How snoring affects your looks
Snoring can be thought of as a cosmetic issue because it deprives people of sleep – and a good night’s sleep is essential to our well-being and appearance!
In studies, ‘The faces of sleep deprived individuals were perceived as having more hanging eyelids, redder eyes, more swollen eyes, darker circles under the eyes, paler skin, more wrinkles/fine lines, and more droopy corners of the mouth… In addition, sleep-deprived individuals looked sadder than after normal sleep, and sadness was related to looking fatigued.’
According to a study published by the doctors at Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois on May 21, 2014: ‘Sleep affects beauty. For quite some time, science has measured that “deep, tired look” of patients who suffer with sleep disturbances. Studies show that patients who resolve their sleep issues often enjoy scientifically-measured improvements in their facial skin. Less redness and forehead puffiness are just two of the noticeable and measurable improvements that can result with improved sleep. In addition, observers who viewed photos of sleep apnea patients after successful treatment often cited these patients as being more attractive, youthful and alert.’
Snoring can also increase the risk of heart attack.
Why do people snore?
- Age: As you reach middle age and beyond, the muscle tone in your throat decreases and your airway narrows.
- Throat structure: A narrow throat, a cleft palate, enlarged adenoids, and other physical characteristics that contribute to snoring are often hereditary.
- Nasal and sinus problems. Blocked airways make breathing difficult, leading to snoring.
- Being overweight. Fatty tissue contributes to snoring.
- Alcohol, smoking, and certain medications. These can increase muscle relaxation, leading to more snoring.
- Sleep posture. Sleeping flat on your back may cause the tissue of your throat to droop down, blocking your airway.
If snoring is a problem for you, see your doctor and ask to be checked for sleep apnea. This is a dangerous condition which can even be fatal.
Learn about modern treatments for snoring in ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 2: Body, Teeth & Hair‘.