Health Effects of Snoring

Health Effects of Snoring

Snoring is a common condition that impacts millions of people today. Snoring is not only extremely common, but it can be quite disruptive for those who must share sleeping quarters with someone who snores. While snoring can impact virtually any person, it is most common in overweight individuals and men, and it only tends to worsen with age.

While most people will have bouts with occasional snoring from time to time, there is a difference between the infrequent snorer and the habitual snorer. If you tend to snore every night, it not only impacts those who are sleeping near you, but it can also impact your quality of sleep, even if you don’t notice it. Frequent snoring comes with a number of health effects, and the more you know about these potential health effects, the easier it will be for you to get the help that you deserve.

  • Poor sleep quality. People who snore typically wake up multiple times during the middle of the night, even if they don’t realize it. It can lead to a poorer quality of sleep, even if you believe you are sleeping through the night.
  • Cardiovascular issues. Continued snoring caused by obstructive sleep apnea, a common cause of snoring, can actually increase your blood pressure and lead to higher risks of stroke and heart attack.
  • Chronic headaches. Those who snore every evening are more likely to suffer from chronic headaches.
  • Fatigue. Daytime fatigue and sleepiness are also common side effects of habitual snoring. This can actually lead to a greater risk of injury during the day as well—which is something people struggling with fatigue need to be very cautious about.
  • Low blood oxygen levels. When you snore frequently, you are more likely to have lower oxygen levels in your blood, which can lead to constricted blood vessels in the lungs and even pulmonary hypertension.
  • Arrhythmias. People with long-term snoring issues are actually at risk of developing irregular heart rhythms. Having your sleep apnea treated with CPAP will lower your chances of developing these arrhythmias.
  • GERD. GERD or Gastroesophageal reflux disease is very common in individuals with sleep apnea. This may have to do with the way the throat closes while air is moving in and out during sleep. GERD and sleep apnea are also both common in individuals who are overweight, and they tend to improve with healthy weight reduction.

If you are concerned about your, or your partner’s snoring habits, and want to know more about the health effects of snoring, schedule an appointment with Continuum Internal Medicine today. We can help you learn more about the health risks associated with snoring and some of the solutions available to help you with this common issue. Give us a call today at 817-617-8650 to schedule your appointment.