Snoring Makes MedicalNews A quick look at some of the recentmedical articles on the web lately will show that snoring is making headlines. No longer is it the plight of the restless wife who has to deal with her husband’s freighttrain sounding snoring, or is it the burden of the tossing and turning husband who endures the cacophonous roar of his wife’s snoring—it is now the responsibility of every snorer outthere to look into their own health. Recent research has found that snorers, even thoseconsidered light snorers, may be more at risk for cardiovascular health problems(Tachyarrhythmia, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Biventricular Pacemaker,ImplantableCardioverter Defibrillator, etc.) due to the hardening of arteries in the neck.The StudyThe study was done at Detroit’s Henry Ford hospital and focused on 913 patients from differentdemographics. All of the patients were between 18 and 50 years old, and none of them sufferedfrom obstructive sleep apnea, another disease linked to snoring. Researchers monitored sleeppatterns and essentially grouped the 900 patients into two different groups: snorers andnonsnorers. What they found was that the snorers had thicker arterial walls in the carotid area.The Significance If you’ve ever checked anybody’s pulse, you know where the
carotid artery is. It’s that big, pulsing spot on either side of your throat/windpipe, and is one of themost important arteries in your body. It supplies your brain with blood. When carotid artery wallsthicken, a person may be at higher risk of carotid artery disease, which is a condition in whichthe carotid narrows and can even become blocked, resulting in less oxygen to the brain andeven in stroke. There are other risk factors that can lead to cardiovascular disease, such asobesity, cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, and others, but the researchers were unableto link any of these to the thickening of the carotid arterial wall. For more info check our “What isIABP” article.
Snoring has also been linked to obstructive sleep apnea, a much more wellknown conditionrelated to the realm of sleep. Those that snore should not only be concerned about thickenedarterial walls, but they should also be aware of the dangers posed by sleep apnea. Sleep apneaoccurs when softtissue in the back of the throat obstructs the airway, halting breathing in themiddle of the night and causing the body and brain to suffer from a lack of oxygen. Most peoplethat have sleep apnea don’t know that they have it (because it happens while you are sleeping),so consider consulting a physician if you or your partner suffers from chronic snoring.How Can I Stop Snoring?There are a couple of ways that you can naturally stop your snoring including: ● Sleeping in a different position, on your side or your stomach ● Not eating as much before you go to bed ● Losing weight if you are overweight ● Putting a humidifier in your room, or using hydrating nasal sprays ● Reducing/Quitting smoking if you are a smokerThere are plenty of other resources out there when it comes to how to stop snoring, one of myfavorites being the Snore Stop blog. Also a good way to find more about this topic is this articleabout antisnoring device.By FeelGoodTime.net. All Rights Reserved.