Saturday, 30 June 2012

The Health Risks of Snoring

They say its normal to snore and in many cases snoring can be quite harmless. However, if it starts becoming truly irritating and persistent enough to take its toll on your personal and professional life, you might want to look into it so you can minimize it, or stop it altogether. You might wonder how snoring can effect your professional life, it can have a big effect of professional relationships due to the fact that if you don't get enough sleep you will not be able to function as well.  You might find that you are irritable, tired, finding it hard to concentrate, this will all have a knock on effect at work and with relationships.

You can say that, with snoring, you could be doing a full circle: it can be caused by health conditions and also have a very high probability of leading to further health complications and issues. Sleep disorders, obesity, nasal problems, and throat-related illnesses are said to some of the most common health issues that give rise to snoring problems. On the other hand, the action of snoring whereby oxygen supply to the brain is significantly decreased could lead to other, more serious health problems and injuries.

Reduced oxygen supply to the brain can wreak havoc to one’s concentration and focus. The risks of incurring injuries while on the job are especially higher when the person is involved in blue-collar jobs and manual labor. How many times have you heard or read about vehicular accidents happening because the order fell asleep behind the wheel? Or other manual-related labor injuries because the person handling this or that machine was unable to focus?

Other serious medical conditions that can arise from reduced oxygen in the brain include cardiovascular diseases, stroke, hypertension, and high blood pressure. When oxygen levels are very low, the heart is forced to pump harder, causing blood pressure to become elevated. Obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder that is closely associated with snoring, involves cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more at a time. This breathing obstruction manifests itself through snoring, and when this happens frequently and for long periods, the blood pressure will also rise. It could also lead to heart enlargement, increasing the chances of the person having a stroke or cardiac arrest.

It goes both ways: people suffering from cardiovascular conditions tend to be massive snorers, and those who snore a lot have higher risks of developing heart problems. When you look at it, unless snoring is dealt with, it’s a lose-lose situation.

Another condition that can result from snoring problems is Type II diabetes. A study undertaken by Yale University found that people who snore have a 50% greater chance of developing diabetes than those who don’t. When the body experiences stress due to not getting enough oxygen, it produces adrenalin to cope with the stress. Too much adrenalin will cause blood sugar to rise, and this will trigger diabetes. 

Obstructive sleep apnea has always been associated with poorer glucose control, thus, a snorer who is already suffering from a preexisting case of Type II diabetes will have an even more difficult time recovering from it. Diabetes treatments encourage the secretion of insulin by the pancreas and, if one is suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, there isn’t enough oxygen in the body to make the pancreas do its job properly, making it harder for the diabetes treatment to take effect.

Humor is all well and good, and it’s not wrong to laugh about snoring and make jokes about it. However, you should also take it seriously, if only to avoid potential health risks and complications that you may regret later in life.

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