Can Snoring Cause Health Risks?

girl with snoring health risksSnoring is a common sleep occurrence for many people every night. It is usually viewed with little concern, but there is a scary truth behind snoring and its connection with serious diseases. Snoring has been linked with several (possibly deadly) health risks that should not be taken lightly. A large number of people that chronically snore may actually have a serious condition known as sleep apnea, or interrupted breathing patterns while sleeping. This can greatly increase your risk of disease; therefore, you should speak with your doctor or dentist today if you believe you may have sleep apnea.

Heart Disease

It is well-known fact that sleep apnea can cause extreme, undue stress on your cardiovascular system. Your heart has to work overtime when your breathing patterns are disturbed, which can lead to high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. Some studies have revealed that people diagnosed with sleep apnea may be twice more likely to experience heart attacks than non-sufferers.

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is commonly associated with snoring and sleep apnea. The reason for this lies in the abnormal closure of your throat during sleep, which can cause pressure changes and actually suck the contents of your stomach back into your esophagus. In many cases, weight loss can reduce this uncomfortable nightly occurrence.

Mental Health Issues

Snoring can actually cause serious mental health concerns associated with lack of sleep. Many people are woken up several times at night because of their snoring or sleep apnea episodes. This can lead to extreme levels of fatigue, anxiety, and depression during the day. Fortunately, treatment for sleep apnea has been shown to improve many of these symptoms.

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