The 9 most serious Risks of Snoring according to Clinical Studies

Snoring typically occurs when your airflow is restricted while you’re sleeping. While you may be able to reduce or stop snoring with home remedies or by making certain lifestyle changes, long-term and/or loud snoring may be indicative of a more serious problem. In most cases, snoring isn’t something to be overly concerned about. However, 9 clinical studies have revealed the most serious risks of snoring.

Cardiovascular Risk Factors for Chronic Snorers

One of the greatest risk factors associated with chronic snoring is cardiovascular or heart disease. A mid-1990s study conducted at Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen, concluded that there was an elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease or heart disease among chronic or frequent snorers. When you snore, there are chemicals within the brain that trigger breathing and have the tendency to fail in individuals who snore. As a result, we see a dramatic drop in oxygen levels which causes adrenaline, cortisone, and other hormones to surge. These hormones contribute to hypertension and heart irregularities that can cause heart failure or trigger a heart attack.

Chronic Snoring and the Risk of Cerebral Infarction (2 separate studies)

Two independent studies have suggested that there is a correlation between chronic snoring and the risk of cerebral or brain infarction. The first study conducted at the Institut Universitaire Veille-Sommeil in France in the mid-1990’s suggested the risk of arterial hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, and obesity. More importantly, the study found that chronic snoring significantly increases the risk of stroke. Although sleep-related stroke was not significantly linked to chronic or habitual snoring, there was an elevated risk of ischemic stroke among older male snorers with arterial hypertension. An October, 2015 study that was presented at the International Stroke Conference contended that poor sleep can increase the potential for having a stroke.

A second study conducted by the Laboratory of Epidemiology, Demography, and Biometry at the National Institute on Aging and published in 2003 by the American Academy of Neurology suggested that chronic daily headache sufferers that were also chronic snorers were more likely to have a cerebral infarction or stroke. Snoring that is associated with sleep apnea can cause damage to the brain by decreasing blood flow and increasing blood pressure. It’s well documented that one of the primary risk factors for stroke is hypertension or high blood pressure. Because of this and the fact almost 40% of all strokes occur when a person is sleeping, many doctors now believe that there is a direct link between chronic snoring and stroke.

Heavy Snorers Disease

Heavy snorers disease is the development of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome or OSAS from chronic or heavy snoring. A 1999 study conducted at the Department of Otolaryngology at Huddinge University Hospital in Sweden found that the majority of patients that were chronic snorers had an elevated risk of developing heavy snorers disease. The cause underlying the progression to collapsing airways during sleep is still unclear. The study also revealed that night time respiratory disturbances became worse, even among those patients already suffering with OSAS. Since it is unknown which “heavy snorer” is at the highest risk of developing OSAS, the early preventative treatment for snoring is recommended.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, Snoring, and Stroke

A neurological study conducted at the Department of Neurology, University of Helsinki found that snoring associated with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome can significantly increase the risk of stroke. Furthermore, there is increasing evidence to suggest that sleep apnea-related snoring is associated with cerebrovascular diseases. The study also suggests that several others may be involved since many established risk factors are related to sleep apnea-related snoring. These include age, arterial hypertension, coronary heart disease, drinking alcohol, obesity, and smoking. Recent clinical and epidemiologic studies have indicated that snoring can potentially increase stroke risk independently of these other factors.

Risks of Cardiovascular Disease for Women who Snore

The data from a study conducted at the Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and published in 2000 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggested that women who snore habitually have a slightly elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This was independent of other cardiovascular risk factors such as age, BMI (Body Mass Index), and smoking. Furthermore, findings from other studies show that women whose heavy snoring is attributed to obstructive sleep apnea have a greater risk of developing heart disease earlier in life than men. The study also revealed that OSA is often underdiagnosed among people who snore.

Risks of Ischemic Heart Disease and Stroke among Men who Snore

An article published in the British Medical Journal in January of 1987 discussed a study from the University of Helsinki’s Department of Neurology about the risk of developing ischemic heart disease and the potential for having a stroke among men who snore. Individuals diagnosed with sleep apnea tend to have reduced oxygen levels in their systems which can contribute to heart damage and the development of heart disease. Furthermore, obstructive sleep apnea or OSA decreases blood flow to the brain and elevates blood pressure, and hinders the brain’s ability to avoid getting damaged. This is why some sleep apnea sufferers have had strokes and died in their sleep.

Sleep-disturbed Breathing and the Risk of developing Cancer

In 2010, the Department of Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin conducted a study that suggested a possible link between sleep-disordered or sleep-disturbed breathing and the development of cancer. Researchers found that sleep apnea patients or patients suffering with sleep-disturbed breathing were 4 to 8 times more likely to develop cancer compared to those individuals who don’t have any sleep-related problems. While increasing evidence suggests that sleep-disturbed breathing contributes to the risk of developing cancer, 80% to 90% of the individuals suffering with this sleep disorder may not be aware that they have it.

Snoring associated with OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)

It wasn’t until the early 20th century that science began to correlate the relationship between obesity, sleep-related disorders, and most importantly, snoring. At present, it is universally agreed upon and well documented that snoring associated with OSA can lead to more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, and sometimes nocturnal death. When snoring is associated with OSA, it can be extremely loud at first, then followed by silence when breathing is interrupted or stops completely. Eventually, the pause or reduction in breathing may wake with a loud gasping sound. If a spouse or partner tells you that this is happening with you, you should see a doctor immediately.

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