Risks of Snoring

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Risks Of Snoring & Sleep Apnea
While 90 million Americans are affected by snoring, at least 37 million adults are affected by snoring daily, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Snoring is not only a nighttime nuisance, but can negatively impact your health as well. In some cases snoring can be considered occasional and harmless. Once snoring becomes habitual, it is recommended that one should see a sleep specialist to avoid health risks.
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Health Risks Of Snoring
Organs and tissues depend on oxygen. As the airways become obstructed during sleep, oxygen levels become lower with each interrupted breath.
The drop in oxygen throughout the bloodstream may cause blood vessels to constrict in the lungs which can lead to pulmonary hypertension.
As the oxygen level in the bloodstream decreases, blood pressure will rise.
With high blood pressure, the risk of a heart attack increases. The risk of a stroke will rise as snoring becomes more prevalent. Problems with the heart may also extend to arrhythmia, resulting in irregularities in heart rhythm.
Fatigue can result in a poor quality of life, lack of concentration, mood changes, memory loss and more. Daytime sleepiness can cause a lack of awareness and drowsiness.
Lack of sleep can affect your mental wellness which may manifest into anxiety and depression.
Chronic morning headaches can come as the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the bloodstream fluctuate throughout the night.

Snoring can also be an indicator of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that obstructs airways during sleep. This is a chronic condition that must be treated. If left untreated, sleep apnea could lead to sleep deprivation, high blood pressure, heart failure, heart attack, stroke, depression and more. It is important to see a doctor to evaluate, diagnose and treat any symptoms you may have.

For more information on how to permanently treat you snoring and avoid health risks, contact New York’s top sleep doctor, Dr. Mayank Shukla and book your consultation today.

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