You may read that title, scratch your head, and say, “How can an annoying sound actually kill you?”
Some might even assume it is a joke, but it’s not. Snoring affects your health in such a huge way that it can be taking time off your life each and every night you sleep.
How serious can snoring be? Studies have shown that snoring can be symptomatic of, or result in, more serious afflictions. These include gastroesophageal reflux disease, headache, loss of bladder control, decreased sexual satisfaction, and weight gain.
But worst of all, snoring could lead to cancer and heart disease. If you snore, ask your doctor about it. You never know if it could lead to something else.
The results of a couple of long-term studies on sleep apnea were revealed in the USA in 2012. Both studies focus solely on how the disruption of oxygen flow associated with sleep apnea and snoring effects long-term health.
I strongly recommend that you read these two articles before leaving my website.
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How I Benefitted from Controlling My Snoring
I had learned to just live with my snoring. As far back as I can remember, I was the topic of jokes amongst friends and it really did not bother me. When I met my wife, I became even more relaxed in my condition because she was a snorer, too.
Then, one day I read an article about how snoring affects your health. I really did not want to believe it. I thought there must be something more to it, so I started doing my own research about snoring and sleep apnea.
The more I learned the more horrified I became. I had no idea what this seemingly harmless condition was doing to my health, so I have to assume that a lot of people visiting my site have no idea what the long-term side effects are either.
Not only was I worried about my health; I was concerned about how the snoring was affecting my relationships. Was I short with my wife, loved ones, and friends because I was not getting enough quality sleep? Is this why I often felt like I was dragging all day at work?
The first article I had read that piqued my interest about snoring and diminished health focused a lot on overweight snorers.
So, although I was intrigued enough to do a little research, I was not too scared because I have never been overweight.
Unfortunately, I quickly learned that you do not have to be carrying around extra pounds for snoring to damage your health.
Immediate Health Benefits
As I mentioned, my wife was also a snorer. We shared a lot of health issues, which we now know were snoring related.
Now that we both wear mouthpieces to stop our snoring, our lives are no longer controlled by the issues we once dealt with constantly.
It is sad when you are keeping over-the-counter headache medicine in the nightstand beside the bed because you know that you will not want to get out of bed without taking it. We were to the point where we set the alarm an hour early just so we could take a pain reliever and go back to sleep. Headaches every morning became a way of life.
We were both always tired during the day. I cannot tell you how many times I would skip lunch at work just so I could take a quick nap in my car. On the weekends when we were home together, we could actually plan our days around “naptime.” How sad is that?
We both constantly went through phrases of irritability and depression. I am not sure which one of us had worse mood swings, but they were pretty bad.
Insomnia – You would think that we would sleep like babies all night considering we were both always tired, right? Wrong! Insomnia often plagued us. I would often wake up and just lie there and stare at the alarm clock, counting down the hours until I had to get up again. You might be able to relate!
A sore throat and dry mouth were frequent topics of conversation. We would have to keep water beside the bed to drink when we would wake up periodically. Of course, this resulted in increased visits to the bathroom, as well. Add this to the list of sleep interruptions! It is always harder to fall back asleep once you actually get out of bed.
Health – We seemed to catch every cold and flu that circled around, and of course, we would generally share it with one another. We were both always rundown and therefore could not fight off viruses.
Not only was it difficult to concentrate; loss of memory was a problem, as well. Sure, we both laughed about the fact that neither of us could remember the name of our favorite restaurant one day, but deep down we were both a little alarmed by this.
Threat of Sleep Apnea
The threat of sleep apnea always lingered like a storm cloud. It especially was a concern for my wife, because not only was she a heavier snorer than me; sleep apnea is in her family medical history.
Chances are pretty good that you are reading that list and shaking your head in agreement to several you experience, too.
Now that we have both controlled our snoring, these issues are a thing of the past. You cannot imagine how good that feels, but I can tell you that you will feel like a brand new person.
Long-term Health Benefits
As I said earlier, I was beyond scared when I started researching the long-term health effects. It definitely gave me a swift kick in the behind to find a product that would stop my snoring.
Now we both have peace-of-mind knowing that we have reduced our risk of serious medical conditions, including:
It is now proven that snoring is directly related to cancer. Do not forget to read my article about the study proving this.
Again, I have included a thorough article about this connection. It is really important that you read it, so you understand just how dangerous snoring is.
Did you know that in America, stroke is the fourth most common cause of death? Well, did you know that snoring puts you at greater risk? According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke kills 130,000 Americans annually. This is 1 in every 19 deaths!
It is no secret that snoring causes high blood pressure. This was proven many years ago and it is probably one health effect that you are familiar with because there has been so much discussion over it. High blood pressure increases your risk for heart attack, stroke, chronic heart failure, and kidney disease.
Snoring is one of the first symptoms of this very dangerous condition. An individual with sleep apnea literally stops breathing multiple times through the course of a night, which cuts off oxygen supply to the brain. Sleep apnea increases your risk for diabetes, heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, heart attacks, irregular heartbeat, and ADHD.
I can’t stress enough how important it is that you ready my articles proving the link between snoring and both cancer and heart disease. As a snorer you can probably relate to a lot of what I have said in this article.
You might be currently experiencing some of the side effects I have mentioned that I once had. If you are looking for a way to stop snoring then you are on the right path to improving your health. However, although mouthpieces are effective they do take a little effort on your part.
The first time you put one in your mouth you may immediately want to take it out and give up. Having something in your mouth all night will not go unnoticed.
You will likely drool and you will probably experience a little jaw soreness the next day.
You might start making excuses not to wear it. Do yourself this giant favor and give it a chance. Your mouth has to get used to it.
Stopping your snoring will provide immediate benefits and reduce your risk for long-term deadly medical conditions.
Understand that the first mouthpiece you try may not be a perfect match for you. Don’t give up. If it does not work; try a different one.
Be patient and make the effort to find one that is comfortable and effective for you. Snoring is a deadly condition and it is your responsibility to do something about it.