Snoring is a problem that affects over two-thirds of adults. What is also shocking is that it can be a life-threatening condition. It is responsible for countless hours of lost sleep and productivity – for both snorers and their partners. Aside from the obvious difficulties of having a partner that snores, snoring can lead to serious health problems for the sufferer.
The sound of someone snoring is due to the tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth vibrating against the back of the throat. The sound that is heard generally comes from the back of the airway and not the nose. Simply put, snoring happens one a person’s airway is partially obstructed.
Snoring tends to be a strong sign of the condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes breathing to stop for a period of ten seconds or more. One of the primary risks associated with snoring is a reduced amount of oxygen reaching bloodstream. This oxygen deprivation affects the brain since the person stops breathing for a period of time. Other risks that can be caused or aggravated by this type of sleeping disorder include strokes, high blood pressure, concentration issues, heart related diseases, memory problems and sexual dysfunction.
Other causes of snoring and sleep apnea include obesity, large adenoids or tonsils, having a deviated nasal septum or an enlarged tongue, nasal blockage or congestion because of a cold, allergy and smoking. In addition, you are likely to suffer from snoring sleep apnea if you have a throat and tongue that have a tendency to relax more than normal while sleeping. Alcohol and age can also cause snoring sleep apnea.
Another less obvious side-effect of snoring that has come to light is low self-esteem. Though it’s not surprising as we learn more about the debilitating effects of persistent poor sleep. As you can see, snoring is not something to be taken lightly. If you discover that you suffer from heavy snoring, seek a medical professional who specializes in snoring and sleep apnea.