Snoring is a loud, disruptive noise emitted from the throat during sleep that causes a multitude of health problems as well as issue between partners who sleep together. When some sort of obstruction causes a blockage in the airway, either in the nasal passage or in the throat, the snorer is unable to take in a normal level of oxygen. There are several causes of snoring including allergies causing nasal blockage, heavy drinking, obesity causing a narrowed airway and most often, a blockage in the throat due to the tongue. During sleep, the muscles of the mouth relax and the tongue can fall back into the throat leading to not only the nuisance of snoring, but also deadly repercussions. Chronic snoring can lead to sleep apnea, a permanent condition that requires treatment as it is a serious breathing issue. Mild or sporadic snoring, as well as snoring due to nasal blockage, is not necessarily a serious condition although it does indicate an improper intake of oxygen. While it is also recommended that mild snoring be treated it is not likely to lead to heart disease as chronic snoring or sleep apnea.
The least of all problems associated with chronic snoring, as well as sleep apnea, is prolonged fatigue which can lead to extreme exhaustion. When regular sleep patterns are interrupted by chronic snoring, daily dysfunction emerges as a result of lack of sleep. However, this extreme exhaustion, after years of chronic snoring, can lead to periodically falling asleep during the day, even while driving. Proper amount of sleep is absolutely essential to the entire well-being.
Because snoring is a result of an obstruction leading to the improper intake of air during sleep, consistently low oxygen intake can result in heart disease, leading to fatal heart attacks and strokes. The proper intake of oxygen is crucial for the holistic well-being of each and every person. Oxygen is taken in during inhalation and transported throughout the blood stream by red blood cells and then used by your body. Oxygen allows blood to effectively pump through the body because it fuels the heart. A strong and regular heartbeat is necessary for the body to function efficiently throughout the day without feeling fatigued, groggy or ill.
As the snorer takes in less oxygen throughout the night, the lining of the neck in thinned by a build-up of plaque. With normal levels of oxygen pumping through the blood stream, plaque is not able to build because a regular blood pressure maintains your body’s arteries. The deadly plaque build-up eventually leads to stroke as the arteries are clogged and the blood supply is cut from the brain. Stroke can be fatal or leave the victim with irreparable brain damage.
The build-up of plaque also signifies an issue with high blood pressure, another result of low oxygen intake. Along with stroke, high blood pressure also results in heart attack which can also be fatal.
There are several options to cure snoring and sleep apnea (or what is commonly referred to as Obstructive Sleep Apnea) ranging from body repositioning to surgery. A popular option that is highly revered as immediately effective is a mouthpiece or mouth guard. These devices work in two different ways to achieve the same result. The first type of models work to reposition the lower jaw in order to retain the tongue by tensing the muscles of the mouth and stop it from falling back into the jaw while the other simply holds the tongue in place with a band. Regardless of what you choose to stop your snoring, it is important to eliminate snoring from your life and get the proper rest your body needs.