Snoring and Your Heart
Timeless Health Tip
Women that snore, even occasionally, have a 20 percent greater risk of cardiovascular disease than those that do not snore. This finding holds true even after weight, smoking and other health factors are taken into account.
Previous studies on males that snore and those with the breathing disorder sleep apnea, have reached similar conclusions.
Researchers really don't know why snoring is associated with cardiovascular disease risk. But they say it should be a "wake-up call" for those who snore to pay more attention to other cardiovascular disease risk factors they can control like diet and exercise.
Nose Test for Snoring:
Looking in a mirror, press the side of one nostril to close it. With your mouth closed, breath in through your other nostril. If the nostril tends to collapse, try propping it open with the clean end of a matchstick. If breathing is easier with the nostril propped open, nasal dilators may solve your snoring problem. Test both nostrils.
Mouth Breathing Test for Snoring:
Open your mouth and make a snoring noise. Now close your mouth and try to make the same noise. If you can only snore with your mouth open then you are a 'mouth breather'.
If you can find a means of reducing snoring, that should reduce the risk of Apnea.
You are more likely to snore if:
- You weigh too much.
- You are middle-age.
- You are male. The sex difference disappears after a woman goes through menopause.
- Other family members snore.
- You smoke. It increases nasal congestion and inflammation, which can block air passages.
- You drink too much.
- You take sleeping pills, tranquilizers or antihistamines.
- You have chronic nasal congestion causing you to breathe through your mouth.
- Your neck is thick.
- You have an enlarged thyroid gland.
- Your tonsils or adenoids are enlarged.
For more information regarding snoring, check out the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association