Many individuals are not aware of the health risks associated with snoring. They are rather numerous and include things like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and sleep deprivation. Each one and its relationship to snoring will be covered in detail.
The way that snoring can cause heart disease is surprisingly complex. Most of it comes down to what happens on a cellular level while one is actually snoring. The problem lies within the blood vessels, especially those of the throat and head.
Snoring causes an audible noise and this noise causes vibrations. The sound of snoring literally vibrates the blood that is flowing through the head and neck while this is going on. When blood is exposed to significant vibrations it has a tendency to come apart more or less.
The vibrations cause things like minerals and fats in the blood to fall out. This means that they stop moving with the blood and settle where they fell out. In this case the fats and minerals settle in the veins and arteries of the neck and head.
Blood that has this kind of distorted consistency also increases the risk of heart disease in general. More severe conditions such as sleep apnea can damage the blood vessels in these areas to an even further extent.
The increased risk of obesity associated with snoring is related to sleep deprivation. When someone is tired too early in the day, they have several options and the two most common choices are stimulants and food.
Although the right foods in the right amounts can provide tremendous health benefits, eating to compensate for a lack of sleep often leads to obesity. There is simply no way to consistently replace the energy that would be acquired through sleep. Typically weight gain due to this kind of eating is progressive and becomes more noticeable over time.
Research has indicated that there is a direct link between snoring and insulin resistance. Diabetes is essentially an abnormally high degree of insulin resistance.
When one is too insulin resistant, the body keeps releasing higher and higher amounts of insulin after food has been consumed. Eventually the body reaches a point where it can no longer effectively control the amount of sugar in the blood after a meal.
At this point doctors call it diabetes. What is not clear is whether or not the increased insulin resistance seen among snorers is a direct result of eating more in an attempt to compensate for low energy levels.
Sleep deprivation is always a serious health risk regardless of what causes it. Statistics indicate that every year approximately 100,000 traffic accidents were caused primarily by sleep deprivation.
This is in addition to injuries in homes and on the job. This condition is even more dangerous for those who work with or around machines, such as in a factory setting.
Sleep deprivation also contributes to chronic over-eating, depression, decreased mental capacity, irritability, and mood swings in some cases.
Snoring is linked to not only the conditions above, but also many others. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans at the time of this writing and sleep deprivation is a leading cause of serious accidents on and off the road.
Those two risks alone can make one shudder when considering the possibilities. It is imperative that all snorers take action to find a solution and minimize these risks.
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There are well over 100 products on the market, so making a decision can be quite daunting.
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