Know this the next time you are awakened by your partner’s loud snoring: He or she could be suffering from a slew of serious physiological problems.
Loud snoring and sleep apnea (a condition where sufferers wake up several times an hour because they stop breathing) are among a group of sleep related breathing disorders (SRBDs) that increase the risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, daytime sleepiness and, according to new research, depression.
SRBD sufferers are 80 percent more likely to develop depression than people who are able to get nightly doses of replenishing REM sleep. SRBD-linked depression goes beyond typical morning moodiness; it can lead to far more intense clinical depression.
There are some simple ways for people afflicted with SRBDs to improve their moods. Physical activity–which can alleviate a host of symptons from a range of ailments–is the best medicine. In addition to burning calories, a simple 30-minute walk will get your heart pumping and your blood flowing. Walking is one type of physical activity known to improve moods and counter depression.
Weight gain has been repeatedly linked to SRBDs, so exercise is a no-brainer when trying to fight these symptons. There is nothing to lose but weight, so why not give exercise a try? Exercise will improve your mind and body, counter depression and gain the favor of your favorite bedmate.
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