Snoring is disruptive and uncomfortable. It is considered to be a nuisance as you cannot escape its incessant noise. It is just not an unwanted habit, but acts as a reservoir for a bunch of health hazards and is destined to render your disrupted sleep and fatigue and your partner with a sense of alienation regardless of its discomfort.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the statistics revealed that about 37 million adults suffer from snoring. And if the snoring is caused by sleep apnea, the chances of person dying are 40% more than the peers. There are many risks associated with sleep disorders. Wondering, what they are? Some of them are listed below for your reference:
- Cardiovascular complications: Sleep apnea results in high blood pressure, which leads to an increase in the heart size that creates a higher risk of heart attack or strokes. Also, studies indicate that a greater intensity of snoring means greater risk of narrowing of the arteries or carotid atherosclerosis which results in heart diseases.
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): It is a chronic digestive disease wherein, the stomach acids back up into the esophagus and causes irritation in the tender lining. The snorer’s throat closes as the air moves in and out of the lungs. During the sleep the change in the pressure causes stomach acids to back up into the esophagus, which results in GERD.
- Low oxygen levels: As you are not breathing regularly, the body doesn’t get the right amount of oxygen needed in the blood. If there is an interruption of say 10 seconds throughout the night, you will often wake up feeling suffocated. This disrupts the sleep cycle and makes you feel uncomfortable.
This annoying habit is actually an alarm bell that warrants immediate attention. The sooner it is treated, the lesser consequences you will have to suffer.