Posted by Philippa Logan on January 10, 2017
Snoring, although it is a joke around the dinner table, it is a complex sleep disorder that plays havoc with your health and relationships. Snoring is more often associated with men but a large percentage of women are seeking help for their snoring condition.
Snoring is a symptom, and it could be sending you a sign that your body is in trouble!
The snoring noise is created by the vibration of soft tissue as the air moves through the narrowed airway. The majority of adults snore when they sleep on their back and their tongue and soft tissue relaxes, falls back and partially blocks the airway. But other causes of this irritating noise can originate from a nasal blockage. This type of blockage can be caused by growths, polyps, enlarged adenoids or even a deviated septum.These types of snoring disturbs sleep patterns and deprives the snorer the adequate sleep they need to lead a healthy lifestyle.
But habitual snoring may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, which can lead to serious long term health problems.
People who suffer from sleep apnea have excessive sleepiness during the day. They experience symptoms such as depression, irritability, lack of concentration and falling asleep at work or while driving. Left untreated, symptoms of sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke.
Workers who do not address their sleep apnea sleep disorder or are unaware that their snoring is critical are not only in danger at their work place but to themselves. Fox News reports how sleep apnea has been linked to several recent train crashes in the USA and the MTA is moving forward in getting sleep apnea testing for engineers who drive public commuters.