read, “90 million Americans suffer from other people snoring”.
No matter how much you love someone, it’s hard to get past their earth-shaking, insomnia-causing nighttime breathing habits.
This is especially true when you are losing sleep over it. It’s no longer a problem of preference but one that affects your mental and physical health.
Keep reading to find out more about the causes of this dilemma and how you can block out snoring completely for a better night’s sleep.
Why Do We Snore?
Before discussing solutions, we first must understand why it’s happening.
Snoring happens when air can’t move through our passageways in a normal fashion. This causes nose and throat tissues to vibrate, resulting in the all-too-familiar sound of a freight train or sawing wood.
Why does this happen? There are a variety of causes, including:
- Alcohol, smoking, and various medications
- Being overweight
- Body build (i.e. the anatomy of a person’s mouth, nose, and throat)
- Nasal and sinus issues
- Sleep position (i.e. sleeping on your back)
Additionally, snoring may be hereditary. Some people snore in any sleep position, even though they are healthy and don’t partake in any substances or medication.
Severe snoring may lead to sleep apnea. Otherwise, it may result in sleep problems for the person sharing the bed with the snorer.
Why Does Snoring Keep Us Awake?
Regardless of whether you’re a light or heavy sleeper, intense snoring can cause you to lose Z’s.
This is because noises as low as 40 decibels can keep us awake. Decibels (dB) are the measure of the loudness of sound.
For reference, 40 decibels is about the loudness of a quiet library. For some people, this is enough noise to cause sleep problems.
Unfortunately, the average loudness of snoring is around this level.
Even worse, snoring can be louder than 100 decibels.
The loudest snore ever recorded was 111.6 decibels, which is equivalent to a music concert or a car horn from a few feet away.
So, it’s easy to see that an average or an above-average snorer can keep you from getting your night’s rest.
How Can Snoring Affect Our Health?
If you’re the snorer, it can affect your health because you aren’t getting proper oxygen intake and may not be entering deeper levels of sleep.
If you’re the “snoree”, or person hearing the snoring, it can have a range of mental, physical, and relational effects.
Mentally, losing sleep from someone else snoring can cause brain fog, depression, fatigue, and irritability.
When you experience enough nights in a row without proper sleep, you may have physical reactions such as an increased risk of injury, a weakened immune system, and the onset of serious medical conditions like high blood pressure.
To put the icing on this nasty cake, you may also experience relationship problems with the person who is keeping you up all night. It’s hard not to project your sleepy anger towards the person who is causing it.
How Can You Block Out Snoring Completely?
Losing sleep over someone else’s snoring isn’t going to cut it.
Luckily, there is a solution out there to prevent you from mental and physical health degradation.
To understand how the solution works, we have to give you a quick break down of how sound works in the ear.
How Sound Works
Instead of getting into the nitty-gritty about the anatomy of the ear, we’ll instead talk about the three main components: the outer, middle, and inner ear.
The outer ear funnels low-pressure soundwaves through your middle ear and to your eardrum. This causes vibrations, which we register as sound.
This process is known as air conduction.
Many companies try to tackle the snoring-dilemma by offering white-noise machines. Unfortunately, these machines only offer another sound for your ears to process through air conduction.
They don’t mask the snoring and they also don’t address the fact that we hear sound in another way — through our bones.
This process is known as bone conduction. Basically, sound waves bypass our outer ear and vibrate the middle and inner ear through our bones.
What this means is that you cannot block out snoring by simply wearing earplugs or noise-canceling headphones because your bones are still picking up sound.
In fact, earplugs alone can amplify the sounds that your bones are picking up. This is known as the occlusion effect and it explains why earplugs alone can’t get the job done.
Luckily, you can still get back to sleep with the following technology.
The Solution You’re Looking For
If you can’t block snoring from earplugs alone, how can you do it?
The answer lies in a dual approach.
Our product, the SoundOffSleep Noise Masking Device, blocks the sound of snoring so that it doesn’t go through air conduction in your ear. It does this through wireless earbuds made of memory foam that shape to your ear.
The earbuds can’t do the job alone, however.
SoundOffSleep devices also use soothing sounds to mask the snoring that is picked up by your bones. They do this by using Pink Noise.
Pink Noise is an engineered sound similar to white noise but is much more soothing and relaxing. It emulates nature sounds and actually helps people sleep better than they ever have.
This combination blocks snoring as much as earbuds can while masking the sound of what they can’t. The result? A good night’s sleep.
Now that you know you can block out snoring completely, you can rest easy.
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