The Dangers of Snoring

It is estimated that more than 90 million North Americans snore. Taking into account the snorer’s spouse and children, as many as 160 million people are negatively affected by snoring. Snoring doesn’t merely interrupt your sleep cycle. The struggle for breath can result in soaring blood pressure, which can damage the walls of the carotid arteries and increase the risk of stroke. At certain levels of severity, complete blockage of the airway space by the soft tissues and the tongue can occur. If this period of asphyxiation lasts longer than 10 seconds, it is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a medical condition with serious long-term effects. 

Snoring can be a sign of more serious problems OSA has been linked to:

  • Heart attacks and stroke
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Type ll diabetes
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Cognitive dysfunction
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