Snoring is a serious matter. It’s more than just the snorting sound one makes when asleep. Here’s what happens when we snore.
While we are asleep, turbulent airflow can cause the tissues of the palate (roof of the mouth) and throat to vibrate, giving rise to snoring. Essentially, snoring is a sound resulting from turbulent airflow that causes tissues to vibrate during sleep.
Given the fact that there’s some turbulent airflow that causes snoring, it’s really not enough to just acknowledge it. Snoring should be treated as soon as possible.
People who snore—and the partners who must listen to their snoring at night—usually have no problem acknowledging that snoring is disruptive and uncomfortable. But most don’t look for actual treatment for their snoring, particularly if it is not accompanied by obstructive sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that is characterized by interruptions to breathing during sleep.
Snoring—with or without sleep apnea—is a very real health concern. Snoring is a sign of disrupted sleep, which can lead to many health problems. And new research suggests that snoring itself may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Snoring, is no doubt, dangerous to the cardiovascular system. It can eventually damage the heart. According to the associate medical director for the Sleep Clinic at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Lawrence Epstein, it could pose as serious threat to the health of the heart.
Sleep apnea does more than interrupt your slumber. It could also threaten your heart health. “Apnea is a risk factor for the development of high blood pressure, and high blood pressure tends to lead to cardiovascular disease,” Dr. Epstein says.
No, Dr. Epstein isn’t kidding at all. You know why? Apparently, sleep apnea can actually cause the snorer to stop breathing.
People with obstructive sleep apnea stop breathing for 10 to 20 seconds while they sleep; this can occur from a few to hundreds of times a night.
While it doesn’t necessarily mean that people who snore suffer from sleep apnea, it’s safer to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Snoring doesn’t occur in every case of sleep apnea, and all people who snore don’t have sleep apnea, but anyone who is told they snore should consider obstructive sleep apnea as a possible cause.
It’s time to really take snoring seriously, considering the fatal effects of it on the heart. If the heart goes, then the whole body goes. Why wait for that to happen? Eliminating the apnea could lessen the risks of cardiovascular issues.
Although the research on sleep apnea treatments