Chronic Snoring Affects Quality of Sleep
Nightly snoring will leave you and your partner constantly fatigued.
If you’re a chronic snorer, you can sympathize with Mark’s story. Mark’s partner wakes him up throughout the night, telling Mark that his snoring is making it impossible to sleep. His partner asks for Mark to sleep elsewhere, so Mark trudges to the guest bed and knocks out. In the morning, Mark feels sluggish. He can’t pay attention in his mid-afternoon meetings and ends up taking a nap as soon as he clocks off. Over time, Mark begins to notice that he’s gained weight. He hasn’t exercised in weeks and indulges in sugary and fatty foods more than he used to. Mark worries about his job, his relationship, and his health on a daily basis.
Mark’s story is not uncommon, and many of his issues stem from a particular source: his snoring. In fact, an estimated 40 percent of men and 24 percent of women are chronic snorers.
Chronic snorers typically experience many of the same symptoms that Mark does, fatigue, attention difficulties, excessive napping, weight gain, a decrease in motivation, poor dietary choices, anxiety, and a strained relationship with a romantic partner.
Chronic snorers can also experience:
- Morning headaches and sore throats
- Dry mouth, sinuses, and throat
- Uncharacteristic irritability
- Onset of diabetes
- High blood pressure
What Chronic Snoring Indicates
More often than not, chronic snoring is linked to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder in which breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. These interruptions, called apneas, are caused by the snorer’s airway becoming partially or fully blocked. This reduces oxygen flow, causing micro-awakenings and at times, fully waking up an individual.
Impacts of Chronic Snoring
Chronic snoring results in both short-term and long-term health consequences. Chronic snoring and OSA are linked to heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, obesity, depression, anxiety, and many other ailments.
Additionally, chronic snoring can have the following impacts:
You don’t need to continue to suffer. Sleep Dallas is dedicated to helping sleep-impaired individuals live their fullest lives. Reach out today to start your journey to receiving consistent restful sleep.