Firstly, there are the health risks associated with not getting enough sleep.
According to Harvard, scientists have discovered that sleep disruption affects levels of neurotransmitters and stress hormones, among other things, and consequently wreaks havoc in the brain, impairing thinking and emotional regulation.
A lack of sleep can also contribute to obesity. Research published in The American Journal of Human Biology found that sleep deprivation can impact appetite regulation, impair glucose metabolism and increase blood pressure. "A review of the evidence shows how short or poor quality sleep is linked to increased risk of obesity by de-regulating appetite, leading to increased energy consumption," said Dr Kristen Knutson, from the University of Chicago.
Then there’s the impact that the snoring noise can have on your hearing.
A study by Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, studied four couples in which one of the members had severe sleep apnea. They found that 100 per cent of the non-snoring partners demonstrated a unilateral high-frequency pattern of hearing loss consistent with noise-induced hearing loss. The effect was equivalent to having slept for 15 years with an industrial machine!
It’s not just your hearing that is copping an ear-full. Research from the Imperial College of Science in London, which assessed the stress of people living near several European airports, found that loud noises can also raise blood pressure to risky levels. The study concluded that the results could be transferred to any sound of more than 35 decibels - snoring can reach as high as 80 decibels.