All you snorers out there, here’s a wakeup call! Habitual snorers can be at risk of serious health problems, including sleep apnea. So if you, your partner or any other loved one suffers from habitual snoring, don’t ignore the snore!
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If pauses occur while you snore, and if choking or gasping follows the pauses, these are major signs that you have sleep apnea. So if you found that the first symptom seemed familiar, consider if you feel like this as well.
Do you wake up with a very sore or dry throat?
Do you snore really loudly?
Do you suffer from sleepiness or lack of energy during the day?
Do you have morning headaches?
Do you feel restlessness during sleep?
Do you experience forgetfulness, mood swings, and a low libido?
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Most people think snoring is just an annoying accompaniment of sleep. But before you render this habit normal, consider the fact that people whose snoring is caused by severe sleep apnea have a 40 percent greater chance of dying early than their peers. Although not all those who snore have sleep apnea, most snorers do suffer from it. So, don’t take things lightly! Wake up and shake up!
Snoring with or without sleep apnea is a health concern which can lead to a host of health problems like –
Intensity of snoring is related to the risk of carotid atherosclerosis, which is the narrowing of the arteries in the neck due to fatty deposits called plaque and this ultimately leads to stroke. In simpler terms, the louder and longer you snore at night, the greater is your long-term risk of stroke.
A person who snores has a higher risk of heart disease as well. Research suggests that people with sleep apnea are twice as likely to have fatal heart attacks.
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Mental health issues
Snoring or sleep apnea can affect our mental health in the long run. Depression, anxiety, stress and memory loss are the more common mental health issues caused due to sleep apnea and the rare ones could be Bipolar disorder and ADHD.
A large number of overweight people suffer from sleep apnea or snoring. So, it’s easy to deduce that snoring has a lot to do with weight issues. This is partly because of the extra weight that collects around the throat, making it harder to breathe consistently at night.
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This is the most obvious effects of snoring that one could think of. Insomnia could cause a host of problems ranging from headaches to lack of alertness.
Inform your loved ones about their potential health problems from habitual snoring and ask them to consult a doctor today! If it is you, wake up from the snore, before your health hits the floor.