Snoring is annoying for sleep partners more than it is for those who snore. And patients who snore go to a doctor not because they’re scared about potential health problems that might be causing snoring, but because their partners can’t sleep. However, snoring is more than just an annoying habit as more and more studies link snoring to cardiovascular disease.
“It’s very rare that I have someone come in and say, ‘I think I have sleep apnea. It’s more like ‘I’m snoring quite badly, and my bed partner wants me to do something about it,'” said Jennifer Hsia, a sleep surgeon at University of Minnesota Health in Minneapolis.
“If the snoring is bad and you have witnessed apneas, and there is some suspicion of daytime sleepiness or poor performance at work or risk of a car accident because you’re sleeping at the wheel, go to a sleep doctor. Generally, the only thing that can happen when you go to a sleep physician is that you can improve the quality of your life a little bit,” added Ricardo Osorio from NYU Langone Medical Center in New York.
Snoring Can Be A Sign Of Some More Severe Health Issues
Snoring happens when the throat muscles relax, narrowing the airways, so the air, during inhalation, causes the soft tissues in the back of the throat to vibrate. Nobody knows, though, while only some of us snore, but scientists observed that, most likely, overweight people present higher risks of snoring. Also, snoring becomes more common as we age, while men snore more than women. As for the health issues that snoring might indicate to, the doctors are not entirely clear about this topic.
What’s for sure is that apnea, which is usually accompanied by snoring, might lead to cardiovascular disease. Also, apnea is one of the causes of cancer, diabetes pregnancy complications, and Alzheimer’s disease, among others.
In short, snoring can be a sign of some more severe health issues, so the doctors recommend people who snore to come to visit a sleep expert for a thorough consult.