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Is Snoring Bad For You?

Snoring is an issue that many people face in their lifetime. It affects approximately 90 million American adults, of which 37 million people experience the condition on a regular basis. However, snoring is a condition that is more common among men and occur frequently in people who are overweight, and the condition generally tends to worsen with age. Snoring occasionally is not a very serious concern, although it may be a nuisance to your partners sleep. However, if you experience snoring more frequently and as a habit, it disturbs the sleep patterns of your partner as well as affecting your own sleep, which can have very severe consequences down the road. In such cases, medical assistance should be sought to prevent serious conditions and difficulties that may arise from your snoring habits.

Snoring can be bad for you and is caused by the physical obstruction of airflow through the mouth and the nose. Various factors can contribute to such obstructions, which results in the snoring sounds. One such method is the obstruction of airways due to deformities in the nose and the part of the wall that separates the nostrils from each other. This is often seen in individuals who suffer from various allergies, and especially during allergy season. Another method that the nasal airways become obstructed is due to nasal polyps. Snoring can also occur in individuals who have poor muscle tone in the throat and the tongue. This can cause the tongue and throat muscles to collapse into the airway, resulting in an obstruction of airflow.

The muscle tone in these areas can become poor due to a number of reasons such as consumption of alcohol, aging, various medications such as aging and also during deep sleep. Symptoms are also very common among overweight and obese individuals. This is because being overweight can cause the throat tissues to bulk up, blocking the airways. Another cause for snoring is an elongated uvula, which is the dangling tissue at the back of your throat.

This, along with a long soft palate can come in contact with each other, causing snoring. Smoking and consumption of alcohol can also lead to snoring. Alcohol and smoking can cause the muscles to relax around the throat. This can be cause by some medications as well. When the muscles relax, the flesh of the throat can obstruct the airflow resulting in snoring. The nasal passage and the throat muscles becomes irritated during snoring. This causes inflammations in these areas which obstructs the airflow even more. Sleeping posture also plays a major role in snoring. If you are sleeping on your back, the tissues can fall back due to gravity. This can cause partial or complete restriction of the airways. It is best to sleep on your side to reduce snoring.

Even though occasional snoring does not pose any significant health risks, if you hear negative complaints from your family members or spouse that you are disturbing their sleep through snoring, it is an indicator that you may be suffering from habitual snoring. Habitual snoring can put you at risk of severe health issues and disease. Chances are that you should be considering medical help to improve your condition, in order to avoid possible health risks down the line. If you are snoring a lot during sleep, and snore very often, you may face various sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea can result in various issues on its own, such as long interruptions of breathing which extends to more than ten seconds. This occurs during sleep from obstructions in the airway. You will wake up several times during your sleep without realizing it. This causes your sleep patterns to change for the worse, and you will are not likely to get the sleep you need. This will significantly reduce the quality of your sleep. The body will not enter deep sleep since it can cause the muscles to relax, making obstructions in the airflow. This causes light sleeping, which also degrades the quality of your sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea can cause strains on the heart and result in elevated blood pressure. This increases the chances of stroke and heart disease. The condition can also reduce the levels of oxygen in the blood, since you will not breathe for extended periods of time. As a result, you will feel drowsy, your blood vesselsin lungs will become constricted and it can eventually lead to pulmonary hypertension.

The most dangerous outcome of snoring is the damage it causes to your sleep, as well as the sleep of others who sleep next to you. Even though it may not feel significant, reduced quality of sleep for extended periods of time can have severe consequences on your life. Insomnia can lead to excessive fatigue during the day, causing reduced productivity and lack of concentration. This can increase the risks of injuries and accidents at work, falling asleep while driving and snoring can even cause difficulties in managing your daily life and relationships. Lack of sleep can also cause severe headaches. All these add up to lost productivity and difficulties in managing your daily tasks, while also putting you at the risk of accidents.

There are easy remedies to overcome snoring such as changing your posture during sleep and reducing your alcohol consumption levels. There are additional solutions to snoring such as therapy, Continuous positive airway pressure therapy and mandibular advancement splints. Mandibular advancement splints devices are worn in the mouth to treat conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, and offer an alternative form of treatment to therapy. You should also pay close attention to your weight, as obesity and overweight can significantly increase the chances of snoring. If you are suffering from snoring or your family members and those that are close to you indicate to you that you snore frequently, talking to your doctor or a sleep specialist is extremely important. Seeking treatment early can help you maintain the quality of life you need while also helping others who are close to you sleep better as well.

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Is Snoring Bad For You?