Snoring – Potential Health Issues and Solutions

How Chelsea and Westminster Patients can Sleep Safely and Quietly at Night.

Snoring is a fairly common occurrence in people, the effects of which can range between amusing and plain annoying. Although often used to good effect in comedy programmes, living with a snorer can be very frustrating indeed and may well lead to partners sleeping in separate beds.

Over a period of time, this type of relationship may well break down, especially at times when pressures are on due to work or other issues. Even stronger relationships though would undoubtedly benefit from a few more peaceful nights sleep!

Health Risks

Perhaps even more alarming though are recent reports that researchers in the United States have done studies which link snoring to a higher risk of heart attack, and indeed, this research has led to calls for snorers to be treated the same as those with high blood pressure and other heart risk factors.

The researchers argue that snoring can lead to a thickening of the arteries, caused by the constant vibrating when snoring,  and reduce blood flow, potentially leading to heart attacks and strokes. These are similar symptoms to those who have suffered from hardened arteries due to smoking and lack of exercise and should not be taken lightly.

Of course, snorers do fall into different categories and most of us will snore occasionally under different circumstances. The main concern however is in those who snore on a regular basis. It is thought that between 25% and 40% of the population do snore on a fairly regular basis and researchers argue that this is something that the medical profession should be concerned about.

Prevention

For many people, there are a few simple factors which can help to stop, or at least reduce the snoring; for example, by taking exercise and maintaining a regular body weight, less fatty neck tissues will help to allow you to breathe more easily while you sleep.

Sleeping on your side may also help as this opens up the airways, however, whilst we may start off the night in this position, it is out of our control once we fall asleep.

Alcohol and smoking too are known to be major causes of snoring and are best avoided, especially if you already have a tendency to snore at night.

For some people though, these suggestions may not work and there are anti-snoring devices available which can help the sufferer (and their partner!). These devices, which open up the airways and prevent snoring are available at Zenith Dentistry in the City of London and we are happy to hear from any of our patients who may suffer from this unpleasant and, it now seems, potentially dangerous problem.