Do you really know the cause of snoring?
With National Stop Snoring Week approaching, we’re exploring the causes of snoring and how to help you stop or reduce it, so you can get a better night’s sleep. Today we’re discussing one of our customers' battles with snoring. Read all about Henry Cooke, who’s grumpiness led to the discovery of a snoring issue caused by hay fever. Henry’s mum shares the family’s experience here...
“Seven-year-old Henry is just like any other young boy - very enthusiastic, full of energy (too much sometimes!) and always on the go. Two or three years ago I noticed that Henry was being really grumpy, he would have quite a few tantrums in the day (more so than usual) and was quite unhappy and generally out of sorts.
“As parents, you start trying to figure out what could be causing the shift in behaviour (we need to find a reason!) and we noticed that he was looking a bit pale with slight dark circles under his eyes – nothing too noticeable but we could see it. It was quite odd as the winter season of cold, flu and sickness was over and he wasn’t showing any signs of the symptoms related to these illnesses.
“Then we noticed he was snoring at night, quite heavily at times. Sometimes it would actually seem like he would stop breathing and then take a really big deep breath! It was almost as though he wasn’t getting the oxygen he needed. Life rushed by and after a few weeks the snoring subsided and we carried on as usual.
“It wasn’t until the same time the following year (around springtime) when the snoring started again, followed by paleness and grumpiness, that we thought it could be hay fever causing the problem. So we took him to the doctors and Henry was prescribed with a weak antihistamine. This did the trick and helped his snoring to subside; he became less tired in the day and was back to his happier (most of the time!) self again.
“The snoring doesn’t seem so intense this year but we’ve always got the antihistamine in the cupboard should we need it!”
Kathryn, mum of Henry Cooke
Our sleep expert, Dave Gibson, says:
This is a classic example of how allergies can affect sleep. Henry experienced poor sleep quality due to the lack of oxygen he was able to take in and this resulted in tiredness and therefore grumpiness in the day. Small children will feel the effects of poor sleep acutely. It’s extremely important that all children get the necessary amount of good quality sleep they need as it is key for brain function development.
You can help reduce the effects of hay fever:
- Using a memory foam mattress and pillow – a hypoallergenic one
- Regularly hoover the house and the bedroom specifically
- Regularly wash all bedding including the mattress protector