Snoring problems can range from mild to severe. In severe cases, snoring can disrupt relationships and pose serious risks to health. There are many signs that your snoring may be adversely affecting your health, or that you may also have sleep apnea, a more serious condition of breathing stoppage that deprive your body of oxygen flow. (See also, Sleep Apnea Symptoms, to determine whether you or a bed partner is exhibiting symptoms of the condition).
To better understand snoring and its effects on health, here are some useful facts about snoring:
- Snoring can range from a light fluttering to a growling sound. In some cases it may be loud enough to disturb your neighbors.
- The snorer may sleep with his or her mouth open and has frequent tossing and turning.
- Snoring may interfere with your own sleep, causing fatigue and irritability during the day.
- Loud snoring with pauses in your breathing indicates sleep apnea. These breathing stoppages occur when the tissues of the soft palate, tonsils, uvula, and throat relax during sleep, reducing the supply of oxygen to the body.
Effects on Your Health
- Snoring may cause sleep deprivation for both the snorer and bedmate.
- Sleep loss can have serious health consequences: daytime fatigue, headaches, nightmares, reduced sex drive, memory loss, and nightmares.
- Snoring has been linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
Talking To Your Partner
- Snoring can cause great distress for the bed partners of snorers, commonly causing couples to end up sleeping in different rooms.
- Sleep deprivation has potentially serious health consequences, including reduced sex drive, which adversely affects personal relationships.
Dr. Volpi has many years of experience in addressing snoring, sleep apnea, smell and taste disorders, along with sinus surgery and throat disease. Dr. Volpi has also pioneered innovative and effective treatments for snoring and sleep apnea. If you or your partner suffers from snoring, call us today.