Why snoring can kill you? That’s what you will discover in this article.
According to statistics, about 50% Americans are affected by disruptive snoring at some point in their lives. Also, 30-40% men and women snore regularly.
If this is you, listen up. A scary study from Detroit (Henry Ford Hospital) found that snoring actually increases the risk of heart attack, more than smoking. So snoring is not just disruptive, annoying, it can have significant health effects.
The study that looked at 1000 patients discovered that snoring is as dangerous as high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes and as a risk for heart disease.
Scientists believe that vibrations of snores can affect the main artery (thickening of the lining) that brings oxygenated blood from your heart to your brain and increases the risk of stroke and heart problems.
It’s important for people to know that if someone next to you snores, instead of just elbowing him or her, now you have to take it seriously. This is a real health hazard! Do not ignore this!
Did you know that certain conditions can contribute to this sleep problem, such as being overweight, smoking, drinking alcohol and having nasal and sinus issues?
Did you know that while you are creating noisy sounds your brain is not receiving enough oxygen? As a result, it make cause high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes! Some studies indicated that it can even lead to type 2 diabetes!
Snoring can also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The physical problem is blockage in the back of the throat. When a person obstructs at night, they usually stop breathing. When this happens, the oxygen level drops dramatically in the blood.
At that point, there is a surge of adrenalin and steroid hormones. The brain triggers responds from adrenal gland, which is where these hormones come from, and those hormones than contribute to high blood pressure and irregularities of heart. Those hormones are what can trigger heart attack.
In other words, if you lose air flow, brain thinks that you are being strangled. So someone who is snoring and is not getting enough air flow, is sending a signal to their brain, which causes the fight and flight response to be triggered. That person, while still asleep, is preparing to fight off whatever is strangling them.
This means that they release hormones and stimulants to get them awake, to raise their blood pressure and heart rate, to release sugar. This fight-flight respond stops the moment the person takes the next breath. But, all those chemicals that have been released cause harm. They cause elevation in blood pressure, they promote the development of cardiovascular diseases, they promote weight gain because they released sugar to their system as well as insulin. Over time this can have significant impact on variety of your body systems.
Heart failure can be one of the causes of OSA. And in return, OSA can seriously worsen heart function and aggravate heart failure.
So snoring is more than a bedtime annoyance; it’s not as benign as first believed. You need treatment in the same way you would if you had cardiovascular disease. So seek out medical help for you or the snorer that sleeps next to you or try these proven stop snoring aids.