Hi, I am Robert Bates
I have a snoring problem. Well, actually I had a snoring problem. Snoring is not a joke though [...]
Read more >>>
Snoring Solutions Overview
- Oral AppliancesIf you have been looking for a snoring solution for any amount of time [...]
- Chin StrapsAnother device commonly used to stop snoring is the chin strap or chin up strap. This device is [...]
- PillowsOne option you may have seen before is the anti-snoring pillow. These aren’t anything [...]
Top Snoring Devices
It sets a new standard in the MAD category and is the one device I see other [...]
This device is what I use to keep myself from snoring. This mouthpiece works very well for me [...]
The Ear Bursting Killer In Homes Around The World…
Can snoring really kill you? Sadly the answer is yes, and no it cannot annoy you to death. The way that snoring can kill you might surprise you.
Medical professionals only figured it out themselves a little over 10 years ago. Before then nobody was too concerned about snoring or realized the damage it could do.
Do you want to take a guess as to how snoring can literally kill you? The answer is…
I know what you’re thinking. Strokes are caused by heart and blood vessel issues. You are correct. However, snoring and sleep apnea can impact both the heart and blood vessels. Let me explain.
When you snore, the sound itself is caused by abnormal vibrations in the throat and back of the mouth. What do vibrations have to do with your heart and blood vessels? When vibrations travel through your body, they affect your blood.
It still doesn’t sound like a big deal right? Well, when your blood is exposed to strong vibrations, like those that come from snoring, its composition can be altered. Basically anything it is carrying gets knocked out and left wherever it is.
This includes fats, platelets, and even things like calcium. All the things you don’t want to quit moving through your blood vessels more or less.
Are you familiar with the term plaque buildup? That is exactly what snoring can cause in the blood vessels of your throat and head. These are definitely places where you do not want your arteries to harden or get clogged and burst.
Once the blood vessels are clogged they can rupture and give you a stroke. That is the main way that snoring can literally kill you. I’m still talking about regular snoring though. You still need to know about the effects of sleep apnea.
Effects of Sleep Apnea
In case you don’t know, sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to not only snore, but also to stop breathing completely for short periods while you sleep. That brings us back to how this affects the heart and blood vessels. I’m glad you asked!
Let’s just pretend that you have sleep apnea. It’s 2:39 in the morning and you are busy snoring away, maybe even keeping your partner awake. All of a sudden, you stop. You just completely stop breathing.
Somewhere between a few seconds and a minute later you gasp for breath and start breathing again. Other than the obvious danger of going without breathing for too long, several things happened in that short period of time.
The second you stopped breathing carbon dioxide began building up in your body. Normally carbon dioxide is not harmful. However, too much inside your body can kill you. At the same time, the amount of oxygen in your body begins to drop steadily. This continues until you resume breathing.
Here’s the part most people don’t know about. As carbon dioxide levels rise and oxygen levels drop, your body panics. It really is similar to the fight or flight response.
From the time you quit breathing to the time you start again, your blood pressure never stops rising. Did you know that if your blood pressure gets high enough it can actually damage your blood vessels? It’s true.
That brings me to my next point and my full explanation of how this all comes together. Yes, it has been medically proven to be true.
What we have coming together are several effects of snoring that create the ideal conditions for a mass stroke. Blood vessels are being damaged. That means that they have to be repaired somehow.
How does your body do this? Remember that plaque made up of platelets, calcium, and such that I mentioned earlier? That is the material it will use. All of those platelets and the calcium and cholesterol will come together to make up what doctors call plaque.
Plaque in your arteries is bad, very bad. When your blood vessels are filled with plaque, they not only become smaller inside, they also lose their elastic properties. That means more pressure within them and less of an ability to handle that pressure. This exact situation is what sets you up for a stroke.
Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans every year. Strokes are included in that category.
In certain age groups up to fifty percent of people snore. Is there a connection? I would say so. It just so happens that the age groups with the highest percentage of snorers are also the most likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
The worst case scenario would be someone who is overweight and also close to senior citizen status.
There’s only one answer to this problem and that is to stop snoring. There are a number of ways that you can do this and I’ve done my best to explain each one in depth in my articles.
The fact is that snoring is dangerous. Sleep apnea is even more dangerous. If you have one of these problems then please do something to stop it. Don’t do it for me, do it for you.
Wouldn’t just the peace of mind be worth it? I used to worry about whether or not I would wake up in the morning when I was a heavy snorer. I can tell you for a fact that it is so much better to go to bed knowing you will wake up alive and well.
If you seek a solution to your problem you will find it here. If this information hasn’t convinced you that snoring is actually dangerous then I don’t know what will. Find a solution, you deserve it.