Is Snoring Bad for Your Health?
Is snoring bad? For you and your health, the answer is a simple yes because you are at risk from the serious consequences of snoring, just one of which is sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea is explained as an episode of temporary cessation of breathing normally lasting 10 seconds or longer which happens during sleep. People with sleep apnoea normally do not know that they have it, and just feel tired and sleepy the next day.
There is a growing recognition that sleep related breathing disorders – which include sleep apnoea, upper airway resistance syndrome as well as simple snoring – are becoming major health issues which need to be dealt with. In a study of people who are affected by these disorders, it was found that with those who were closely monitored, all suffered by different degrees from depression, memory impairment and poor work performance. This was usually closely related to their excessive daytime tiredness and basic lack of motivation and energy caused by lack of a decent night time sleep. It has been found that the main reason for the lack of decent sleep is snoring.
Severe sleep apnoea may lead to the development of Cardiomyopathy and pulmonary hypertension. Cardiomyopathy hypertension will cause the heart to work a lot harder than it should do causing fatigue, chest pain and palpitations and finally heart failure. This heart failure will cause breathing difficulties as well as swelling of the legs and hands. Pulmonary hypertension leads to an enlargement of the heart muscle wall on the right-hand side to try and maintain the flow eventually causing right-sided heart failure. This may show up as enlargement of veins in the neck as well as general swelling because fluid is collecting in the tissues of the patient’s body. Because of that it is really advantageous for the sufferer to get their snoring recognised and treated to stop the possibility of serious health problems.
It has also been found that the breathing disorders which occur during sleep are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cardiac arrhythmia and stroke. In women, it has been found that they are at risk from hypertension and angina when they habitually snore, however men are at an increased risk of hypertension and ischaemic heart disease. Cardiac arrhythmia is an abnormality in the rhythm or rate of beating of the heart. This can lead to heart attack which is well known in its consequences. Ischaemic heart disease is a lack of supply of blood to the heart which can also lead to a heart attack.
So, if you have ever wondered why you or someone you know is suffering from any of the above symptoms, you may find that the culprit is snoring.