What can happen if Snoring is left untreated for long?
Snoring is one sleep disorder that affects millions of individuals all around the world. While people with snoring disorder often suffer from social stigma and become victims of various snoring jokes, but that is not all. If not treated on time, snoring can lead to serious health hazards too. So, if you are also suffering from this disorder, you need to take steps to stop snoring in order to avoid severe health problems in long run.
Here’s what can happen if snoring is not treated for long time:
Heart Disorder: Clinical studies have shown that people with snoring or sleep apnea are twice likely to fall victim of various heart diseases such as coronary artery disease and high blood pressure.
Stroke: Excessive snoring often alleviates the risk of stroke. Snoring is often caused by narrowing of the nasal passage which gradually increases breathlessness during sleep. The louder you snore, the higher the risk of stroke you face. Therefore, seek immediate medical attention in case you are having trouble sleeping or if you have the tendency of halted breathing during sleep.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD: GERD is a common problem among people suffering from intense snoring. While you snore, air moves in and out of your throat in a disordered manner. This causes severe air pressure changes in the intestine, ultimately causing GERD in the long term.
Persistent headache: Constant headache can create a significant disruption in anyone’s social, professional and personal life. People with snoring disorder often start their mornings with a severe headache that lasts throughout the day.
Arrhythmias: Long-term sufferers of sleep apnea or snoring often develop various types of arrhythmias. Snoring restricts your breathing for an extended period of time. Disordered breathing over a prolonged period of time interferes with the natural rhythm the heart. Thus treating snoring is absolutely necessary to prevent further damage to the heart.
Low oxygen level in blood: Due to snoring natural breathing gets hampered, and thus, the oxygen supply reduces significantly in blood. This may result in fatigue, dizziness, and even organ dysfunction in the long run.
Fatigue: Snoring often disrupts sleep making one wake up frequently. Also, the quality of sleep reduces significantly due to excessive snoring. Thus, heavy snorers often suffer from daytime sleepiness and fatigue, which hampers the quality of life.
So, these are the health hazards that may arise while you do not take adequate measures to stop snoring. The disorder, no matter how funnily portrayed in popular culture, has deep-rooted health consequences if not treated in time. So, if you or any of your friends or family members is suffering from sleep apnea or snoring, it is time to consider snoring treatments to protect against the long-term health conditions.
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