Snoring is one of those things we sometimes do not even know we do. In fact, The Snoring Center mentions how many people do not know they snore until someone tells them they do. Whether caused by a structural, medical, or genetic disposition, at minimum, snoring is a nuisance to the partners it disturbs in the middle of the night. Worst-case situation, snoring can be a sign of something more life threatening, such as sleep apnea. With such a large spectrum of potential effects, knowing exactly how snoring affects us is imperative. Below are some of the more common side effects of snoring.
Interruption of Sleep
You may not realize it, but snoring interrupts your sleep cycle. Sometimes the interruption only lasts for a few seconds, but other times it can last for minutes. While a few seconds will not do much harm, it is more frequent interruptions for longer durations of time that are of greater concern. When your sleep cycle is interrupted, it can take a toll on your mental and physical well-being. According to Sleep, this can mean the following:
● Your attention span shrinks
● You become forgetful
● Harmful proteins build up which can lead to dangerous cognitive disorders
● You are grumpy
Getting through a full night’s sleep without interruption is important. When constantly interrupted, the larger effect can be depression or even an increased susceptibility to car accidents.
Strain on the Heart
When you have obstructive sleep issues, specifically sleep apnea, the strain on the heart could be dangerous. It can lead to higher blood pressure, which can lead to an enlarged heart. An enlarged heart can in turn lead to a greater risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
Lower Quality of Life
When you are not sleeping well because of your snoring, you may feel like you are dragging behind the next day. If this occurs on a regular basis, this can lead to less enjoyment in life as you will have less mental and physical wherewithal to do the things you enjoy. A preoccupation with just resting or relaxing can cause you to live life on the sidelines.
As we have seen, snoring can lead to a lack of sleep. A lack of sleep can lead to weight gain in many ways. Sleep deprivation, for one, makes you want to eat more and affects how your body processes food. A continual cycle of this will lead to weight gain. Furthermore, weight can worsen snoring and cause many well-documented health issues.
Snoring has many side effects. Mainly because snoring interrupts sleep, it leads to poor mental alertness, a lack of quality in life, physical health problems, and can launch a vicious cycle that is hard to stop. In the end, this spells disaster. If you snore or know someone who does and these side effects are present, seek medical attention immediately.