10 Facts About Snoring That Can Save Your Life

If you are a habitual snorer, check out these potentially life-saving facts about snoring and consult with your healthcare provider as soon as possible. 


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1. Snorers have a higher risk of stroke.

As mentioned, chronic snoring is typically a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Because OSA temporarily cuts your air supply during sleep, it deprives the brain of oxygen needed to keep the body’s systems running smoothly. To compensate, the body releases stress hormones which, over time, elevate blood pressure and affect the heart’s ability to pump normally. Both high blood pressure and erratic heart function can lead to strokes.

2. Snoring causes accidents due to sleep deprivation.

Habitual snoring reduces the quality of your sleep. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you’re even more likely to suffer from sleep deprivation—a lack of adequate sleep. Insufficient sleep impairs alertness and reaction time. It’s no surprise, then, to discover tiredness is a cause in 100,000 car accidents and 1,550 car-accident deaths every year. Daytime sleepiness also leads to workplace accidents, particularly repeated accidents by the same fatigued employees. 

3. Snoring can cause obesity.

Snoring can lead to obesity. Whether sleep apnea is the cause or not, chronic snoring disrupts your sleep. The resulting sleep deprivation can make you consume excessive sugary drinks and foods to stay alert. Tired people are also less likely to exercise. This double whammy of high-calorie foods and reduced physical activity is a recipe for obesity.  Obesity increases your risk of all causes of death including, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.   

4. Snoring can lead to heart disease.

Medical research reveals that snorers or people with breathing issues during sleep are at an increased risk of high blood pressure. Per the CDC, high blood pressure can make the arteries less elastic. This, in turn, decreases the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart and can cause a heart attack and even heart failure.

5. Snorers are prone to chronic acid reflux (GERD).

Nearly half of acid reflux sufferers snore, according to a study of over 700 people with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). What is GERD? When you eat, food travels through your esophagus to your stomach. A muscle at the bottom of the esophagus opens to let the food in and is meant to close up again. If it doesn’t, stomach acids rise up to the esophagus causing heartburn which is not, itself, a health hazard. Chronic severe heartburn, however, can lead to  ulcers, inflammation and even cancer of the esophagus. 

6. Snoring can lead to Type 2 diabetes.

If you snore regularly, you are twice as likely as a non-snorer to develop Type 2 diabetes, regardless of your weight, family history of diabetes or whether you smoke or not. The reason is snoring is often associated with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea deprives the body of sufficient oxygen to operate. The body responds by producing the stress hormone cortisol which increases insulin resistance. For that reason, snoring can also worsen Type 2 diabetes.  

7. Snoring weakens your immune system.

As we know, chronic snoring undermines your ability to enjoy deep, rejuvenating sleep. This lack of sleep compromises your immune system. Insufficient sleep inhibits the immune system’s production of proteins, antibodies and other substances you need to fight illness. This makes you more susceptible to catching viruses including COVID-19 and the common cold.

8. Snoring can lead to lung disease.

Snoring is a common sleep apnea symptom and doctors know sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure.  Medical research also suggests that the majority of sleep apnea sufferers will develop pulmonary hypertension - high blood pressure in the arteries from the heart to the lungs. When you have pulmonary hypertension, the small arteries in your lungs constrict or become blocked. It’s more difficult for blood to flow through the obstructed arteries and that raises blood pressure in your lungs. The heart works harder to pump blood; over time, the heart may weaken and ultimately fail.

9. Snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, a serious medical condition.

Chronic snoring, particularly loud snoring, is frequently a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA refers to a medical condition in which a person temporarily stops breathing during sleep. In severe cases, this may happen 30 or more times per hour. It’s not uncommon for OSA sufferers to wake up gasping for air through the night. These chronic interruptions to restful sleep often result in sleep deprivation. OSA also causes dangerously low oxygen levels during sleep. Left untreated, OSA can lead to serious health issues and even death.

10. Snoring can cause sudden death.

Snorers with obstructive sleep apnea are at a higher risk of cardiac arrest than individuals without sleep apnea. The reason is sleep apnea inhibits the free flow of oxygen through the body. When blood oxygen saturation levels fall to below 78%, the risk of cardiac arrest is 80% higher. Adults 60 and older with moderate to severe sleep apnea are at the greatest risk. 

What’s the moral of the story?  Don’t ignore snoring—your own or your partner’s—consult your healthcare provider for medical help.


[1] Harvard Medical School: “Apnea, Health Consequences

[1] “Stroke Awareness Month: Untreated Sleep Apnea and Stroke

[1] WebMD: “10 Things to Hate About Sleep Loss

[1] SnoreLap: “Overweight and Snoring: A Vicious Cycle”

[1] CDC: “Adult Obesity Causes & Consequences”

[1] WebMD: “Snoring Linked to High Blood Pressure”

[1] CDC: “Heard Disease”

[1] Web MD:” A Visual Guide to Understanding Heartburn and GERD.”

[1] Diabetes Self-Management: “Snoring and Diabetes”

[1]Philips: “Sleep Smart: Bolstering immunity with better sleep”

[1] National Library of Medicine: “Chronic lung disease in the sleep apnea syndrome”

[1] WebMD: “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”


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