Are you or your partner a loud snorer? Don’t let it go untreated! Snoring is a common condition that can affect anyone, although it occurs more frequently in men and people who are overweight. Snoring has a tendency to worsen with age.
Occasional snoring is not very serious and is mostly a nuisance for your bed partner. However, if you are a habitual snorer, you not only disrupt the sleep patterns of those close to you, but you also impair your own sleep quality.
Snoring can also increase as weight is gained and as adults reach their senior years. Risk factors include:
Stroke: An analysis of health data from one sleep study found that the intensity of snoring was related to the risk of carotid atherosclerosis — narrowing of the arteries in the neck due to fatty deposits called plaque — and as a result, stroke.
Heart Disease: Data suggests that people with sleep apnea are twice as likely to have both nonfatal heart disease events and fatal heart attacks.
Excess Weight: Half of overweight people also have problems with snoring. This is partly because of the extra weight that collects around the neck, making it harder to keep breathing at night. Lack of sleep from snoring can also lead to slower metabolism.
Headaches: According to a recently published study researchers found a connection between frequent morning headaches and sleep disorders including insomnia and sleep apnea. Not surprisingly, snorers with frequent headaches reported a lower quality of life than those whose heads do not hurt.
Mental health issues: Snoring can affect your mental well-being, leading to issues ranging from crankiness to serious depression A recent study showed that the more daytime sleepiness people report, the greater their chances of also having mild depression or anxiety symptoms.
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