Snoring is incredibly common. In fact, at least 50% of the world’s population experienced it at least once in their lives. It can also mean many things, some of which you don’t know about.
If you’re a persistent snorer, it’s best to see a sleep specialist right away for a more accurate diagnosis. If it’s sleep apnea, they may recommend a lifestyle change to reduce risk factors like obesity. They may also recommend treatment, ranging from mouth appliances made by orthodontic laboratories to surgery, depending on the cause of the snoring, its severity, and its health risks.
1. It reduces the quality of life of children.
In a study conducted by the University of Gothenburg, with 1,300 children participants from zero to 11 years old, about 5% of them snored for many times in a week. These children are at risk of suffering from daytime tiredness, poor performance at school, and poor memory retention.
2. It may imply declining memory.
A study published in Neurology (2015) showed a link between snoring and sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder characterized by breathing pauses and memory decline. Among more the 2,700 older participants, those with breathing issues developed a mild cognitive impairment at least a decade earlier than those who didn’t have the problem.
3. It is linked to chronic headaches.
People who suffer from headaches almost on a daily basis are more likely to be chronic snorers. The relationship between these two doesn’t change even if other factors like weight are considered, added a 2003 study in Neurology. The study didn’t establish any cause and effect.
4. Snoring can also mean nothing.
Snoring from time to time is normal and harmless. Tired people, for example, tend to snore as the muscles of their airways begin to relax. Once they are relaxed, they tend to collapse and their passageway becomes narrow. This causes the tissue vibration when air passes through.
Snoring may be harmless — or not. To be always on the safe side, see your doctor as soon as possible.