So, you snore. No big deal, right? Well, according to researchers at the sleep clinic of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, USA, snoring may be linked to heart problems.
- Snoring may lead to the thickening of your carotid arteries’ inner walls, thus increasing your risk of having a stroke.
- Usually, we assume that heart problems occur because the snorer suffers from obstructive sleep apnoea. However, the 913 participants in the research did not suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea, suggesting that snoring is not as harmless as many people may think.
- Your risk increases if you are also obese, smoking, or have diabetes, high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol levels.
Follow-up research yielded mixed results, so the link between snoring and heart problems is still controversial. Clearly, we need more research to be done on this matter.
In the meantime, however, it is still a good idea to minimize your snoring to reduce its possible impact on your heart.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and exercise regularly.
- If you drink alcohol, do so moderately, and avoid drinking three hours before bedtime.
- If you smoke, it’s time to quit. Smoking irritates your throat and increases your tendency to snore.
- Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about anti-snoring aids. Anti-snoring nasal sprays are a convenient solution. There are also mouth guards and other devices that may help.
Reference: Psychology Today. Available at www.psychologytoday.com.