Snoring Can Be Associated with the Risk of Dangerous Diseases

Snoring Can Be Associated with the Risk of Dangerous Diseases

Snoring is often considered a bad habit while sleeping. Because, the snoring is often disturbed by people around. Snoring is indeed quite common, but this condition can also appear as a symptom of a dangerous medical condition.

Snoring is more experienced by men, especially men who are overweight. Some people who are overweight tend to experience sleep apnea with its main characteristics snoring to wake up. This condition is likely caused by excess fat that builds up around the neck, causing disturbed breathing flow during sleep.

 Snoring Can Be Associated with the Risk of Dangerous Diseases

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Snoring and Risk of accompanying diseases

Some people may have tonsils or large tongues that can narrow or block the airway, causing snoring during sleep. Family history of snoring and consuming alcohol can also increase the risk of snoring. As you get older, the snoring can get worse.

In certain cases, snoring can also be associated with an increased risk of various dangerous diseases, including:

    Respiratory disorders
    People who often snore are at risk of developing sleep apnea. This condition can cause respiratory problems due to closed airways. This event can occur more than 10 seconds while sleeping.
    People who snore and experience sleep apnea are also at risk of developing gastric acid disease (GERD). This condition causes changes in pressure that make the stomach contents rise again in the esophagus.
    Headaches and insomnia
    Research reveals that there is a relationship between headaches in the morning and insomnia. People who snore and often have headaches tend to have a lower quality of life than those who don't.
    According to the study, the intensity of snoring is associated with the risk of carotid atherosclerosis, namely narrowing of the arteries in the neck due to fat deposits or plaque. This buildup of plaque can cause a stroke, if it occurs also in the brain's blood vessels.
    In the long run, people with obstructive sleep apnea can experience a left atrial enlargement of the heart and may affect the electrical conduction of the heart. This condition is known as arrhythmias (heart rhythm disturbances).
    Pregnancy complications
    Although the relationship is not yet clear, research has found that pregnant women who snore in the last trimester of pregnancy are more at risk of developing pregnancy complications or disorders of the fetus.

In addition to the possible risks above, snoring can also cause other complications, such as difficulty concentrating, daytime sleepiness, and a tendency to aggressive nature. This condition can cause a person to be more at risk of having an accident or injury, as well as lower sexual satisfaction. Therefore, if the habit of snoring feels very disturbing, you should immediately contact a doctor.

To diagnose the cause of snoring, doctors can take several diagnostic steps, such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRI of the respiratory tract. In addition, the doctor may perform a sleep study to confirm the condition.

After the diagnosis is made, the doctor will ask the patient to apply a healthy lifestyle as the initial step of treatment. Snoring habits can also be overcome independently by changing sleeping position, sleeping on time and regularly, avoiding alcohol use, and drinking lots of water.

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